Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana.  Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery. To read

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Colonoscopy Prep

What is in this drink

  This article is intended for those over fifty who must endure the preparations required for a colonoscopy.  Those under age fifty, medical guidance is advised.  I originally wrote this humorous description of the colonoscopy preps when I had to cleanse my body prior to surgery in 2013.  I am sharing it with you now

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Santiago Achaval, Achaval Ferrera Malbecs

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine wine

In Argentina the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir– driven wines and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Archaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce Malbec from single vineyards but there is more that makes the Archaval-Ferrer wines exceptional. In addition to the land and the grapes, it is the

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Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making an outstanding wine. This is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken. His exuberance for his craft is quite evident when in his presence. You immediately sense his passion for wine, the terroir and the process of making wine.

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Lunch at Bodega Trivento

Bodega Trivento: A true expression of the Argentine terroir

Over the last week, I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodegas Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes,

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L'Aventure Wines

L’Aventure: Bringing together the best of Bordeaux and Rhone

The entire winemaking process is an adventure. This journey begins with the establishment of the winery and continues through the process of growing the grapes, harvesting and putting ones creative juices to the test of making an exceptional wine. The story behind L’Aventure Winery is a voyage across the continents with a quest to pursue

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Mueller Serving Röbller Wine

Röbller Vineyard Winery: Enjoying a day in Missouri Wine Country

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach with some nuances

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Bar & Grill

A Taste of Garagiste: A festival prelude

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure is quickly approaching in Los Angeles at Union Station on July 12, 2014.   As a preview, A Taste of Garagiste showcased three wineries participating in the Urban Exposure wine tasting at the Bar & Garden in Culver City. The wineries, which all produce small lot handcrafted wines were Ascension Cellars,

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Argentine Adventures: Touring the land of Malbec

World Malbec Day is April 17, 2014.  As the day celebrating this exceptional varietal approaches, I reminisce about my adventures in Argentina, a trip made possible by Uncorking Argentina. This journey enabled me to expand my knowledge as well as to identify Argentine wine. Argentine Wine Although I imbibed Torrentes, Cabernet, and Bonarda, it is

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Narrow Gate Tasting Room

Narrow Gate Vineyards: Defining wines through a biodynamic footprint

In this day and age many wineries choose to utilize green practices in both the winery and vineyard. Biodynamic is an old principle but is a newer philosophy of farming for many wineries. As Down To Earth Month slowly comes to a close there is another Wine Institute member that is Demeter Certified Biodynamic that

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