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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Château Angélus Saint-Émilion Vertical Wine Tasting

The bell tolls in honor of Château Angélus Saint-Émilion

They say the bells toll three times a day; morning, midday and night symbolizing the beginning and end of the workday and calling people to pray in what is known as the Angelus prayer. The story goes on to say that the chimes could be heard in the vineyards from neighboring church. Presently this bell

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Summer Wines 2017

Nine summer wines to enjoy this season

We are now in the full swing of summer and I want to share those wonderful whites and Rosés that go so well with summer fare. We must also not forget about the reds that compliment our favorite summertime dinner pastime, the barbecue. Reds and Rosés are great with grilled meats. A refreshing white wine

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DeLille Cellars’ Estate Vineyard, Grand Ciel, Red Mountain AVA, WA.

DeLille Cellars: Celebrating 25 years of Washington wine

This year marks a very special one for DeLille Cellars in Washington State. The winery is celebrating their 25th year of making wine. March 22nd kicks of a yearlong celebration of this Woodinville winery. The winery was established in 1992. Chris Upchurch is the cofounder and executive winemaker. DeLille focuses on Bordeaux blends with a

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Ehler Estate Wines

Stars of Cabernet: A tribute to Cabernet Sauvignon

Yearning to discover a new winery can be the most intriguing part of attending a wine tasting and this year’s Stars of Cabernet, presented by WineLA, provided an opportunity to experience some superb wines from wineries not yet on Written Palette’s radar. There were six wineries that made an impression along with one old favorite.

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Rarecat Wines St Emilion

Rarecat Wines: A California take on Saint-Emilion

Like the winery’s name, the Rarecat Saint-Emilion is a rarity for both Rarecat Wines and the California wine industry. The story behind this wine is also something unique that signifies the philosophy of winery owner Sharon Kazan Harris. Rarecat Wines are defined as single vineyard wines that often do not reveal themselves all at once.

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Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in there own right and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising

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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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