Wines from Lugana DOC

Lugana: Discover Italy’s Hidden White Wine Gem

Lugana plays a significant role in Italian wine history. The region was the first in Italy to obtain its DOC designation in 1967. Situated on the lower portion of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the wine region embodies two provinces Brescia and Verona and two regions Lombardy and Veneto. Furthermore, this area is strictly known

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Stellar Wines of 2017

2017 Wines in Review: Stellar Wines of the year

As 2017 comes to a close, I found many wines, which made a lasting impression and I consider genuinely stellar wines in quality. Here are the exceptional wines and wineries I discovered that merit a standing on this wine list. Furthermore, the wines chosen are only those that I wrote about during this past year

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Champagne for New Years 2017

Bubble Watch: Sparkling Wine; Champagne, Cava, Prosecco

When people are shopping for New Year’s Eve, they often ask their local proprietor ” where’s the Champagne”? But are all Bubbly wines Champagne? No. While most people don’t differentiate between different types of sparkling wine, there are differences. Champagne Champagne is grown and made in the Champagne region in France. The wine made there

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Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Languedoc hidden gem

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem: The hidden gem of Languedoc

The relationship between earth and life is the backbone of the winemaking process.  It is undoubtedly the philosophy behind Michel Chapoutier’s wines from Domain De Bila-Haut. The terroir represents earth, and the vineyard symbolizes life. Essentially, the goal of the winemaker is finding the harmony and balance between the two by letting it come forth

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Albee Cat Rescue

The gift: The story of a cat rescue

As the holiday season rolls in and gift giving begins, I am reminded of some of the intrinsic gifts we often receive. These gifts come to us by chance and play a significant role in our lives. For animal lovers, accounts of rescued dogs and cats are heartwarming and have a special place in our

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Holiday Wines 2017

Seven holiday wines to consider this season

Christmas and New Years are just around the corner. As you decide what to wine to serve with your holiday dinner, here are some suggestions for holiday wines. All merit a seat at any dinner table and represent many countries throughout the world. White Holiday Wines I love to discover new varieties and Italy always

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La Jolla Coastline

Weekend Escape to La Jolla and San Diego

Southern California has many places that merit a visit for a weekend getaway. One location to consider is La Jolla with its exquisite coastline, breathtaking ocean views and proximity to San Diego, Visiting one enjoys both the best of this hilly seaside town and the attractions of San Diego itself. Recently I explored La Jolla

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Don Melchor Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Discover Don Melchor’s exceptional quality for Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

If you are looking for something, extraordinary in wine to share with your loved ones and family during the holidays, consider Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Chili’s most outstanding wines from one of their top wineries and winemaker. You cannot go wrong with the Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. I had the opportunity to sample the

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Dante Bernardis and Valneo Livon

Livon Family: Experiencing Wines of Collio, Tuscany and Umbria

The Italian winemaking family typically involves a legacy of generations, an inherent passion for wine and insatiable love of the land where they grew up. Today many of these families are spreading their influence to encompass several different wine regions. This expansion often includes creating either a resort or a unique destination for the wine

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Hartford Wines-dog friendly

Dog-friendly Wineries in Sonoma

There are two things my husband and I love more than each other: our black lab Eddie and good wine. What that says about our marriage—let us not go there. I can say that our love for each other has grown alongside our shared passions for both Pinot and our pooch, Eddie. So it only

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