Antiquum Farms Wine Celebrate the Cycles of Life

The Cycles of Life Express Antiquum Farm Wines

At the southern tip of the Willamette Valley just north of Eugene, Oregon, and west of Junction City, one finds Antiquum Farm, one of Oregon’s hidden gem wineries. The winery hums with life because for Stephen Hagen, the owner, the cycles of life frame his farming philosophy creating a unique vision of sustainable farming and

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Passion and Love in the Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento

Wines with Passion and Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since the day is about passion and love, this year I am choosing two wines because of their story as well as the name of these wines. These wines seem appropriate for sweethearts. The brand is Romeo & Juliet, and the name of the wine is Passione Sentimento

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Augusta, Missouri Valley View

Discover Augusta, Missouri: Home to America’s First AVA

The American Viticulture Area, AVA system was created to establish a specific location by identifying aspects including geography, soil, climate and other environments factors influencing grapes and the characteristics of wine. Napa was designated California’s first AVA in 1981 and Santa Maria our second, but they are the second and third AVA in the United

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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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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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