Kimmel Wines

Kimmel Vineyards: From cattle ranch to winemaking

When first meeting Jim Kimmel one immediately senses his commitment to his family, relatives, the Ranch his father and mother, Ed and Lillian Kimmel began in 1963 and the grapes that are grown in the vineyard. It is about continuing the family heritage that is now seeing its 4th generation. It is carrying on the

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Decanting Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte: Champagne with distinction

When you think of Champagne you typically do not think of a vertical tasting or decanting older Champagne to bring out the flavors and the nose. During a recent tasting at Spagettini in Beverly Hills of the Nicolas Feuillatte collection, oenology and quality manager, Guillaume Roffiaen did just that. Besides featuring the most recent releases

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Premier Cru Collection Bordeaux Glass

Premier Cru Collection: Stemware that enhances the wine

The enjoying wine not only encompasses the bottle of wine chosen but also the company you are with, the cuisine you are pairing with each wine and the glass that the wine is served in. The glass can make or break the occasion. Recently at a dinner at Ysabel I had the opportunity to meet

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Mark Horvath, Crawford Family Wines and Cori Solomon

Crawford Family Wines: In pursuit of balance

Each year the wines from Crawford Family Wines get better and better as I have impressively watched the growth and development of this winery. I first discovered Crawford wines at the Sta. Rita Hills Wine and Fire event in 2013. Since that time they have expanded their focus of just Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from

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Michael and Carey Skinner, Skinner Vineyards

Skinner Vineyards and Winery: A family’s legacy becomes a passion for wine

As one explores the world of wines, interesting connections are made between winemakers and owners. These experiences show how small our universe can be. On a tour to El Dorado County I discovered that someone I had known through real estate is now an integral part of the El Dorado wine scene. Carey Skinner with

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Zuccardi Series A Wines

Familia Zuccardi: An Argentine family wine tradition spanning three generations

World Malbec Day has passed but I cannot help but reminisce about my adventures in Argentina. My memories drift to my final day in Mendoza and the land of Malbec where I discovered Familia Zuccardi. This winery combines all aspects of the Argentine wine industry, bringing them together in harmony with excellently balanced wines, gourmet

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Elinos Xinomavro

Xinomavro: The Greek wine of Naoussa

Greece is probably one of the oldest wine regions in the world. In biblical times the Greeks brought the first vines to Europe. Today this country lays claim to over 300 varietals. One of those varieties is the Xinomavro grape whose origins are from Western Macedonia, Greece in appellation known as Naoussa. To read more…

Rarecat Wines

Rarecat Wine: Creating distinctive Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in the case of Rarecat Wines it is the splendor of the wine and the female inspiration behind these wines. For Sharon Kazan Harris, owner of Rarecat Wine, it is about that rare exquisiteness that can be found when you least expect it. Sometimes it does

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Sangiovese and Marcy Eberle

Eberle Winery: A pioneering passion for wine and Paso Robles

When visiting wineries and discovering the wines of Paso Robles one must include a visit to one of the founding fathers of this region’s wine industry, Eberle Winery. Not only is Eberle one of the first wineries to establish itself in the area but also Gary Eberle, owner of Eberle Winery was the first to

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Rosé Wines from Provence

Provence: It’s all about Rosé

The South of France is synonymous with Rosé as this type of wine becomes increasingly more popular. For some people there is a stigma against this pink colored wine while others embrace it as the latest trend. The salmon colored wine has its own following and interesting enough it goes back in time to when

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