Welcome to Chateau Garage, a website by amateur winemakers dedicated to the amateur winemaker, drinker, taster, and buyer.  In other words, the fun associated with wine making, evaluation and consumption…all on an amateur level, of course!

Having a little fun, with wine, is a main reason for this site. The key word here is “fun.” Fun, as in no wine snobbery here. Some of the best advice we ever heard about enjoying wine is this:

“Pop the cork and lap it up!”

These are the words of Roy Brady, editor of Wine World magazine, from a 1973 interview with one of Chateau Garage’s wine makers as part of a college course at USC.

It was good advice then, and certainly holds true today.

2015 Spartan Tailgate Wines

Date Opponent Time Tasting Wine
09/03/15 vs. New Hampshire 7:00 p.m. Chardonnay (Why?   Something frilly Northeasterners might like . . . and understand!)
09/26/15 vs. Fresno State * 7:30 p.m. Syrah (Why?  The game, and the wine, should be a boomer.)

Just four wines were submitted for tasting: There was a tie for first:  2012 Match Book Morgan Hills Syrah ($14.99 at Whole Foods) and Zaca Mesa Syrah ($25 at Whole Foods).

10/17/15 vs. San Diego State * 7:30 p.m. Merlot  (Why?  The closest we’ll get to the Sideways location all year)


10/24/15 vs. New Mexico * 4:00 p.m. Chianti (Sangiovese also acceptable.  Why?  These guys won’t know the difference and most Chianti wines these days are 100% Sangiovese anyway.)
11/06/15 vs. BYU 8:30 p.m. Cabernet Sauvignon (Why?  They don’t drink wine anyway, so why not choose a good one!)
11/27/15 vs. Boise State * 12:30 p.m. Pinot Noir (Why?  The best Pinot is a delicate balance of factors . . . the way we’ve been playing the last few games with these guys!).

*Conference Games

New Location
Note this is the season ticket holders lot and will require a parking pass to enter.  However, the spot is just to the right of the main entrance.  Folks can still park near the palm trees and take a short walk over to the tailgate location.   Look for the Chateau Garage banner facing 10th Street.