Alentejo Alicante Bouschet Wines

Alicante Bouschet: Alentejo’s Premier Varietal

Alentejo is one of Portugal’s most popular wine appellations.  It is the 9th largest wine region in the world and the 4th largest in Europe.  Alentejo covers about one-third of Portugal’s landmass. The area consists of eight PDO wine regions; Borba, Evora, Granja-Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Redondo, Reguengos and Vidigueira.  The appellation is flat with surrounding

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Saluki Friends

Rehoming a dog: A Breeder’s Responsibility

A good breeder’s worst fear is having to take back a dog. Sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise because the dog ends up in a better home than where it began.  Our dog contract states that if an owner cannot keep their dog, that dog must be returned to us. What happens with

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Frappato Wine

Experience Sicily’s Frappato Wine

Perhaps you are looking for something different to quench your thirst for summer wine and want an alternative to Rosé. How about considering a chilled red wine? In Sicily that would be Frappato wine because it can be served either chilled or at room temperature. Frappato is an indigenous red grape to the Sicilian regions

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International Rosé Day Wines

International Rosé Day: It’s All About Rosé

Some say the celebration of Rosé is on June 8th each year, a day named National Rosé Day.  Others say it is August 14th, a day called International Rosé Day.  While others say, International Rosé Day is the 4th week in June. Then some say the month of August is the celebration of Rosé. Pick

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Santorini

Santorini and Greek Varietals

Vineyard practices are fundamental to the process of making wine and also the outcome of what we ultimately decide to drink. Across the world, these methods vary because of soil conditions and climate. One of the most unusual vineyard practices I discovered while visiting Santorini, Greece. Santorini sits perched high above the sea, approximately 900

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Austrian Wine

Discover The Intricacies of Austrian Wine

Although a small county, Austria creates some mighty fabulous wine. Most people think of Grüner Veltliner and white wine when they think of Austrian wine, but red wine makes up about 30% of Austria’s wine production. In terms of wine diversity, the country consists of four main regions. These regions are divided into sixteen districts.

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Mosel Riesling

Mosel Riesling: Discover Nik Weis Riesling

Riesling is one of the most aromatic grapes varieties.  Although the grape grows in areas all around the world including the United States, Austria, Australia, France, South Africa, and Canada, its originals come from the Rhine region of Germany.  Considered Germany’s most popular grape, Riesling grows in several German wine regions including Mosel, Rheingau, Nahe,

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Summertime Wine

Summertime Wine: Delight In These Five Wines

As summer progresses and we enjoy Al Fresco dinner and barbecues here are five summertime wine suggestions with an international flair. This selection will take you to Argentina, Spain, and Italy. Summertime Wine – White Of late, I find myself very intrigued by the wines from Domaine Bousquet. Bousquet’s grapes are grown organically and they

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Highland Valley Wineries Vista View

Highland Valley Wineries: A Love Affair with Ramona Valley

My second day in the Ramona Valley took me to four Highland Valley wineries. I found the day to be all about passion. Each winemaker had their interpretation of their love of wine, whether it be the winemaking process or the growing of grapes. Although the passion seemed to take on different forms, one commonality

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Markus Wine Co. Red Wine Blends

Markus Wine: A step above Red Wine Blends

I think of Markus Niggli as the master blender, and after sampling all the red wine blends he now produces, I find like an artist, his palette and technique for combining varieties takes him to a level beyond most winemakers. I first met Markus in 2017 when he was the winemaker for Borra Vineyards in

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