Cecchi Riserva Di Famigli Chianti Classico Riserva

Cecchi: A family’s affinity with Chianti and more

I discovered Cecchi Family Estates while traveling in Tuscany last year. I visited their Val Delle Rose Winery in Maremma. Unbeknownst to me at the time; the Cecchi  family planted some of the first vineyards in Maremma, thus established themselves as pioneers in the area. Fast-forward to May of 2017; luckily I am invited to

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View from the Terenzi to Scansano

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery. Beauty has been part of the Terenzi  legacy for some time. It began with cosmetics and eventually turned into the beauty of the land the family owns near Scansano in Maremma. It is also the beauty of the grapes and

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Garagiste Festival: Discover Urban Exposure in Santa Monica

Garagiste Festival: Discover Urban Exposure in Santa Monica

One of my favorite wine tasting events is The Garagiste Festival and Urban Exposure is coming back to Los Angeles, more specifically Santa Monica on July 15, 2017. What makes this a great event is the ability to discover new up and coming wineries. Most of all, I love to discover what the little guys

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Hacienda de Arínzano Rosé and Chardonnay

Arínzano: Presenting wines from Navarra in the best light

Recently I joined a twitter wine tasting showcasing the incredible wines of Arínzano, a winery located in the Navarra Do region of Spain. The wines sampled were their Hacienda de Arínzano Rosé and Chardonnay. Arínzano is the first winery in Northern Spain and the Navarra DO region to receive the Pago classification. A Pago is

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Maremma View - A Tuscan Landscape

Maremma: Tuscany’s hidden Secret

When we think of Tuscany and wines, our minds immediately reference Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano but rarely do we conjure up Maremma and the wines of Morellino Di Scansano. This region lying in the Tuscan Province of Grossetto is Tuscany’s hidden gem. There is more to Maremma than Sangiovese wine. Discovering Morellino Di Scansano was

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STK: Trendy steakhouse dining in Westwood Village

The atmosphere is chic nightclub meets contemporary restaurant.  It is the modern concept steakhouse encountering the stylish lounge. STK is located at the W Hotel in Westwood Village and this steakhouse restaurant is all the rage in more ways than one. This is the hottest trend from the One Group in dining. Placing their restaurants

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Red Wines

Great red wines to enjoy any time of the year

Like most people I usually prefer to drink red wines but on occasion a good white or Rosé is an easy substitute especially in the summertime. Therefore, before the season changes to more summery wines, I want to share some of my recent red wine finds that were impressionable enough to make this list. Spanish

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The Wines of Ca' del Bosco

Ca’ del Bosco: Bringing friends together over Franciacorta

It was an opportune day when attending the well-known Franciacorta producer, Ca’ del Bosco luncheon at Spago. This was a luncheon about friendship and wine. It became obvious when Wolfgang Puck dines at our table, that he and Maurizio Zanella are long time friends who have shared many wonderful experiences over Maurizio’s wine and Wolfgang’s

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Hotel Adler Outdoor Pools

Spa Hotel Adler Thermae Resort Tuscany: Pampering your body and soul

The dress code during the day is bathrobe chic, while the environment is pure pleasure and relaxation set amongst the Tuscan hills near the village of Bagno Vignoni in Italy. It is easy to see why the 5-star Spa Hotel Adler Thermae Wellness & Spa Resort is one of Italy’s leading wellness hotels. It is

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Vignalta Reds

Vignalta: The Best of Colli Euganei

For most visiting a winery, being in the environment is the best way to discover what a particular winery is all about, especially those in Europe. This was not the case with Vignalta. Last May I had the opportunity to visit the Colli Euganei region. This trip included a visit to Vignalta. I enjoyed seeing

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