Israeli by birth, Oded came to California seeking more exiting waves than the Mediterranean offered. Studying vino culture at UC Davis in the 1980's made for spellbinding attention to his college homework. Now founder of Longboard Wines, the surfer and former professional builder of boards explains the trinity of his two loves,wine and water sport as, "Balance, harmony and nature." From the website, "Surfing is part sport, part meditation and all working within, rather than against, nature. Wine making? Pretty similar approach."
This week Tom Clare and Michael Melgoza of Longboard have been pouring wine and legend in Orange County, extolling the virtues of the brand's refreshments. Longboard wines are contemporary; not overwrought with ornamentation. Aging aided by vintage oak barrels, each varietal is an authentic representation of its heritage.
|Tom Clare and Michael Melgoza of Longboard, with wine fan Toma Tapia|
Sitting near Toma Tapia, I asked which wine she was so obviously enjoying. The Maverick's Signature Series label Syrah. She is right. This Rhone-style darling is the Pièce de résistance .
Remember the scene in Australia when Drover (played by Hugh Jackman) signals to Nichole Kidman's Lady Sarah Ashley when he strides unexpectedly into the formal event- freshly shaven, dashing and devastatingly handsome in formal attire- that he is ready for romance . Their eyes lock- this is the wine that matches that moment in intensity.
Complex in color, the Mavericks Signature Series Syrah is romantically complex and seductive. It would be spectacular accompaniment to a a well- marbled rib eye or lavish lamb main course. One sip- you won't want to resist):-
However, the true enchantment of these delightful "field trips" that come with my profession, are glimpses that authenticate principals of what it means to live a very good life.
When woman and child entered the store- even before they touched- the smile that came across James Franklin's face, the way his pupils dilated , it is obvious that James is a man in love. Meet his lovely wife Sarah, and precious daughter, Lily Skye- as in a place dear to his Scottish heritage- the Isle of Skye.
Somehow, I knew there was a reason to ask about the shoes Lily Skye was wearing. Glittery pink, impossibly princess-ey cute, they are Tom's Shoes. Available at Nordstroms, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
NapaStyle South Coast Plaza
3333 Bear St.
Costa Mesa, CA
When you are in the store- ask to be put on the store-specific list. You will be GLAD you did.