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Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with a French flair

Recently a group of wine writers met with Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo Camuzet and Jay Boberg former music director turned Oregon winery owner to discover the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir of Domaine Nicolas-Jay. You might say these two are the newer kids on the block in the Willamette Valley. Of course, they are not novices

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Sanford Winery Rancho La Rinconada Truck

Sanford Winery: The Role of Barrels in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Country

Visiting Sanford Winery is like a trip down memory lane because the founders of this winery pioneered the region, putting both Santa Barbara County and Sta. Rita Hills on the map as a prominent wine producing areas for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Meeting the current owner, John Terlato, and Winemaker Steve Fennell, one realizes they

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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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Austerity Wines

Feedfeed meets Austerity Wines: A dinner at Lucques

Today the farm to table concept is the culinary mission for many restaurants throughout the country. Chefs and foodies are always trying to take the idea a step further with many practicing sustainability in the kitchen as well as utilizing every portion of a food staple. Carrying the notion of using local ingredients further wineries

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New Zealand Loveblock Wines

New Zealand Loveblock Wines Meets West Hollywood Wolf Restaurant

It is interesting to discover a winery and restaurant that have the similar philosophies and approaches to their craft. Such was the case when I was invited to the New Zealand winery, Loveblock Wines luncheon at Wolf, West Hollywood. What is even more fascinating is the commonality that exists even though you could consider the

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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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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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View of Santa Maria

Taste the Flavors of Santa Maria Valley

Most people when traveling to Santa Barbara County especially wine country visit Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez , Lompoc, Los Olivos and Los Alamos. They usually forget about the town of Santa Maria, the regions best keep secret. Santa Maria Valley is the most northern Appellation of Santa Barbara County’s AVAs. You might say the area

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Thanksgiving wine - Les Vignes Bila-Haut Rouge

Eight wines to enhance your Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a very social holiday and one that brings people and family together. What better way to enjoy this affable meal than with a nice glass of wine. If you are still thinking about what wines to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some suggestions that will make you meal more enjoyable. If

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View at Bassi Vineyards

Roll Out the Barrels: Wine tasting in San Luis Obispo

You might say it was a spur of the moment trip when the opportunity came to visit San Luis Obispo for the Roll Out the Barrels wine tasting event, I could not turn it done as it gave me a new insight into the wines of San Luis Obispo County. Having visited the area many

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