This post was sponsored by Cambria Winery as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
If you don’t, I’m surprised, but if you do, it’s because I love to take the time to remind people about it a half dozen times! I’m proud of the time I spent in California. Why? It’s because it was a life dream of mine for most of my life and I was able to fulfill it. I was actually a bit reluctant to come back, even though I knew it was the best answer for us at the time. We wanted to raise children close to their grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. It just made sense at that point.
We lived right in the heart of the city. You all know I’m a country girl, and ultimately, the things I miss the most about California are the unique landscapes, beaches, fields, and wineries. That’s right. Wine country made me the most proud to live where we lived. I loved having house guests so that we could go for amazing drives and find amazing places to stay right in California’s wine country. From the north to the south, and back again, it’s a dream of mine to explore it in full detail one day. And perhaps, that’s where I’ll retire? A girl can dream, and I’ve already fulfilled one California dream so far in life.
You also know, I hope, that I’m a super taster. It might make me a pickier eater than most, or at least it did when I was a kid, but it means I love and respect only the best (to me) foods and wines. I love how a smell or a simple sip can take me back to those sun-ripened valleys and fields. To get a feel for it, you HAVE to check out this Notes of Cambria video series:
I’m so enthralled with this video series! I have been listening all day. And, I definitely don’t want to give too much away, but a musician was asked to write two songs, each based on a Cambria Wine. First, was Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay.
The song, like the wine, starts with a swirling of the glass sensation. The wine inspires notes of citrus. It’s bright, fruity, high level, and with a soft, beautiful finish. I found it dreamy – and that the accordion opened up my heart and mind.
I love how taste can inspire music. I have thought this my whole life. Next, the musician was asked to write a song based on Cambria’s Benchbreak Pinot Noir. And this one, of course, was different! It was in the key of minor, instead of major.
The Pinot Noir inspired red fruit flavors – like cherry, strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, etc. It was rootsy and down home. The darker fruits stick around in your palate and in your mind. It’s deeper and more thematic, but still plucky.
I totally thought I’d like this Pinot Noir Waltz best, but ultimately, the Chardonnay Shanty was the one to stick with me all day. I usually have to listen to a song several times for it to stick in my head, but the Chardonnay Shanty was instant. It made me think about sipping the Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay in a field in California. I’m a sipper. And of course, I thought about drinking Cambria’s Benchbreak Pinot Noir at night in the vineyard. Maybe with light music playing and in late summer/early fall. They both evoke different California memories for me, as well as dreaming of any future trips.
Cambria Benchbreak Pinot Noir and Cambria’s Benchbreak Chardonnay are both estate-grown, bottled, high-quality, immensely flavorful wines that are evocative and expressive of California’s Santa Maria Valley – which is the wine-growing region they’re from. I love how these musical pairings are a brand new approach to experiencing, learning and talking about wine. I know it has made me think more about wine, and has made me yearn for a trip out west! Which would you try first?