A few of my fellow participants in the ‘Business of Wine’ Certificate program from SDSU, offered to volunteer at the “Toast of the Coast” Wine Festival at the San Diego State Fair this weekend. As they had too many volunteers, we were given wristbands to participate in the event. How lucky were we!
We tasted a lot of wine, and sampled some amazing cheese! We ended up enjoying many of the winners of the 2018 Toast of the Coast event. Here are some of our favourites.
We loved the wine that won a double gold at the 2018 Toast of the Coast, The 2014 Testament Bordeaux Blend, Ascension Cellars. This Paso Robles wine is comprised of 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec.
This wine was amazingly smooth. We tasted berries – blueberry and blackberry. A nice rich finish on the palate. Very tasty and delicious!
Another red favourite and double gold winner with the second highest score of the competition at 95, was Vino Urbano Winery’s 2015 Petite Syrah. I was curious to try this as it’s a local San Diego Winery! This French wine had a nice minerality and we paired it with the Cypress Grove’s Midnight Moon cheese. We were all in love with this cheese!