Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making an outstanding wine. This is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken. His exuberance for his craft is quite evident when in his presence. You immediately sense his passion for wine, the terroir and the process of making wine.

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Lunch at Bodega Trivento

Bodega Trivento: A true expression of the Argentine terroir

Over the last week I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodegas Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes,

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L'Aventure Wines

L’Aventure: Bringing together the best of Bordeaux and Rhone

The entire winemaking process is an adventure. This journey begins with the establishment of the winery and continues through the process of growing the grapes, harvesting and putting ones creative juices to the test of making an exceptional wine. The story behind L’Aventure Winery is a voyage across the continents with a quest to pursue

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Jerry Mueller, Robllar Vineyards

Röbller Vineyard Winery: The perfect way to enjoy the day

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach and some nuances

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Bar & Grill

A Taste of Garagiste: A festival prelude

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure is quickly approaching in Los Angeles at Union Station on July 12, 2014.   As a preview, A Taste of Garagiste showcased three wineries participating in the Urban Exposure wine tasting at the Bar & Garden in Culver City. The wineries, which all produce small lot handcrafted wines were Ascension Cellars,

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Argentine Adventures: Touring the land of Malbec

World Malbec Day is April 17, 2014. As the day celebrating this fine varietal approaches I reminisce about my adventures in Argentina, the trip made possible by Uncorking Argentina.   Although I imbibed Torrentes, Cabernet and Bonarda, it is Malbec that brings back my memories of visiting both small and large wineries, enjoying the meals

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Narrow Gate Tasting Room

Narrow Gate Vineyards: Defining wines through a biodynamic footprint

In this day and age many wineries choose to utilize green practices in both the winery and vineyard. Biodynamic is an old principle but is a newer philosophy of farming for many wineries. As Down To Earth Month slowly comes to a close there is another Wine Institute member that is Demeter Certified Biodynamic that

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Buttonwood Wines

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard: Harmonizing the vineyard to make great wine

Throughout April many wineries have been and will be participating in the Wine Institute’s Earth Month festivities celebrating the California Wine industry’s eco-friendly practices. One event that I was able to attend was the Buttonwood Farm & Winery Scavenger Hunt and Brunch on April 13, 2014. The weather was gorgeously clear over the Santa Ynez

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Peter Work, Ampelos Cellars

Ampelos Cellars: A winery that is cutting edge, passionate and proud

Since the Wine Institute has designated April as Earth Month, I am exploring wineries that utilize sustainable practices in most aspects of their grape growing and wine making process. Each winery employs their own set of standards and principles to attain their goal of sustainability. One winery that is determined to pave the way to

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Alma Sol Wines

The Gargiste Festival: Showcasing the best artisan winemakers

The Garagiste Festival is the place to discover the latest boutique wineries that have emerged on the California scene.  These are the innovators in the field or the new kids on the block wanting to make their imprint on the wine industry.  Personally I enjoy discovering these new wineries because one can find some real

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