Holly the Ragdoll Cat

The Visitation: A Cat Message From Above

The last few months have been a funnel of activity. Between moving to Florida, the ill health of our two cats, and some family squabbling, it has been a real strain. Perhaps there was a lesson we needed to learn from all these challenges, some cat message that would make sense of it all. But

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Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

Winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment to throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter when I have hearty

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Planeta Milazzo Vineyard

Exploring Sicily’s Nero d’Avola Grape

When I think of Sicilian wine, I envision Nero d’Avola grape, its most notable indigenous grape. Sicily’s wine industry started as a bulk wine producing region, but sometime in the 1990s, this conception changed. Planeta, whose history in agriculture goes back 400 years was one of the wineries to make this change and to put

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Stellar Wine 2018

Wines in Review: Stellar Wine of 2018

Beckoning in the New Year, I like to revisit those wines I sampled in 2018, which made a lasting and stellar wine impression.  Here are the exceptional wines and wineries that merit recognition. Furthermore, the wines chosen are those wowed me, and I wrote about throughout 2018. I will also share the two winemakers that

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: Chilean Wine at its Best

Some wines should be reserved for a special occasion. One such wine is the Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. For me, I celebrated Christmas Eve and the birth of our puppies that same day. After tasting the Don Melchor 2015, I knew immediately and without reading the material sent to me about the wine that

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Sparky the Siamese Cat

COULD I BE A GRANDMOTHER TO OUR CATS?

For a number of reasons, I missed the turnoff for bearing children; so, therefore, being a grandmother is now out of the question. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve wondered what my life might have been like if I had chosen to be a mother. I’m sure motherhood has many rewards, but I know it’s

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South African Wine

South African Wine: Exploring the Western Cape

The South African Consulate-General Los Angeles presented a South African Wine Lunch. Wines of South Africa partnered with the consulate for this luncheon at A.O.C. Jim Clarke, Marketing Director for Wines of South Africa, was our host along with the wines served at the luncheon. Most vineyards in South Africa are located in the Western

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View from Milagro Farm Winery

Discover Ramona Wineries: San Diego County’s Best Kept Secret

Ramona Valley is one of Southern California’s secrets. Most people are not aware that this is one of our states wine regions. Ramona Valley’s topography can be described as the old west meets Tuscany. The area reminds me of Maremma a portion of Tuscany known for its wine and cowboys, the Butteri, who work the

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Trivento Eolo Malbec

Trivento Eolo: Old Vine Malbec at its Best

Sipping the Trivento 2014 Eolo Malbec, I am reminded of the first time I sampled the Eolo while visiting the winery in 2013.  At the time, I tasted the 2009 and my favorite wine of my visit that day.  Much like the first time I sampled the wine, I feel it is still the most

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Alloro Vineyard Landscape, Chehalem Mountains AVA

Alloro Vineyard: Defining the Chehalem Mountains AVA

Visiting Alloro Vineyard, one gets a good sense of what the Chehalem Mountains AVA is all about. Located west of Portland in Sherwood, a portion of the Tualatin Valley, the winery also sits in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. The Chehalem Mountains AVA was established in 2006. The soils consist of three types:

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