The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure: Celebrating cutting edge winemaking

You might call them the entrepreneurs of the wine industry because they take their own initiative and risk to create their wine. They are the Garagistes who are the cutting edge of the wine business today. To many, it is a hobby, a deep passionate love of wine, and for others, it is their second

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars - The Art of Aging

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: The wines of the past, present and future

One of the beauties of wine is its ability to age and develop over time. For a wine writer, it is a delight when a winery offers to let you explore some of there oldies and in the case of wine goodies. The best way to observe this maturity and development is a vertical wine

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Ocean Prime Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added

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Champagne

Champagne Jacquart: Pleasure and passion in a glass of Champagne

Celebrating 50 years, Champagne Jacquart is considered young in spirit, innovation, and production for this region of France. To inaugurate this special year, the winery is introducing the Mosaic collection, a body of Champagnes that best represents the vitality of House of Jacquart and its head winemaker, Floriane Eznack. Floriane Eznack Floriane Eznack met with

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Truvee Wines

Truvée Wines: Sisters unite through wine

The McBride sisters’ story has many firsts, and their two wineries are built out of the love they have for each other. Andrea and Robin Mcbride are not only women winemakers, a challenge in itself, but also they are the first African American women winery owners/winemakers. Their latest endeavor is Truvée Wines, a Central Coast

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Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards: Sharing the Arizona wine experience

As Californians, we are spoiled by the selection of wine produced in our home state and often overlook some outstanding choices from other regions in the United States.Arizona is one of those states that has some excellent wineries specializing in the Rhone varietals due to terroir and climate. In 2014 a new regulation changed the

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Kimmel Vineyard Reds -Cattle Ranch to Winemaking

Kimmel Vineyards: From cattle ranch to winemaking

When first meeting Jim Kimmel, one immediately senses his commitment to his family, relatives, the cattle ranch his father and mother, Ed and Lillian Kimmel began in 1963 and the grapes he grows in the vineyard. It is about continuing the family heritage, now seeing its 4th generation. It is carrying on the legacy that

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Decanting Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte: Champagne with distinction

When you think of Champagne, you typically do not think of a vertical tasting or decanting older Champagne to bring out the flavors and the nose. During a recent tasting at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills of the Nicolas Feuillatte collection, enology, and quality manager, Guillaume Roffiaen did just that. Besides featuring the latest releases from

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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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