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Dog-friendly Wineries in Sonoma

There are two things my husband and I love more than each other: our black lab Eddie and good wine. What that says about our marriage—let us not go there. I can say that our love for each other has grown alongside our shared passions for both Pinot and our pooch, Eddie. So it only

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Sampling Olive Oil at Calivirgin Tasting Room

Calivirgin: The best of olive oil in Lodi

If one looks back into the history of Lodi, farming has always been part of the area’s culture and community. While discovering Lodi Wines, I also learned about the olive oils produced in this area. Throughout the world, one notices that where grapes grow, there is also an abundance of olive trees planted. Therefore it

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Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Stars of Cabernet: Highlighting the best of Cabernet Sauvignon

This year’s WineLA  event,  Stars of Cabernet had more meaning than usual. After the devastating wildfires hit Northern California especially wine country, it amazed me to see the turn out of wineries producing Cabernet Sauvignon participating from those ravaged areas. Supporting these efforts to help victims of those fires, the silent auction benefitted Habitat for

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Theopolis Vineyards Symphony

Six Wines to Compliment Your Thanksgiving Dinner

There is no right or wrong wine to serve with your holiday get together. The wine should not only compliment the cuisine but bond friends and family together. Wine is a means of socializing. Good wine is good company and especially true at Thanksgiving where we rejoice the fruits of the harvest and the vine.

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Concha Y Toro Carmenere

Carmenere: The star of Chilean Wine

The popularity of Carmenere is on the rise. More and more wineries plant vines and produce wines from this variety. While primarily grown in Chile, the grape also grows in France, Washington State and in California. Although Carmenere originated in the Medoc region in France, like many Bordeaux grapes it is used both as a

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Celebrating International Tempranillo Day with Arínzano

Celebrate International Tempranillo Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017, is International Tempranillo Day. Why not celebrate this Spanish grape by having your favorite Tempranillo. Questioning what to drink on this day, check out my suggestions. Tempranillo day was organized by TAPAS, Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society in 2011, as a way to celebrate this indigenous Spanish grape that usually

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Livermore Valley Concannon Vineyard Historical Plaque

Concannon Wines: Making an impact on the Livermore Valley

A winery’s history plays an essential factor in the wines created today. This legacy is the foundation that the forefathers of each winery give to the present day owners. How the current generation interprets what is handed down impacts on both the grapes and winemaking process. It can also make or break the continuing success

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Top Winery Precession Grenache

TOP Winery: Striking the balance of life through wine

The word balance has many interpretations depending on how each person perceives it. Is it balancing your day between work and relaxation? Is it the risk and challenges we encounter every day that put our lives in balance? For TOP Winery, owners Elena Martinez and Stanley Barrios the meaning describes their passion, the winery they

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Winemaker, Markus Niggli

Markus Niggli: Lodi’s new generation of winemaker

As a wine writer, I always strive to find something new and different. While in Lodi I discovered a winemaker, Markus Niggli that does just that. Not only does he utilize less common varieties but also he creates blends that set him apart from others. The wines of Markus Wine Co. are both unique and

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Wines of South Africa

Wines of South Africa: Celebrating the wines of the Cape

WineLA recently showcased the Wines of South Africa, WOSA in Marina Del Rey. The wine tasting at the Marina City Club presented the diversity and styles that elevate South African wines into the 8th largest wine-producing region of the world. In South Africa, most vineyards are located in the Western Cape, an area where sea

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