Luce Vertical Wine Tasting

Luce: Defining old and new world winemaking in Montalcino

When traveling we never know the impressions a particular place will have on each of us. Sometimes our awareness pops up months after we return. Last fall I traveled to Italy and visited Montalcino. I walked the charming village, visited a nearby Abbey and winery but the true impact of this scenic spot did not

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Night Miami Skyline View

A Weekend Escape to Miami and South Beach

In the past my travels to Miami involved picking up a cruise to the Caribbean but I never took the time to visit the sights or sample the cuisine. It took my daughter’s wedding in South Beach, Florida for my family and I to explore some of what Miami and South Beach offers in a

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Montalbera Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG

Montalbera: Making a name for Ruché

The quest to discover new varieties or an interesting wine is at the heart of every wine writer. It goes hand in hand with the pursuit to increase one’s knowledge of wine. Italy with its long history of growing and producing wine propagates the largest number of indigenous grapes. Today Italy cultivates well over 2000

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Idaho Wines: Sunset View at 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

Idaho Wines: Meandering through the Snake River Valley

For many wine enthusiasts, the thought of wine being produced in Idaho seems far-fetched. For those who know about Idaho wines, it is a misnomer. The higher elevation makes for some extraordinary wine. Most people think of Idaho as a potato-growing region but that is actually a misconception. The fertile soils are good for many

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Holly Eying the Cat Box

Cat Box Chronicles

For those of you with multiple cats, cat box decorum can be a daunting task. I find it endlessly fascinating for some reason. Maybe I need to get a life, or perhaps pose the question on Facebook. We have several cat boxes available for our three cats, but for some reason, our cats seem to

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Falletto Barbaresco and Barolo

Folio Fine Wine Partners: A portfolio of prestigious red wine

Who could resist a wine tasting of luxury wines, a dilemma that I think we all know the answer to. Case in point occurred when I attended a Folio Fine Wine Partners Wine Tasting at Stanley’s Wet Goods in Culver City. Impressive accurately describes the wines sampled. The wines featured represented mostly red wine from

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Cats on the bed

Cats in the bedroom-What’s an owner to do?

We have three cats in our household. Since I like animals better than people, if I had my way, I’d probably have about 12-15 of them, assuming someone else managed the cat box and kibble chores, so I could kick-back and just enjoy the zoo of activity. But that’s not going to happen. I’m in

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Colomé Wines from Salta, Argentina

Discover Colomé wines of Salta, Argentina

It was an Argentine kind of evening or I should say more specifically the wine region of Salta Argentina. On this night we sample two wines from Bodega Colomé, a winery located in the Calchaqui Valley. Colomé is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina dating back to 1831. Furthermore the winery’s location in the

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Château Angélus Saint-Émilion Vertical Wine Tasting

The bell tolls in honor of Château Angélus Saint-Émilion

They say the bells toll three times a day; morning, midday and night symbolizing the beginning and end of the workday and calling people to pray in what is known as the Angelus prayer. The story goes on to say that the chimes could be heard in the vineyards from neighboring church. Presently this bell

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Summer Wines 2017

Nine summer wines to enjoy this season

We are now in the full swing of summer and I want to share those wonderful whites and Rosés that go so well with summer fare. We must also not forget about the reds that compliment our favorite summertime dinner pastime, the barbecue. Reds and Rosés are great with grilled meats. A refreshing white wine

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