Bruliam Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

A wine tasting visit to the Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands, also known, as SLH is an AVA primarily recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Recently the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans were in Los Angeles sharing many of the area wineries latest releases to the trade. This article will feature some of my favorites discovered at this event. One must first

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Chandon Étoile Rosé

Six sparkling wines to dazzle your Valentine’s Day

Sparkling wine and Valentine’s Day could be considered synonymous so what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your lover than by opening a bottle of sparkling wine. Bubbles can enhance the occasion and bring out the dazzle for you and your true love. With a variety of hues and bubbles sizes, here are six

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The Vineyards at Law Estate Wines

Law Estate Wines: Passion and aesthetics inspire a unique winery

What could be more magnificent than an unobstructed winery view of vineyards while sipping wine at a hilltop tasting room. Such is the case at LAW Estate Wines where detail to the architecture, the beauty of the vineyards, sustainable and organic practices all come together providing a unique experience and producing exceptional wines from the

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JRC Vineyard Pinot Noir

A day in Santa Barbara tasting Pinot Noir

It does not take much to convince me to make a trip to Santa Barbara or sip Pinot Noir. When I received an invitation to the Santa Barbara Vintners Pinot Noir tasting at the Bacara Resort & Spa, it offered a nice opportunity for my husband and I to get away from Los Angeles, enjoy

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Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr

Crocker & Starr: A female winemaker’s quest for terroir driven Cabernet Franc

There are many prominent female winemakers making their mark on an industry that was established predominately by men. One such woman is Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr has an affinity for Cabernet Franc. The winery is celebrating their 20th year of producing wine, which shows the prowess and stamina of the woman behind this

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Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room

Jamie Slone Wines: From the speedway to the tasting room

Finding an invigorating and dynamic wine tasting experience in Santa Barbara is easily found when visiting Jamie Slone Wines. Here you will meet the charismatic and engaging Jamie Slone and walk away with an enchanting experience. The tasting room offers an eclectic yet consistent collection of wines that includes Rhones and Bordeaux blends as well

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Leslie Preston in vineyards

Coiled Wines: Winding a path through the Snake River Valley

It is not often that you run across a winery that truly defines a region, AVA and the topography of an area with their branding. Sitting at dinner recently sipping a bottle of the Coiled Sidewinder from Idaho’s Snake River Valley AVA, the thought occurred. The Coiled label and branding not only represents the region;

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Oso LIbre Wines

Oso Libre: Finding the spirit of wine in Paso Robles

Before grape growing developed or became popular in Paso Robles, cattle ranching was one of the big draws in the area. The budding wine industry did not emerge in Paso till the 1960s and 70s. Today Oso Libre winery has merged these two agribusinesses. Through their Vines, Wine and Angus program they grow grapes, make

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2016 Wines in Review

2016 wines in review

Now that 2016 has come to a close, there are some wines that had a lasting impression and are truly stellar. Between wine tastings, wineries visited, and countries traveled over the last year, here is list of exceptional wines and wineries I discovered throughout this past year. Furthermore there is no particular order, the wines

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Wine for the New Year

Eight wines to bring out the spirit of the New Year

As New Year’s Eve is just around the corner I wanted to share some wines that I recently sampled that might tickle your fancy for the New Year. These suggestions will include sparkling wine to kick off the New Year but it will include some wines to pair with you holiday dinner. White Wines: If

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