Mercer Estates, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Mercer Wine Estate: A winery steeped in family traditions

Family traditions are what Mercer Wine Estate located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington State is all about. This being my second year sampling Mercer wine, I am very impressed especially with the consistency of the wines between vintages. The Mercer family were one of the first families to establish roots in the

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Wild Card Wine Selection

The pairing of friends with gifts of wine and food

What wine does a wine connoisseur buy for a friend as a special gift or a celebration with friends and family? That was the question we would answer when each member of the Wine Review Council brought one of their favorite wines to share along with a pairing of a favorite food a couple of

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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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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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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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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Wine to enhance the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving weekend brought some very special wines to our table. These wines will enhance any holiday get together or special occasion. Each wine merits mention on their own and are excellent examples of their varietals and style. The perfect appetizer go with is a sparkling wine. Chandon Blanc De Noirs with its sweet and savory

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Three Summer Rosés

Pleasurable summer wines part II

As summer’s end is quickly upon us here are some white wines and Rosés to finish out your summertime enjoyment. These refreshing wines are part two of a series of pleasurable summer wines I discovered over the past several months. With about one month to go before we hit the autumn season these summer wines

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Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Rombauer Vineyards: Sharing the joy of making wine

For many in the Napa wine industry life began in the 1970’s. You had the Judgment of Paris, which essentially put Napa Valley on the map in the world’s perspective but at the same time, you had many lesser-known pioneers who were forging their way to make their statement in wine. One family that moved

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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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