2016 Wines in Review

2016 wines in review

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are some wines that had a lasting impression and are truly stellar. Between wine tastings, wineries visited, and countries traveled over the last year, here is list of exceptional wines and wineries I discovered throughout this past year. Furthermore there is no particular order, the wines

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Wine for the New Year

Eight wines to bring out the spirit of the New Year

As New Year’s Eve is just around the corner I wanted to share some wines that I recently sampled that might tickle your fancy for the New Year. These suggestions will include sparkling wine to kick off the New Year but it will include some wines to pair with you holiday dinner. White Wines: If

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Mercer Wine Estate Spice Cabinet Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Mercer Wine: A family’s legacy in Horse Heaven Hills

Exploring new wineries is always a thrill for a wine writer. Today we travel to the state of Washington to discover the pioneer of grape growers in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Mercer Wine Estate. The Mercer family is now in their 5th generation and have been forging there way across the United States since

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Desserts Aboard the Celebrity Reflection

What is in this Cuisine: Dining with Dietary Restrictions

The definition of cuisine is a style of cooking that is specific to a country or region. It can be cultural or geographic but for each individual the cuisine can take on a different perspective. What one person appreciates in a particular cuisine may not be to the liking of another and vice versa. For

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The Ferrari Sparkling Wine

Ferrari Trento: Bringing out the dazzle of sparkling wine

It was the 2016 Emmy awards that brought the owner of Ferrari Trento to Los Angeles but it was the after party the following day where this Italian winery showed their true colors and expertise of creating a spectacular collection of sparkling wine. What made this event more extraordinary was the ambiance of the Bel

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Italy American Chamber of Commerce Meets Cafe Del Rey

Italy American Chamber of Commerce West meets Cafe Del Rey

The Italy American Chamber of Commerce West, IACCW brings the real Italy to the United States through various programs that include the Taste of Italy Roadshow and the Extraordinary Italian Taste. Tastings include the pairing of authentic Italian food and wine. One will find that the Italy Chamber has us explore the developments of Italian

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Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2011 Art Series

Urban Artistry meets Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja

Sometimes it is not just the wine but the artistry of the label that intrigues us to purchase a wine. Such could be the case with Campo Viejo Art Series Reserva 2011 Rioja. It is not just the label; the tasteful tube packaging also draws us in. Not only is the wine excellent, this Rioja

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View of Santa Maria

Taste the Flavors of Santa Maria Valley

Most people when traveling to Santa Barbara County especially wine country visit Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez , Lompoc, Los Olivos and Los Alamos. They usually forget about the town of Santa Maria, the regions best keep secret. Santa Maria Valley is the most northern Appellation of Santa Barbara County’s AVAs. You might say the area

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Wine to enhance the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving weekend brought some very special wines to our table. These wines will enhance any holiday get together or special occasion. Each wine merits mention on their own and are excellent examples of their varietals and style. The perfect appetizer go with is a sparkling wine. Chandon Blanc De Noirs with its sweet and savory

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Thanksgiving wine - Les Vignes Bila-Haut Rouge

Eight wines to enhance your Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a very social holiday and one that brings people and family together. What better way to enjoy this affable meal than with a nice glass of wine. If you are still thinking about what wines to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some suggestions that will make you meal more enjoyable. If

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