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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Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Dog Bernie

Discover Lodi and their pet-friendly wineries

For many, traveling with our pets is the optimal way to tour the country. We love having our furry friends tag along and partake in our experiences. Often our canine kids are happier joining us instead of being stuck in a kennel or at home with a pet sitter. Being the wine enthusiast I am,

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Mercer Estates, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Mercer Wine Estate: A winery steeped in family traditions

Family traditions are what Mercer Wine Estate located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington State is all about. This being my second year sampling Mercer wine, I am very impressed especially with the consistency of the wines between vintages. The Mercer family were one of the first families to establish roots in the

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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta: Celebrating Viña Ardanza

One of the most notable wineries in Rioja Alta Region of Spain is La Rioja Alta. In commemoration of the winery’s 75th anniversary of the Viña Ardanza wines, the winery visited several American cities presenting some of their current releases along with a vertical tasting. One city, Los Angeles, La Rioja Alta’s superb wines highlighted

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Nik Weis St. Urban-Hof Riesling Wine

Discover the German Riesling Wine from Nik Weis

After receiving two very different Rieslings from Nik Weis, I decided to create my own side-by-side comparison of the two wines. One Riesling wine, the Urban Riesling and the other the St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger “Alte Reben” Kabinett Feinherb Riesling each present a very different style. Nik Weis, a third generation winemaker owns St. Urbans-Hof, a

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Planeta Frappato

Discover Frappato one of Sicily’s Indigenous grapes

Infatuated with the indigenous grapes of Italy, I love the challenge of trying new wine varieties and learning more about them. Frappato, a variety primarily grown in Sicily is my latest discovery. Sicily has over 50 Indigenous grapes. Those familiar with Sicilian wines recognize several native varieties such as Grillo and Nero d’Avola. On several

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Holly on the floor

IF CATS COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?

So many of my friends are dealing with the empty nest syndrome. You know, the kids leave, and then you wonder if you have anything in common with your spouse anymore. Sound familiar? We have three cats, and I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with this. What would it be called anyway? Empty

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Rosé Wine from Ascension Cellars and Theopolis Vineyards

It is a Rosé Wine Kind of Day

I think Rosé describes the best type of wine to enjoy during the summer months. Something about Rosé wine speaks to warm weather, days filled with sunshine, outdoor eating and barbecues. Perhaps its refreshing crispness or the flavors of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and nectarines help define

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Lexi Wearing a T-Shirt After Surgery

Laparoscopic Spay: The New Option

When my veterinarian, Dana Bleifer, owner of Rose City Veterinary Hospital described a less invasive way to spay female dogs and cats, the idea intrigued me.  I wanted to observe the procedure so I could share with others what I discovered. Little did I know I would be watching my own dog’s spay procedure or

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