Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr

Crocker & Starr: A female winemaker’s quest for terroir driven Cabernet Franc

There are many prominent female winemakers making their mark on an industry that was established predominately by men. One such woman is Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr has an affinity for Cabernet Franc. The winery is celebrating their 20th year of producing wine, which shows the prowess and stamina of the woman behind this

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Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room

Jamie Slone Wines: From the speedway to the tasting room

Finding an invigorating and dynamic wine tasting experience in Santa Barbara is easily found when visiting Jamie Slone Wines. Here you will meet the charismatic and engaging Jamie Slone and walk away with an enchanting experience. The tasting room offers an eclectic yet consistent collection of wines that includes Rhones and Bordeaux blends as well

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Leslie Preston in vineyards

Coiled Wines: Winding a path through the Snake River Valley

It is not often that you run across a winery that truly defines a region, AVA and the topography of an area with their branding. Sitting at dinner recently sipping a bottle of the Coiled Sidewinder from Idaho’s Snake River Valley AVA, the thought occurred. The Coiled label and branding not only represents the region;

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Oso LIbre Wines

Oso Libre: Finding the spirit of wine in Paso Robles

Before grape growing developed or became popular in Paso Robles, cattle ranching was one of the big draws in the area. The budding wine industry did not emerge in Paso till the 1960s and 70s. Today Oso Libre winery has merged these two agribusinesses. Through their Vines, Wine and Angus program they grow grapes, make

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2016 Wines in Review

2016 wines in review

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are some wines that had a lasting impression and are truly stellar. Between wine tastings, wineries visited, and countries traveled over the last year, here is list of exceptional wines and wineries I discovered throughout this past year. Furthermore there is no particular order, the wines

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Wine for the New Year

Eight wines to bring out the spirit of the New Year

As New Year’s Eve is just around the corner I wanted to share some wines that I recently sampled that might tickle your fancy for the New Year. These suggestions will include sparkling wine to kick off the New Year but it will include some wines to pair with you holiday dinner. White Wines: If

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Mercer Wine Estate Spice Cabinet Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Mercer Wine: A family’s legacy in Horse Heaven Hills

Exploring new wineries is always a thrill for a wine writer. Today we travel to the state of Washington to discover the pioneer of grape growers in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Mercer Wine Estate. The Mercer family is now in their 5th generation and have been forging there way across the United States since

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Desserts Aboard the Celebrity Reflection

What is in this Cuisine: Dining with Dietary Restrictions

The definition of cuisine is a style of cooking that is specific to a country or region. It can be cultural or geographic but for each individual the cuisine can take on a different perspective. What one person appreciates in a particular cuisine may not be to the liking of another and vice versa. For

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The Ferrari Sparkling Wine

Ferrari Trento: Bringing out the dazzle of sparkling wine

It was the 2016 Emmy awards that brought the owner of Ferrari Trento to Los Angeles but it was the after party the following day where this Italian winery showed their true colors and expertise of creating a spectacular collection of sparkling wine. What made this event more extraordinary was the ambiance of the Bel

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Italy American Chamber of Commerce Meets Cafe Del Rey

Italy American Chamber of Commerce West meets Cafe Del Rey

The Italy American Chamber of Commerce West, IACCW brings the real Italy to the United States through various programs that include the Taste of Italy Roadshow and the Extraordinary Italian Taste. Tastings include the pairing of authentic Italian food and wine. One will find that the Italy Chamber has us explore the developments of Italian

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