Millesime Cellars is one of the newest wineries to hit the Ventura County wine scene. It is a boutique winery that specializes in old world style wines. They normally produce one white wine a year, a Viognier, and the rest of their wines are red or red blend varietals. The name of the wine stands for time, vintage and millennium. It refers to the time in the barrel, the vintage of the wine and the millennium, as the winemaker was in France during this momentous occasion. The winery was started by winemaker, Brittany Rice, as a way to blend all of the elements she loves - art, food, and wine. So this winery offers more than just a wine experience it also offers beautiful photographs, amazing truffle and cheese pairings and an educational experience. Although Millesime is fairly new, beginning in 2005, Rice has been in the wine industry since 1999. Rice started her career working for her families winery, Sunstone, which is in the Santa Ynez area. If you haven’t been to Sunstone it is worth the trip; the winery feels like you just stepped into a Tuscan villa and the wine is amazing. In 2003/2004 she also worked with her brother’s winery, Artiste, and created a label called Rustique. This was also a union of art and wine, as the label was created by Christina Locascio, who paints with chalk and wine. Rice also has experience with fine arts and photography and her photographs can be found on Millesime’s labels and gracing the walls of the tasting room. She took all of the pictures while traveling in France and they are breathtaking. She attended culinary school in 2002 and she loves incorporating her knowledge of food with her wine making by wine pairing. If you get the opportunity to do the wine and truffle tasting it is an amazing experience. For example, I never would have paired curry, chocolate and wine together but it was a flavor combination that was astronomical. The pairing allows you to truly explore flavors that sound out of the ordinary, but are very extraordinary.
Golf Tips with Tommy
By Danah Palmer
Photo by: Nino Rakichevich
Millesime truly believes in aging their wines longer than the average winery. Currently they are selling 2006/2007 varietals and they will age their wines up to 5 years in order to mellow out the wines and enhance the flavors. They use organic grapes that come from small farmers in Santa Barbara County, allowing for enhanced control, flavor and the ability to use the wild fermentation process on some of their wines. Their wines are also unfiltered. All of the wines are very smooth, full of robust flavors and multi-dimensional. Their 2007 Le Reflexion which is 100% Syrah is the wine that Rice recommends for the holidays, pairing well with herbs like rosemary and thyme. I am also partial to their 2007 Bleu Saphir which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. They also have one dessert wine, 2009 Millennium Nights, which has a rich flavor that hints of nuts, coffee and spice. Millesime also has two wine clubs. The 12/20 Club is for those individuals interested in wine blending who wish to make their own blend and bottle it. This is a one on one experience with the winemaker, allowing for wine education, discussion of flavor profiles and a hands-on wine making experience. The name refers to the fact that there are 12 bottles in a case and you will make 20 cases of your own wine. The Millennium Club is the other wine club. It offers a case of wine a year, 6 bottles in February and 6 bottles in September. It also gives members access to library wines, special editions and exclusive members only events. Currently, the winery is offering 15% off wines in their tasting room and on-line for the holidays. They are also taking pre-sales for their 2012 Viognier. The tasting room is located at 425 Constitution Avenue #H in Camarillo. It is open Thursday-Sunday 12-5 and by appointment, (805) 484-1482 www.millesimecellars.com
By Tommy Mansuwan
3, 6, 9, 12 Drill
As mentioned in my previous articles, putting is the key to shooting low scores and may be the quickest way to lower your handicap. In the past months, I have outlined a few drills to help with various parts of the putting game. This month’s article will be a different type of putting drill. I have focused on speed control and aim in the past so this drill will be based on results. It should also provide you with a thorough feel of putting from all sides of the hole. To start off, find a hole that has a slight break and measure three feet on each of four sides of the hole while marking each spot with a tee. The area should look like a cross when all sides are laid out. From there, putt 10 balls at each station while moving around the circle with a total of 40 putts by the time you are done. Keep track of how many you have made as this will be important later. Once you completed that circle, mark out four more points six feet away from the hole. If you have a standard putter, you can always use that to measure the distance. And again, hit 10 putts at each station until you complete the circle while keeping track of how many you have made. Repeat this process for nine feet and 12 feet. You should have hit a total of 160 putts by the end of the drill. Write down the number of putts made from each spot as this will be your baseline for future comparison. While you won’t make all 160 putts you attempt, one important reminder is that you should be 100% from all the three foot stations. This is the area where rounds are saved or lost and most likely, the length your buddies will make you putt to test your nerves. After rolling putts from these areas for awhile, it’ll seem just a bit easier on the course. Although it is key to make those short putts, don’t get upset if you go on a dry spell with those nine and 12 footers. The top players in the world don’t make every putt and you shouldn’t expect to either. To help, you may set a goal to make three out of 10 putts at each station and see where you compare at the end. From there, you can adjust your goal next time accordingly. Make it realistic, yet challenging at the same time. After looking at all your numbers you will see where your weaknesses are. Whether it is the six foot left to right breaker or the nine foot right to left breaker, keep that in mind next time you have a practice session. Try to keep all the numbers together from when you do the drill and you can pick up a pattern and see if you are improving. Work on your trouble spots more often and you will be more consistent. If you have a friend to practice with and enjoy a little friendly competition, try this drill against each other for an added challenge. Putt simultaneously from opposite sides until you complete the circle. As you can imagine, this drill will take some time to complete so try not to get distracted and work your way through at a steady pace. Even if you are short on time, you can complete an adjusted drill by doing only four stations (one at each length or all four at a specific length) or however many you can get in. Remember to go through your routine before each putt as if it were a shot on the course. This will help you focus more on each putt and you may surprise yourself with how many you can make. When putting your time and effort into improving, you should always “practice with a purpose”, otherwise you are just wasting your time.. With the year coming to an end, I’d also like to wish all the readers, contributors, and sponsors of DrivenWorld a joyous holiday season! Wishing you all a Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! See you in 2013!