Since the first vines began to climb across Hamilton Oaks Winery in 1989, Ron and Connie Tamez worked with a dedication to craft a selection of fine wines. Having sworn off pesticides and herbicides, the two collaborated with ladybugs and red-tailed hawks that thrive by devouring crop-threatening pests.
Visitors to the Hamilton Oaks Winery are welcome to sample varietals such as chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon during tastings at the historic farmhouse, which has been on the land since the 1920s. Those fields also contain an orchard and mission and malbec grapevines. The space holds up to 400 people, and it's sometimes available for weddings and other events.
Beside the Rhine River in Germany or in sun-soaked fields in Tuscany and California, vines grow heavy with ripe fruit. These jewel-toned morsels fill bottles at PRP Wine International, whose consultants then share the global terroir during special events and private tastings at home. Each staff member has a library of facts about wine production and consumption on the tip of their tongue, as well as several varieties of corkscrews hanging from their mandated utility belt. An online shop organizes varietals, such as montepulciano and gewürztraminer, by their taste profile and country of origin, and sparkling wines are searchable by price point. To deepen their client's connection to their favorite bottle, they may either be etched or emblazoned with custom labels that commemorate an event or deliver a dry thank you.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
The Dregs is many things?wine bar, beer club, gastropub. Two things it's not? Boring and filled with pit vipers. There's always a new beer to try or wine to sip thanks to an ever-changing menu that features drinks from around the world. Recent offerings have included Green Jack Brewery's Baltic Trader Dry Export Stout from the UK and Palmina pinot grigio from Santa Barbara County. These drinks pair with an eclectic spread that includes the likes of rabbit carnitas tacos, free-range chicken wings, and braised wild boar and provolone on a baguette.
Chances are that, right now, a shipment of crushed grapes is en route to The Wine Tailor, ready to be made into one of the winery's 30 plus signature wines. The Wine Tailor has been forging partnerships with premium vineyards from around the world and the giant cork tree at its center. These relationships have been quite fruitful, producing red, white, and fruit-infused wines.
To help patrons select from all of these choices, The Wine Tailor hosts tastings within its Rancho Cucamonga store. The winery doesn't limit customers to one wine list, though?it also welcomes them to craft their own custom wines using the Tailor's formidable stock of grapes.
Since 1978, the staff of Liquorama has helped visitors navigate the impressive inventory of rare wines, beers, and spirits that line the store's many aisles. Drop in for wine tastings three times a week?Friday evenings include sips from an Enomatic wine dispenser, while Saturday afternoons host enlightening custom tastings designed for groups of 10 or more. The store also stocks a variety of accessories for crafting drinks, hosting parties, and pouring beer into its appropriate glassware.