Stellar Wine 2018

Wines in Review: Stellar Wine of 2018

Beckoning in the New Year, I like to revisit those wines I sampled in 2018, which made a lasting and stellar wine impression.  Here are the exceptional wines and wineries that merit recognition. Furthermore, the wines chosen are those wowed me, and I wrote about throughout 2018. I will also share the two winemakers that

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: Chilean Wine at its Best

Some wines should be reserved for a special occasion. One such wine is the Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. For me, I celebrated Christmas Eve and the birth of our puppies that same day. After tasting the Don Melchor 2015, I knew immediately and without reading the material sent to me about the wine that

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Sparky the Siamese Cat

COULD I BE A GRANDMOTHER TO OUR CATS?

For a number of reasons, I missed the turnoff for bearing children; so, therefore, being a grandmother is now out of the question. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve wondered what my life might have been like if I had chosen to be a mother. I’m sure motherhood has many rewards, but I know it’s

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South African Wine

South African Wine: Exploring the Western Cape

The South African Consulate-General Los Angeles presented a South African Wine Lunch. Wines of South Africa partnered with the consulate for this luncheon at A.O.C. Jim Clarke, Marketing Director for Wines of South Africa, was our host along with the wines served at the luncheon. Most vineyards in South Africa are located in the Western

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View from Milagro Farm Winery

Discover Ramona Wineries: San Diego County’s Best Kept Secret

Ramona Valley is one of Southern California’s secrets. Most people are not aware that this is one of our states wine regions. Ramona Valley’s topography can be described as the old west meets Tuscany. The area reminds me of Maremma a portion of Tuscany known for its wine and cowboys, the Butteri, who work the

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Trivento Eolo Malbec

Trivento Eolo: Old Vine Malbec at its Best

Sipping the Trivento 2014 Eolo Malbec, I am reminded of the first time I sampled the Eolo while visiting the winery in 2013.  At the time, I tasted the 2009 and my favorite wine of my visit that day.  Much like the first time I sampled the wine, I feel it is still the most

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Alloro Vineyard Landscape, Chehalem Mountains AVA

Alloro Vineyard: Defining the Chehalem Mountains AVA

Visiting Alloro Vineyard, one gets a good sense of what the Chehalem Mountains AVA is all about. Located west of Portland in Sherwood, a portion of the Tualatin Valley, the winery also sits in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. The Chehalem Mountains AVA was established in 2006. The soils consist of three types:

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Autumn Wine

It’s the season for Autumn Wine

As the vineyard’s leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange, we know autumn is in our midst. The food on our table begins to change to a heartier cuisine. Thus it becomes time to consider the best Autumn wine to complement our meal. Here is a selection of autumn wine to grace your table:

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Thanksgiving 2018 Pinot Noir

Wine Watch: Wine for Thanksgiving 2018

Well, as we have seen, walking into any retail store about now after finishing Halloween – they are not only ramped up for the Thanksgiving 2018 holidays – but Christmas is on the floor front and center. Let’s take a long deep breath, and a minute to think about wines for Thanksgiving 2018 now, as

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ThunderWunders - Dog with Separation Anxiety

ThunderWunders: Helping the Dog with Separation Anxiety

As many know, I rarely write about a pet product unless I feel my dog might receive a benefit. I do not frivolously try products. Knowing I was going to leave Ami, a dog with separation anxiety alone for a week, I decided to try some calming products, from ThunderWorks®. Ami is a rescue who

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