Month: June 2018

MiraCosta Flyer is out!

A Certified Somm shows you differences in New vs. Old World wines. In this entertaining and engaging class, learn to accurately identify a wine based on its sight, nose and palate characteristics using a deductive approach. Taste varietals such as Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc side-by-side from both worlds—6 wines per session!

Note: Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances or colognes, as they will interfere with your learning experience. Must be 21 or older to register.

Fee: $90. Early Bird Special $75 (Register BEFORE 9/6 for this rate)

Supplies: A $60 material fee will be collected in class. Please bring three wine glasses, pen and paper to each class.

Instructor: Dane Kuta
Location: San Elijo Campus, Room 406Time: 6 Wednesdays, 9/12–10/17, 7–8:30 PM


iPalpiti Festival Preview Concert

The iPalpiti Festival Preview Concert was an amazing event. In addition to fabulous live classical music, a sensational selection of wines were offered. Although not completely accurate (the wine selection changed at the last moment), below is a list of the wines offered.

The selections stimulated great conversation, with the crowd favorites being the Super Tuscan and the Côtes du Rhone. The Riesling was a tough sell, but only until the food arrived. Then it was by far the most popular white – a wonderful pairing with the mildly spicy Mexican food offerings.

iPalpiti Festival Preview Concert
Wine List


New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the renown region of Marlborough

California Central Coast Chardonnay from a high-quality producer

Trocken Riesling from the Rheinhessen region in Germany


Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County

Cabernet Sauvignon from the up-and-coming region of Paso Robles

Côtes du Rhône GSM from the prestigious producer E. Guigal

Super Tuscan from Bolgheri, Italy

Wines poured by Dane Kuta, a Certified Sommelier and Italian Wine Professional. Dane will be happy to tell you about the wines. Ask Dane what’s in the Super Tuscan, what GSM means, or why the Russian River Valley is so famous for Pinot Noir. And what the heck does Trocken mean?


2018 Toast of the Coast at the San Diego County Fair

I poured for Double Bond Wine.  It was a pleasure to meet Double Bond founder John Klacking and pour his incredible wines.  I highly recommend anything from this outstanding Central Coast producer.  The wines available:


(1) 2013 Reserve Pinot Nori Toretti Vineyard

95 Points & Best of Class – 2018 San Diego Toast of the Coast Wine Competition​

(2) 2014 Discombobulated GSM

Blended bottle of the classic Rhone-style varietals Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedré

(3) 2014 The Other Side

Red blend leading with Zinfandel.


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