Premier Cru Collection Stemware

Premier Cru Collection: Stemware that enhances the wine

Enjoying wine encompasses not only the bottle of wine chosen but also the company you are with, the cuisine you are pairing with the wine, and the type of glass that the wine is served. The glass can make or break the occasion. Recently at a dinner at Ysabel, I had the opportunity to meet

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Mark Horvath, Crawford Family Wines and Cori Solomon

Crawford Family Wines: In pursuit of balance

Each year the wines from Crawford Family Wines get better and better. I first discovered Crawford wines at the Sta. Rita Hills Wine and Fire event in 2013. The growth and development of both the wine and the winery are impressive as the Horvath’s continue through their pursuit of balance. Since that time, they have

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Michael and Carey Skinner, Skinner Vineyards

Skinner Vineyards and Winery: A Family Legacy Becomes a Passion for Wine

As one explores the world of wines, interesting connections are made between winemakers and owners. These experiences show how small our universe can be. On tour to El Dorado County, I discovered that someone I had known through real estate is now an integral part of the El Dorado wine scene. Carey Skinner, with her

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Zuccardi Series A

Familia Zuccardi: An Argentine family wine tradition spanning three generations

World Malbec Day has passed, but I cannot help but reminisce about my adventures in Argentina. My memories drift to my final day in Mendoza and the land of Malbec, where I discovered Familia Zuccardi. This winery combines all aspects of the Argentine wine industry, bringing them together in harmony with excellently balanced wines, gourmet

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Experiencing Hendrick’s Gin Lighter Than Air Flying Cucumber

Every once in a while, we are given an opportunity one calls a once in a lifetime experience that one should not turn down.  I was given the chance to fly in the new blimp called the Hendrick’s Gin Flying Cucumber. Monday, was the debut of this airship, and what a thrill it was to drive

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Wines from Naoussa Xinomavro

Xinomavro: The Greek wine of Naoussa

Greece is probably one of the oldest wine regions in the world.  In biblical times the Greeks brought the first vines to Europe.  Today this country lays claim to over 300 varietals.  One of those varieties is the Xinomavro grape whose origins are from Western Macedonia, Greece in the appellation known as Naoussa. Xinomavro Grape

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Rarecat Wines

Rarecat Wine: Creating distinctive Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the case of Rarecat Wines it is the splendor of the wine and the female inspiration behind these wines, including the Chardonnay. For Sharon Kazan Harris, owner of Rarecat Wine, it is about that rare exquisiteness that can be found when you least expect it. Sometimes

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Sangiovese and Marcy Eberle

Eberle Winery: A pioneering passion for wine and Paso Robles

When visiting wineries and discovering the wines of Paso Robles, one must include a visit to one of the founding fathers of this region’s wine industry, Eberle Winery.  Not only is Eberle one of the first wineries to establish in the area but also Gary Eberle, the owner of Eberle Winery, was the first to

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Provence Rose Wines

Provence: It’s all about Rosé

The South of France is synonymous with Rosé, as this type of wine becomes increasingly more popular. For some people, they find a stigma against this pink colored wine, while others embrace it as the latest trend. The salmon-colored wine has its own following and interesting enough it goes back in time to when the

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George Sandeman

Sandeman Cask 33: An outstanding limited edition Tawny Porto

It is a very special year for Sandeman. This year celebrates the 225th anniversary of this company’s existence. The company has released a very distinctive one of a kind Tawny Porto known as Cask 33 in honor of this anniversary. One finds a single cask limited edition Tawny Porto featuring wines of up to 70

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