Illuminare Wines

Illuminare Wines: Shedding the light on red wine

Ever since discovering the wines of El Dorado County, I have been drawn to the region. One winery that came up on my radar after a media tour in 2013 is Illuminare Winery. What struck me about Illuminare’s wines were their rich balance, elegance and consistency. There is an opulent quality to every varietal and

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Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in there own right and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising

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Pere Ventura Cavas

Pere Ventura Cava: Bringing out the heart and soul of Spanish Cava

Thinking about the best sparkling wines to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of my luncheon at Il Grano where I was able to sample the Cava’s of Pere Ventura Cava. These sparkling wines are ideally suited to toast the day with your loved one. Meeting the charismatic Pere Ventura Vendrell makes one understand

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Roccafiore Winery

Roccafiore Winery: A passion for life with wine

A love of his native land was what brought Leonardo Baccarelli to purchase the property that is now Roccafiore Winery in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, situated in Umbria. It goes without saying that the wines from this region are outstanding and the wines from this winery are a true testament of

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Newton Vineyards Pino Solo

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces and those in turn form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is a mystique behind the vineyard and every vine until each vintage comes to full fruition. In the case of Newton Vineyard the puzzle has many

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Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana.  Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery. To read

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Colonoscopy Prep

What is in this drink

This article is intended for those over fifty who have to endure the preparation required of a colonoscopy.  For those under age fifty, medical guidance is advised.  I originally wrote this humorous wine description of the prep when I had to cleanse my body prior to surgery in 2013.  I am sharing it with you

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Toby: A blind dog’s journey

Every once in a while I come upon a story that is so inspiring and moving, it really resonates with me. Such is the case when I was visiting Ecluse Winery and met Toby, a blind dog that is the inspiration for the winery’s second label, Blind Dog Wines. It is not the wine but

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Remembering Mendoza

As life leads us in different directions, sometimes we are offered a once in a lifetime experience that we should take advantage of and not turn down. My trip to Argentina was one of those rare opportunities I could not decline. It was one year ago that I landed in Argentina. Today I ponder the

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Santiago Achaval, Achaval Ferrera Malbecs

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine wine

In Argentina the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir– driven wines and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Archaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce Malbec from single vineyards but there is more that makes the Archaval-Ferrer wines exceptional. In addition to the land and the grapes, it is the

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