Unexpected Pairings in a Private Atelier, a Bel Air Estate and a Lush Vineyard...

Nancy Gale is the founder and the designer of coveted luxury handbag line, JAMAH (www.jamah.com). I’m the founder of GoodTasteLA.com, an entertaining new blog that covers everything under the sun that I consider is in good taste or tastes good! Recently, Nancy and I were in Paso Robles, brainstorming about out-of-the-box ideas to partner with friends – the owners of Paso Robles-based Lone Madrone Winery, who just happened to have won the distinction of winemaker of the year from The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards. While talking, we had an epiphany. We realized that the way wine is described is very similar to the way JAMAH’s luxury handbags are described. JAMAH and Lone Madrone share words like supple, buttery, woodsy, smooth, bark, shimmery, textured, distinctive and earthy, among others. Eureka!  We’ll have a wine and bag pairing!  Brilliant. Here’s how we envisioned it would work: Lone Madrone will supply a tasting of 4-5 wines. Each wine will be paired with handbags that match the description of the wines. We rushed back to Los Angeles and put it into motion. Within a few weeks, the  first event was organized, an intimate gathering at JAMAH’s private atelier, titled “Uniting Luxury – the Tastes and Textures of the Seasons. After an aperitif on the ocean-view patio for 20 guests, the wine was poured. A sinewy model graced the room, tantalizing guests with a luxurious JAMAH handbag, the perfect pairing for the luscious wines they were tasting. For example, Lone Madrone paired the 2009 “Old Hat” a dry farmed combination of Zinfandel & Petite Syrah; briary, vibrant red berry, a hint of chanterelle and an intriguing smokiness. Dark, yet bright fruit gives flavors of black cherry and dried cranberry. With excellent balance and beautiful tannic...