Mercer Estates, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Mercer Wine Estate: A winery steeped in family traditions

Family traditions are what Mercer Wine Estate located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington State is all about. This being my second year sampling Mercer wine, I am very impressed especially with the consistency of the wines between vintages. The Mercer family were one of the first families to establish roots in the

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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta: Celebrating Viña Ardanza

One of the most notable wineries in Rioja Alta Region of Spain is La Rioja Alta. In commemoration of the winery’s 75th anniversary of the Viña Ardanza wines, the winery visited several American cities presenting some of their current releases along with a vertical tasting. One city, Los Angeles, La Rioja Alta’s superb wines highlighted

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Nik Weis St. Urban-Hof Riesling Wine

Discover the German Riesling Wine from Nik Weis

After receiving two very different Rieslings from Nik Weis, I decided to create my own side-by-side comparison of the two wines. One Riesling wine, the Urban Riesling and the other the St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger “Alte Reben” Kabinett Feinherb Riesling each present a very different style. Nik Weis, a third generation winemaker owns St. Urbans-Hof, a

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Planeta Frappato

Discover Frappato one of Sicily’s Indigenous grapes

Infatuated with the indigenous grapes of Italy, I love the challenge of trying new wine varieties and learning more about them. Frappato, a variety primarily grown in Sicily is my latest discovery. Sicily has over 50 Indigenous grapes. Those familiar with Sicilian wines recognize several native varieties such as Grillo and Nero d’Avola. On several

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Rosé Wine from Ascension Cellars and Theopolis Vineyards

It is a Rosé Wine Kind of Day

I think Rosé describes the best type of wine to enjoy during the summer months. Something about Rosé wine speaks to warm weather, days filled with sunshine, outdoor eating and barbecues. Perhaps its refreshing crispness or the flavors of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and nectarines help define

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Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery: A fabulous Midwest winery destination

My adventures in the Missouri wine region, enabled me to discover Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, a charming getaway that has everything you could possible desire when it comes to a relaxing experience and enjoying sumptuous meals. Chaumette is more than a winery it is a midwest winery destination stop. Located about an hour south of

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The Reds Wines of Sweetzer Cellars

Sweetzer Cellars: From Chardonnay to Pinot Noir

I first sampled the wines of Sweetzer Cellars at a Pinot Noir wine tasting in Santa Barbara. Since then I have sampled their wines on three other occasions including a luncheon with LA Wine Writers. If I were to pick one of the rising wine stars I discovered this year it would definitely include Sweetzer

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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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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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