The perfect food and wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's deal: for $10, you get a wine tasting and appetizers for two (a $25 value) at Ramos Torres Winery in Kingsburg. Visitors must call in advance in schedule a tasting; the tasting room is open Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from noon to 6 p.m.
A Double Gold Medal award winner for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard Zinfandel at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Ramos Torres Winery produces several Central Valley–grown wines under the direction of Oscar Ramos, who holds a degree in enology and a minor in enosophy (the study of wine's thoughts). An in-store wine tasting will let you and a beverage buddy tiptoe your taste buds through a selection of Ramos's varietals and fermented concoctions, which include the 2007 Vino Tinto, a careful blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and petit sirah. The 2007 Branches brims with intense fruit flavors, delighting palates with its blackberry notes and toasty finish, while the 2009 Conversations blends apricot aromas, muscat blanc, and the citrus sensations of orange muscat—tailor-made for sipping atop a bucking bronco. To keep vino-tasters from floating away and damaging the store's new ceiling fans, Ramos Torres Winery will weigh down wine-soaked bellies with a hearty spread of appetizers, including an assortment of artisan cheese and meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and crostini.
The Ramos Torres tasting room's tranquil drinking spot, with its art-adorned walls and rustic décor, fosters an elegant yet casual atmosphere akin to a James Bond villain's basement rec room. Check the winery's event section for upcoming art exhibits and soothing musical performances, which provide a harmonious backdrop while you inspect a wine's color, taste, and ability to stain an ex-girlfriend's dress.
Wines available for tasting may vary from the wines listed online.
Ramos Torres Winery won a Double Gold Medal for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard Zinfandel in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in 2010. Vino Primo also wrote this article on Oscar Ramos and his wines.