Bodegas Caro Amancaya - Best Malbec

Five Best Malbec for Malbec World Day

It’s that time of the year when we make an extra effort to enjoy Malbec. On April 17th, we celebrate Malbec World Day 2021 as we try to discover the best Malbec. Whether you drink Malbec Argentino or Malbec from another part of the world, we lift our glasses and toast the grape, the country

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Bella Collina Vineyards - Mendocino County Wine

Mendocino County Wine: Barra of Mendocino Legacy

You might say Charlie Barra was a maverick. He was ahead of his time. Charlie purchased his vineyard in 1955, way ahead of the wine boom bringing many of our pioneering wineries to Napa and Sonoma in the 1960s and 1970s. Starting as a grape grower, he set the standard for Mendocino County wine and

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Folded Hills Winery Tasting Room

Folded Hills Winery: Drinking In The Farm

The legacy of a winery impacts the wine produced. It can be about the place, the family that owns it, the farming style, or the ranch. All these factors unite to give you the history and story. Folded Hills Winery, a farmstead in Gaviota, symbolizes this more than any winery in Santa Barbara County because

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L'Ecole Fuerguson Rock

Washington Wine Month: Celebrating L’Ecole No 41

As we honor Washington’s wines during Washington Wine Month, it is important to recognize the pioneers who made Washington a viable place for cultivating grapes and producing wine. It is also a celebration of our 2nd largest wine-producing state in the United States. This year Washington Wine Month has more meaning because it is a

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Best Red Wine

Five Best Red Wine for 2021

Moving into spring, let us take one last look at this winter’s best red wine for 2021. These wines can go with a hearty stew, a steak, lamb, or even pork. Many of these wines are suitable for any time of the year as they have the versatility to lend themselves to a lighter fare.

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Col d'Orcia Gardens

Col d’Orcia: The best of Brunello Di Montalcino

In 1980 Brunello Di Montalcino became one of the first DOCG designations in Italy. Historical records from the 14th-century show production of Brunello in Montalcino, a town located in the province of Siena south of Florence in the heart of Tuscany. In the 1960s, there were 11 producers of Brunello, and by 1968 the region

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New Mexican Wine Gruet Sparkling Wine

Gruet: The Best of New Mexican Wine

New Mexican wine and grape growing started long before the first plantings were seen in California. Almost 400 years ago, circa 1629, the first grapevines planted were along the Rio Grande River by Monks, who brought vines from Spain. One might say the birth of American viticulture started in New Mexico. One long-standing winery in

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Terragena Off-The-Grid Winery and Vineyards

Terragena: Excelling at Off-The-Grid Wine

Discover a maverick when you meet Terragena Vineyard’s Chris Buchanan. Making a dramatic career change in 2008, Chris moved from New Orleans to Humboldt County’s Myer Flat. As a mathematical researcher, Chris was keen on creating everything from scratch. He started with nothing and ultimately developed a small limited production off-the-grid winery. It began with

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Valentine's Day 2021 Wine

Valentine’s Day 2021: Romancing with Wine

Valentine’s Day 2021 may be a little different this year because we are in the midst of a pandemic, but whether we spend the day with the person we love or visit with them virtually, we can still enjoy a glass of wine.  My wine of choice for the day is Rosé.  The elegance of

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Casablanca Valley

Ritual Wines: Exploring The Rituals of Organic Winemaking

A ritual is defined as a daily action performed regularly. It can be a custom, practice, or even a habit. We all have daily routines that inspire us to get through the day. During COVID, it might be the Ritual of a virtual wine tasting. We began this practice in 2020, and it will continue

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