Taste of Wine: Tequila tasting Twenty/20 style

Taste of Wine: Tequila tasting Twenty/20 style
Twenty/20 Executive Chef Julian Quinones and Sous Chef Gil Manipon presented a custom-cooked Baja style menu paired with Tequila tasting from Milagro. Photo by Frank Mangio

It’s a desert plant, really not much to look at, and if you get too close, it can pinch with its needle-like points.  It’s called the Agave plant.

The best of breed, and the ones that are used for the Tequila beverage, is found in the city of Tequila, northwest of Guadalajara and in the highlands of the state of Jalisco.

There is much to know about this drink, certainly more than the fact it’s the basic ingredient in the ever-popular Margarita.  Twenty/20, in the Sheraton Hotel in Carlsbad produced a Tequila and Tapas event, a coordinated tasting with Milagro Tequila and Twenty/20’s Executive Chef Julian Quinones and Sous Chef Gil Manipon.

Steve George, the Twenty/20 beverage manager, described and offered four separate and distinct styles of Tequila, paired with such delicacies as grilled octopus, corn flan, pepper relleno, hamachi, chicken lollipop, stuffed zucchini and grilled tri-tip.

Quinones is bringing a new zest to the menu.  He’s just on board from the Del Coronado resort, a great catch for Twenty/20.

When choosing your favorite Tequila, ask for Aneyo, aged 3 years in French oak barrels.  It has a rich golden look to it and you can add that to its taste also. All Milagro Tequila is “tripled distilled” for more sweetness.  Twenty/20 has announced that Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. will now feature Tapas with live music on the terrace.  Check it all out at twenty20grill.com

Wine Storage, Safe and Secure

Alec White — no one can deny — has a very nice business. Every day he gets to walk the aisles of his storage warehouse — wine storage.  What is it about us wine lovers that turns us into collectors that we run out of space and turn to San Diego Wine Storage to neatly stack and inventory our wines that we can visit any time during business hours. Of course, I can tell you why I store wine.  Most wines get better over time.

Alec White of San Diego Wine Storage points to typical safe, secure, temperature controlled locker space, with online inventory management. Photo by Frank Mangio

Alec White of San Diego Wine Storage points to typical safe, secure, temperature controlled locker space, with online inventory management. Photo by Frank Mangio

San Diego Wine Storage now has two locations: San Diego and Solana Beach.  Business is good, and has been since 2007. You can’t ask for better service for your treasures than what White provides.  The biggest is customized storage. Not too big and not too small, the private, secure lockers are solid steel.  And if your want bottle racks you can get them.

No fishing through boxes to find your next dinner bottle, just easy access to your best vintages ready for drinking. Another spot-on feature is the locker flexibility. You can store anywhere from 12 to 200 cases as your collection grows.  SDWS even has walk-in cellars that hold up to 500-plus cases for commercial wine stores and bars.  Anywhere in the storage area, you can count on 55 to 58 degree temperature with 60 to 70 degree humidity, perfect for aging. Monitored, layered security systems make for no problem storage.  And there is a creative program for member connections with an information exchange.  The day I was there, SDWS had a private Italian wine tasting with nine internationally known wines for storage customers only.

I’ve only scratched the surface of this storage service so find out more at sdwinestorage.com.

Wine Bytes

Congrats to Randy and his team at Solare Italian Restaurant for being voted San Diego Magazine’s Best Italian restaurant.  On July 11 starting at 10:30 a.m., Solare will have a cooking class teaching how to make Gnocchi and Bolognese. $75 includes the class, wine and lunch.  Call (619) 270-9670.

San Diego State University will have an Intensive Spanish wine class for its next Business of Wine class, beginning July 13 through Aug. 3. More information at (619) 594-1138.

PAON Wine Bar in Carlsbad presents Vino with Gino, a Sunday intimate wine session with Master Sommelier Gino Campbell July 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. Cost is $39 with limited seating.  Contact PAON at (760) 729-7377.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator.  He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at tasteofwinetv.com, and reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.  Follow him on Facebook. 

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