Paul Lato Wines

Wine and Fire: Enjoying the wines of Sta. Rita Hills

It is always a night to remember when you come out to enjoy the wines of Sta. Rita Hills. Set against the backdrop of the La Purisima Mission and the oak trees that surround the Mission’s courtyard, one cannot help but rejoice in the pleasures of the wine of this Santa Barbara County region and

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The Truvee Sisters

Truvée Wines: Sisters unite through wine

The McBride sisters’ story has many firsts and their two wineries are built out of the love they have for each other. Robin and Andréa McBride are not only women winemakers, a challenge in itself, but also they are the first African American women winery owners/winemakers. Their latest endeavor is Truvée Wines, a Central Coast

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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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Newton Vineyards Pino Solo

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces and those in turn form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is a mystique behind the vineyard and every vine until each vintage comes to full fruition. In the case of Newton Vineyard the puzzle has many

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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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Crawford Family Wines

Crawford Family Wines: Passion is the key to their wines

Is it the key to opening the door or just pushing the door ajar?  In the case of Crawford Family Wines it is both.  The key is the branding symbol of the winery but it is also the key to an opportunity to taste some really fantastic wines.  The door is something both Mark and

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Edna Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

Exploring Chardonnay at Edna Valley Vineyards

Sunset Savor the Central Coast brings together and showcases the wines and cuisines of the California Central Coast.  What makes the event extra special are the Adventure Tours that take place over the days prior to the main weekend event. The Adventure Tours include a variety of activities from visiting an abalone farm to blending

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay: Wines that are vibrantly fresh and lively

For those who have not been exposed to the wines of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay you are missing a real treat, especially for those white wine lovers. Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are superb. Last Thursday Cloudy Bay enamored Los Angeles with a launch party showing off the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, which will be

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Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines: A passion for wine made real

The wineries of the Ste. Rita Hills focus primarily on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines is one of those wineries but they also create some other varietals that make their winery unique. Kessler-Haak is one of the few Sta. Rita Hills wineries that produce a Riesling. Read More…