On March 15 (also known as the Ides of March--oops the day Caesar was killed), Ed and I drove from our home in Redondo Beach to Pomona to participate in the Family Winemakers of California first Southern California Tasting at Fairplex. Almost 100 small, family-owned wineries, from across California, poured some 500 terrific wines. We saw friends from wineries in Napa Valley there- tennis buddy Mike Beatty, from Howell Mountain Vineyards-- and made some new friends, too: pouring next to us was Jon Phillips, from Inspiration Wines, in Santa Rosa. It was a great turnout of about 750 members of the trade--retailers and distributors.
Our thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the event the success it was.