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Join Simple Hedonisms this Friday 4-6 pm for a Live Tasting of Steven Kent & La Rochelle Wines

Simple Hedonisms receives a fair amount of invites to attend live Twitter tastings – a format where you receive the wines, and then join other bloggers on Twitter, tasting, chatting and discussing.

I turn more of these down then accept these days, often either because of ‘day job’ travel conflicts or

often the wines are more mass market and just less interesting.

However I was super excited to receive an invitation to taste the great wines of Steven Kent (Mirassou) and his other label La Rochelle.  La Rochelle specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.I discovered the La Rochelle Pinot Noir, some years ago at Pinot on The River and was a big fan.


What’s This All About, and Can I Join?steven kent

Live, virtual tastings on Twitter can be quite fun to follow, and better yet, join in. Hand selected bloggers will be comparing notes, and engaging the winemaker cheap cialis from canada in questions and dialog.

You can follow along on Twitter hashtag #StevenKentWines – simply search for it on your Twitter browser or application.  (You can also go to and enter #StevenKentWines .)

On Twitter, you may join in and ask questions, reply to the winemakers or bloggers etc. (Twitter account required.)

You can also purchase the wines and share your thoughts!

Online Stores:

Feel free to also call the winery to find out what local shops may have it! Also check for Steven Kent and La Rochelle.

Wine shops  like K&L Wines, JJ Buckley, and Beltramos carry them, amongst others.

Twitter Handles:

Tasting Lineup

From 4-6 pm,  Pacific time, the bloggers will taste through these wines with the winemaker:

  1. 2011 “Lola” (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend) $24
  2. 2010 La Rochelle Chardonnay, Dutton-Morelli Lane, Russian River Valley $65
  3. 2009 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $38
  4. 2009 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Donum Estate, Carneros $75
  5. 2009 Steven Kent Petite Verdot, Ghielmetti Vineyard, Livermore Valley  $50
  6. 2009 Steven Kent Cabernet, Home Ranch Vineyard, Livermore Valley $65

Find one and join us!

For those that miss it, I will add notes to my Cellartracker tasting notes – now over 1,000 notes recorded!

See you on Twitter, and cheers.


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Don't Miss! Saturday Feb 2nd is the 2nd Annual Micro-Winery Collective Open House at Inspiration Custom Crush

This Saturday (tomorrow!) is the  2nd Annual Micro-Winery Collective Open House at Inspiration Custom Crush in Santa Rosa.

Inspiration Custom Crush is located at Inspiration Vineyards & Winery, and is a second business managed by Jon Philips, where very small and/or new wineries can share facilities and knowledge to make their wine.

The Superbowl is the next day, so this is also excellent opportunity to stock up on adult beverages for your Superbowl party.

Try & Buy Wines You Normally Can't

With the exception of Inspiration Vineyards, these wineries don't have public tasting rooms. This is a special opportunity for you to TRY & BUY wines from seven uniquely different wineries, each with their own winemaker present to tell you their story and introduce you to their wines. Experience the small lot, artisanal wines from:

Food Pairings & Offers

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Sonja Schluter, buy pfizer viagra in canada owner and chocolatier of Eye Candy, sampling and selling her artisanal chocolates.  In addition,  two local cheese makers will be offering samples of their delicious artisanal cheeses.

No wine event is complete at without a food truck! David from FishOn will be here featuring the regular menu that includes his famous fish & chips, plus he’ll also have some fan favorites like his pulled pork sandwiches.

Your Ticket Includes $10 Wine Credit!

Upon check-in at the door, you'll receive $10 back in wine bucks, redeemable on the day of the event at ALL seven wineries.  Tickets are $20 at the door, or buy today and save $5  – either thats a price of $5-10 to taste from SEVEN wineries

– beat that bargain for Saturday entertainment!


  • When: Saturday, February 2nd from 11am till 5pm
  • Where: 3360 Coffey Lane – Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Cost: $20 at the door – SAVE $5 by registering online, using promo code: promoiv 
  • Register: please visit

Visit Other Wineries Without Leaving the Parking Lot!

Still 'thirsty' after tasting – the business park has other wineries including Vinoteca, a collective tasting room for multiple wineries; famed Zin maker Carol Shelton; the geeky NPA & Salinia, and high end, appointment only Donelan Wines.

Or visit other nearby wineries on the Santa Rosa Wine Trail!

Have a great wine weekend – cheers!


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