The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the annual Barrels in the Mission Plaza event. Friday night features exclusive winemaker dinners at participating wineries and your weekend Passport to SLO Wine Country will grant you entry into over 30 wineries on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.slowine.com or call 805-541-5868.
One of the largest and finest classic car and street rod shows. Over 850 classic cars and street rods participate. Fun for the entire family! For more information, please visit www.thepismobeachclassic.com or call 866-450-7469.
June 1. Begin your morning with a 5k run or walk with your dog through Shell Beach. After, you and your dog can attend the “Dog Expo” at Dinosaur Caves Park benefitting Ward House Charities. Enjoy free admission, adoption fair, agility & skill demonstrations, “haute” couture doggy fashion show, and doggy costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to dogs in each age group for both male and female dogs. For more information, please visit www.FireHydrant5K.com.
Open House for this event is on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 am – 3 pm
Over 315 vintage trailers and their proud owners will be participating in the 6th Annual “Trail Along to Pismo” Vintage Trailer Rally next weekend at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. The highlight of the weekend is the open house and swap meet on Saturday May 18 from 10 am to 3 pm. All the units will be decorated inside and out in vintage décor as they celebrate trailers built between 1930 and 1979. Resort guests and the public are welcome to join the fun and tour the units during the open house and there is no charge. Anyone not a registered guest should park off the resort and walk into the event, as parking is not available on site. See restored units from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with names like Airstream, Boles Aero, Shasta, Silver Streak, Vagabond, Westcraft, and some one of a kind. In addition many of the units are towed with vintage vehicles such as Hudson, Ford and Chevy Pick-ups, Willys wagons, and numerous Woody wagons. Participants have planned activities such as a bowling tournament at Pismo Bowl, kite flying, outdoor movie night, group meals, socials, and a “Trailer Trash” happy hour.
The webpage for the Vintage Trailer Rally is www.vintagetrailercamp.com
Pismo Coast Village RV Resort is a premier 400 site full service resort located on the beach in Pismo Beach California. It is within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, and the Pismo Pier. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, PCV is a great home base to visit many local attractions such as Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, the Oceano Dunes, and a vast selection of wineries. Visit our website: www.pismocoastvillage.com.
Ever wonder what exactly is in wine? Yes, you know it has grape juice, some yeast and maybe the grape skins if you’re making red wine. But what else can be in there? Would it be far fetched to think that egg whites, mega purple coloring, gelatin and even water could be in that tasty bottle of Cabernet?
There are plenty of labeling laws when it comes to wine, but no ingredient laws like there are with many other food products. A few wineries have independently started to include an ingredient list on their labels to show how little is needed to make a bottle of wine that can last in a cellar for years and still be delicious.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in the US\ and the government authorities in all other wine- producing countries have approved over 60 additives for use in wine. Many wineries use just a few additives in their winemaking programs; others rely on them to make sure their product is consistent and tastes good.
Common additives in wine include cultured yeasts to maintain fermentation, calcium carbonate to stabilize and reduce excess natural acids, and citric acid to correct natural acid deficiencies. Other additives include tartaric acid, tannin, ascorbic acid to maintain color and flavor, and potassium meta-bisulfate to sterilize and preserve wine.
Egg whites have been used for at least 200 years to clarify wines and to moderate the sharp tannins that can make your mouth pucker. In some French wineries it is a common practice to add a half dozen eggs (whites only please) to each barrel. Food grade gelatin is also often used as a fining agent to help make wine bright and clear.
Various gasses are also used during processing to keep the wine fresh and to stay out of contact with oxygen, such as nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. Water is sometimes added when grapes come in from the vineyards overripe. Adding water will dilute sugar concentration and the total acidity of the juice. Less sugar will lower the resulting alcohol levels and produce a better balanced wine.
Sulfites are naturally occurring in wine and can also be added to keep wine fresh. A number of people have allergic reactions to sulfites and need to find wines low in sulfites.
Additives can clearly improve wine by keeping it fresh, clear and tasty. These substances help keep wine quality high and can also improve otherwise marginal wine.
By Barrie Cleveland