Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life is Good Indeed! - Monterey, California

Beautiful ocean hole at MPCC
 As we marched down the fairway of Monterey Peninsula Country Club, ocean in view, sun peeking through the clouds, my friend Andrew couldn’t contain his joy. “Bob – life is good. Isn’t life good?”

On the way up north, golf at Rancho San Marcos (near Santa Barbara) was good. Poppy Hills was better and this track in Monterey was best of all. Andrew was right of course.

It only got better that night. We could have easily dined at one of the hip venues around Pebble Beach. Instead, from the deck of our generous host’s home on 17 Mile Drive, our foursome fired up the Weber and grilled filet mignon, served along with baked potatoes, corn on the cob and salad, featuring my own avocado balsamic Italian dressing. The moans were audible at the dining room table, amplified with each sip of the 2003 Kelham Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.

Kelham ages their wine in the bottle longer than most before release. The result: Intense flavor. We’ll talk about our visit to Kelham down the line. It is a high quality vineyard sitting on rich soil and a visit there is a treat for the senses. 
By now, you should have an idea of the direction this blog will go. If you are like me, you enjoy living well; splurge when you can, but without throwing money away. Residing in Los Angeles, with an inherent need to write, I'm a lover of and frequent visitor to Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Paso Robles, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Mammoth...all great places to enjoy wine, food and gourmet java. LA is also a fine town for such luxuries, but there's something special about a road trip and the adventures that are part of the ride.  

 The java part of this URL relates to the fact that I intend to share my love of coffee. As a founding partner of Gourmet Coffee Service, the leading coffee service in Southern California. We serve over 2000 corporate clients. I’ll have some exciting products to share with you. In the meantime, visit Gourmet’s site, like us on our Facebook page (there are lots of freebies) check out my coffee blog and if your office is in Southern California, connect with us. Our slogan, “We’re Going to Spoil You,” says it all.

You’ll enjoy this blog:

· If you find pleasure dining out with a special bottle of wine in tow (at restaurants where the menu makes it hard for you to choose),

· If you enjoy eating at home, with your grilling skills enhanced by a nice glass of Duckhorn Merlot - one of my many wineclub affiliations.

· If you love to tee it up with great friends and look forward to the laughs at the “19th hole.”

· If you consider a trip to wine country (with eye on tasting) to be something special.

· If you could easily spend a day wandering the tasting rooms around the Healdsburg town square – another future topic.

· If an early morning bike ride through the vineyards gets your blood flowing.

· If you could follow a day on the slopes at Mammoth with a Crown Royal Reserve.

· If you are interested in cool new products related to wine, food and java.
2007 Peju Merlot

Wine, food, java, good friends and an active lifestyle. Life is good, indeed!

Today's Wine Pairing:  Try the 2007 Peju Merlot with a nice aged chedder... Here are the tasting notes on the wine.  We've actually tried it with grilled salmon - as the winery suggests - it's a wine that pairs nicely with fish.

Value Wine of the Week: Louis Martini 2009 Sonoma County Caberet Sauvignon. I'm a huge LM fan - wonderful winery to visit - and this Cab is quite nice.

Here is what the winemaker says:  The 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County's most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each vineyard, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Made to accentuate the high-toned, delightful fruits of Sonoma County's vineyards, this wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with an underlying dry creek dustiness.

I like it and you can get it from our friends at

What I’m listening to when I'm driving from LA to wine country:  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. What a great escape from traffic and business news radio!

If you drive a lot, or if reading just wears you out, you have to try Audible. I am thoroughly addicted to the Audible downloads program. Check out the amazing introductory offer from our friends at I’m personally cranking through a book each week.  It's the best thing I've discovered since wine!

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