You are invited to join the Wine Pairing Weekend #WinePW group for our March 2020 theme:
“Tasting California: Cookbook Tour paired with California Wines.”
It is sort of like a virtual cookbook/supper club. You select a California cookbook recipe, cook up a storm, taste, and pair California wines with the recipe, take photos, blog about your adventures, and then join us on Twitter Saturday, March 14th, 2020, at 11:00 AM ET to chat about Tasting California.
California Cookbook Inspiration
Need some cookbook inspiration? I have a few favorite California cookbooks! I will be featuring What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food by Gaby Dalkin. Gaby is a California cooking sensation and brings the delicious freshness of California foods to the table with simple everyday recipes. (You are open to choose your own California inspired cookbook for the theme.)
California Wine Regions
California wine is bigger than just Napa Valley and Sonoma County. California has about 543,000 acres planted with vineyards from Shasta County in the north to San Diego in the south and 139 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).
Main Wine Regions
- North Coast: Lake County, Los Carneros, Mendocino County, Napa Valley, Solano County, Sonoma County
- Central Coast: Livermore Valley, Monterey County, Paso Robles, San Benito County, San Francisco Bay, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains
- Sierra Foothills: Amador County, Calaveras County, El Dorado County, Nevada County, Placer County, Yuba County
- Inland Valley: Lodi + the Delta, Madera County, Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley
- Southern California: Cucamonga Valley, Los Angeles Area, San Diego County, Temecula Valley
- Far North California
California Grapes Varieties
There are more than 100 grape varieties grown in California, including French, Italian, Spanish, and hybrid grapes.
Principle white varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Muscat/Moscato, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier
Principle red varieties: Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
Are you interested in joining us? Here is how to join:
- Send an email to me at AlwaysRavenous28@gmail.com to tell me you’d like to participate as a writer. Make sure to include your blog url, Twitter handle, and any other social media details. If you know the title of your blog post already then, please send that along, but it isn’t due until the week leading up to the event.
- Share your California Cookbook and California Wine Pairing
- Send your blog title to me by Tuesday, March 10th, to be included in the preview post. I’d also appreciate your blog url as well. Your title should include “#WinePW.”
- Publish your post between Friday, March 13th, until Saturday morning March 14th by 9 am EST. Feel free to schedule your post and tweets in advance to save time.
- Include links to the other #WinePW participants in your post and a description of what the event is about. I’ll be providing the updated HTML code that you can easily plug into your blog post that will link everyone’s articles together. Once the event has been completed, the final updated HTML code will be sent out for everyone to update their site.
- Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. We have a Facebook group for participating bloggers to connect and share, too.
- Sponsored posts are ok if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.
Our Twitter chat about Tasting California: Cookbook Tour Paired with California Wines is scheduled for March 14th, 2020, from 11a to 12p EST. Just follow the #winePW hashtag.
Even if you don’t have a blog, feel free to join the conversation about Tasting California! Have a favorite California cookbook and California wine pairing? Have you visited a California wine region? We’d love to hear about your experience in the California wine country and something special you found there. We love visitors!