July 25, 2007
Looking for Chambourcin?

A reader's email reminds me that I failed to mention in a post here Monday where persons can buy the Alba Vineyard 2005 New Jersey Chambourcin ($16), winner of the red-wine sweepstakes award at this past weekend's Long Beach Grand Cru.

According to the winery's Web site, the wine is distributed only in New Jersey, but it also can be shipped direct to consumers in California. Visit the Web site or call (908) 995-7800.

The emailer said when she studied winemaking in Australia her adviser was urging vintners to cultivate chambourcin for its disease resistance, fondness of heat and tolerance of humidity.

"One of the more interesting bottles (of chambourcin) I've tried was made by one of my favorite Australian wineries, d'Arenberg (McLaren Vale), well known for their Dead Arm Shiraz," she wrote. She hasn't seen any in Sacramento, but urges readers who are especially interested in Australian and New Zealand wines to swing by the Jug Shop next time they are in San Francisco.

I also forgot to mention Monday that award-winning wines of the Long Beach Grand Cru, along with foods from Long Beach restaurants, can be tasted Aug. 18 during the competition's culinary festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park in downtown Long Beach. Tickets are $160 per person. The tasting, as the competition, is a benefit for the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach. To learn more of the tasting, visit the Long Beach Grand Cru's Web site.

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