Rhythm and Vine is music, food and wine

Indulge all your senses from 6 to 9 p.m. April 9 at Westfield Center North County San Diego, as Rhythm and Vine comes again for an unforgettable night of hot tunes, hot food and cool, award-winning wine, to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
The music lineup includes the Clay Colton Band with rock, country and folk; Simeon Flick with Acoustic Soul and Anthony Garcia Flamenco Guitar. More than 60 wineries will be pouring, paired with 35 gourmet restaurants.
Under the professional guidance of Fast Forward Event Productions, with an unbeatable history of success in large wine and other lifestyle events, the Boys & Girls Club has found a singular food, music and wine event to raise funds for the 25,000-plus children of San Diego County who ultilize its services.
A highlight for guests is the optional VIP tent granting VIP ticket holders access to exclusive food and beverage partners, as well as a VIP after-party that will last until 10 p.m. The cost is $125 in advance and $150 at the door. General admission tickets cost $75 in advance and $100 at the door. A special discount is available for students and the military-two tickets for $99, pre sale only. Purchase tickets at rhythmandvine.org or call  (760) 858-0591, ext. 203 for questions.
Most wine countries in California are represented with generous pours of Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Sauvignon Blanc and a host of wine blends.
One of the wines showcased in Rhythm and Vine is Callaway Winery of Temecula, fresh from big wins at the 2011 Winemaker Challenge in San Diego.
Callaway was Temecula’s first winery and lately has come a long way with recently changed ownership, winemaker and marketing support.
They have secured gold with the 2008 Winemaker’s reserve Chardonnay and 2009 Winemaker’s Reserve Late Harvest Chardonnay.
Other wineries worth noting are Artesa of Napa Valley, Cass from Paso Robles and Michael-David from Lodi.
Wine-speak from Robert Renzoni
I really enjoy trading comments on wine with the new “millennial.” Say what, you say? That’s OK, I had no clue what this new wine force was until I found out it’s a crucial part of the marketing of Paso Robles wine country, and their college and night club events. It’s all the young adult generation who turned 21 in 2000, to the present time.
I was at a wine dinner recently at the Temecula Creek Inn and they were featuring nearby wines by Robert Renzoni, who himself is a young, good looking Italian guy who does wine-speak in an easy-going harmonious manner. He’s all about family. Robert is full of stories about father Fred’s involvement in Italian wines from back east and how they have built up a family tradition of wine since 1886. A Pinot Grigio, Julia’s Vineyard, is named after his mother, and La Rosa 2008 Rose’ is named after his grandmother. As he likes to say “alla famiglia!”
With this spirit in place, many young “millennials” who came that night listened intently to the wine stories and spoke up about their wine choices. A young, well-dressed lady beside me (who brought her young baby to the event) flashed a winning smile and loved the Robert Renzoni 2008 Sangiovese as a beautifully structured, balanced body of wine with a soft finish. The Temecula Creek Inn event planners scored big-time on this one. Check out future events at temeculacreekinn.com.
Wine Bytes
— PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar is planning a Taste of Bordeaux from 2 to 5 p.m. April 2 in the Wine Bar, served with chef’s selection of fine cheese and fruit. Five wines will range from an ’09 Blanc to an ’07 St. Emilion. A wine host will be at PAON to educate. Cost is $20 per person. Call (760) 729-7377 for details.
— Falkner Winery in Temecula will have Free Live Jazz on Sundays, starting April 3 from noon to 3 p.m. It will be held on the outside lawn area next to the Tasting Room. Saxman Jason Weber will blow. 
— Lovers of Italian wines will want to get on a plane and go to Verona for this years’ Vinitaly, one of the largest showcases for Italy April 7 to April 11. Banfi of Tuscany plays a leading role in the event.
— Proper, a Gastro Pub next to PETCO Park downtown San Diego, will have Anglim Winery of Paso Robles in a wine dinner for $49 each April 4. RSVP at (619) 255-7520. Amglim is a small-lot Rhone style winery.
— South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula brings in the blessing of the Vines Celebration & BBQ from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10. Guests take the processional tour through the vineyards for the blessing and chefs cook a barbecued meal of bratwurst, chicken and burgers, with live entertainment and dancing.  Call (951) 587-9463 for pricing.
— RELM Wine Bistro, downtown Carlsbad is hosting Pre-Dating Speed Dating with the next event at 5 and 7 p.m. April 17. Different age groups are matched up so call for details on pricing and demographs. Call (760) 805-5398 for details. Happpy hour is now extended from 3 to 7 p.m. at RELM.
— The latest issue of Dining Out San Diego, a free glossy magazine on restaurants and menus, is now on display at hotels, restaurants, wineries and galleries.


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