South Coast Winery Carter Estate Penrose

The perfect wine for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it is time to think of wines we can celebrate our dads with. Father’s Day is a perfect day for a barbecue. When thinking of grilled meat, the meal beckons for a red wine. Perhaps a wine with a little more masculine presence or a more meaty

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Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines

Arcudi Wines: The wine behind one man’s leap of faith

Life takes many twists and turns and for many winemakers their career beginnings drove them down quite a different path. Besides the approach to winemaking, it is this past that can also define the future of their style of winemaking. This is especially true for Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines. Being of Italian decent, Tony grew

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Mykonos Windmills

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Mykonos

It is day three of our Celebrity Cruise and the port of call is Mykonos, which is nicknamed the island of the winds. While visiting Mykonos one gets a very different sense of being. Although the town of Mykonos, also known, as Chora, appears very old, having everything painted white, gives one a vision of

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Taromina Ancient Greek Theater

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Taormina, Sicily

Experiencing a different port each day is what a cruise is all about. Day one of the Celebrity Cruises on the Reflection from Rome to the Greek Islands brought us to Sicily. Landing in Messina our adventure took us to the charming town of Taormina. This hillside town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea draws you

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Falconry Demonstration at Hahn Family Winery

Hahn Family Wines: Discovering the secrets of the Santa Lucia Highlands

To some the Central Coast is a wine lovers best kept secret especially when most people generally think of the California wine scene as primarily Napa and Sonoma. The wines from the Central Coast are equally as outstanding as those from their Northern counterparts. The Central Coast now plays an important role in the production

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The vineyards and view at Porto Carras

Porto Carras Grand Resort: Northern Greece’s enchanting coastal getaway

When one thinks of traveling to Greece, they typically envision visiting Athens, the Greek Islands, the Peloponnese and Santorini. Rarely do they foresee traveling north along the coast into Macedonia and beyond where one finds a hidden gem of a resort called the Porto Carras Grand Resort. To read more…

Ritual Wines

The wines behind Chilean winemaker Rodrigo Soto

Meeting Chilean Winemaker, Rodrigo Soto at a recent tasting of a group of wines from Huneeus Vintners in Chile, one discovers that he is a forerunner of a movement that is permeating the landscape of New World wines. This trend, organic and biodynamic farming, where he cultivates three vineyards Primus, Neyen, and Ritual. His interest

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In the Kitchen with Chef Jesse Hernandez

Bless The Chefs: Paying homage to the chefs of Cafe Del Rey

When six chefs come together in one kitchen you have to wonder what it would be like working in a small space together. Such was the case when Café del Rey in Marina Del Rey put together Bless the Chefs Dinner. To read more…

Dry Creek Vineyard: Circumnavigating the world of wine

What does sailing have to do with winemaking? For Dry Creek Vineyard it means everything. Both require specialized knowledge and an understanding of mechanics. Each must utilize a set of skills and an ability to comprehend the elements. In the case of sailing, it is the wind and water. In wine, it is the terroir

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Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé

Ascension Cellars Siren: Rosé that speaks for itself

Vertical wine tastings can always be fun. How about a vertical of Rosé? With two bottles of Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé, a 2014 and 2015 it was fascinating to explore the differences and nuances between the two vintages. In the bottle both Rosés appeared similar in appearance as each featured a dark iridescent rosy ruby

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