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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South African Winemakers

The Driving Force between Five South African Winemakers

Bring five South African winemakers together, and you will see what defines South African wine. They are friends and collaborators who represent four distinct wine regions in South Africa, and they presented their wines and those of others at a wine tasting called South Africa Redefined. South Africa’s wine history goes back almost 400 years.

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Garagiste Wine Festival

Garagiste Wine Festival Hits Los Angeles

For those that live in and around Los Angeles, my favorite wine tasting event, Garagiste Wine Festival Urban Exposure takes place on June 22nd at the Glendale Auditorium. I prefer this festival because I love to discover the new small boutique wineries that are trying to make a name for themselves. Typically it is their

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National Rosé Day - Tablas Creek Vineyard Rosé

National Rosé Day: Let’s Celebrate Rosé Wine

It is time to celebrate the ever-popular Rosé because Saturday is National Rosé Day. Today Rosé wine is a category unto itself. We find so many styles, colors ranging for light pink, coral, salmon to dark pink, and character. Some Rosés can be light and elegant while others big with more gusto. Whatever your preference,

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Memorial Day Wine

Memorial Day Wine: Spring into Summer Wine

As I think about the ideal wine to serve this Memorial day weekend, I am reminded that Memorial weekend signifies the time we start to light up the barbeque as we move from spring to summer weather.  We switch from the big, bold, more moody wines of winter to the brighter livelier wines of summer.

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Memorial Weekend Flags

War Dogs Buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery

Memorial Day is a special day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts come together from troops across the Los Angeles to pay respect through the placement of flags on every grave in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.  Unbeknownst to most people; two war dogs are buried at the cemetery,

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