The wines of Cantara Cellar, Camarillo, CA

Cantara Cellars: A hidden winery gem in Camarillo

A spur of the moment detour ended up with a wonderful winery find. My husband and I were at the Camarillo outlets shopping for some incidentals for my daughter’s upcoming wedding when we decided to end our day with a stop to the Cantara Cellars. Mike Brown, winemaker/owner has been making wine since 2005. With

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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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Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2011 Art Series

Urban Artistry meets Campo Viejo Reserva Rioja

Sometimes it is not just the wine but the artistry of the label that intrigues us to purchase a wine. Such could be the case with Campo Viejo Art Series Reserva 2011 Rioja. It is not just the label; the tasteful tube packaging also draws us in. Not only is the wine excellent, this Rioja

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Bodegas Artadi

Bodegas Artadi: Maintaining wine traditions while keeping up with the times

A chance meeting can turn into a delightful wine discovering. Such was the case when the opportunity availed itself to meet and enjoy lunch at La Paella Restaurant with Carlos Lopez de Lacalle from Artadi, a Spanish winery that combines the excellence of three distinct regions of Spain; Rioja, Navarro and Alicante to produce a

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Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Ribera Y Rueda: Exploring Tempranillo and Verdejo wines

Spain has many different wine regions. For many of us in the United States some of the regions we might say are off the beaten path. Two not as well-known regions in northern Spain are Rueda, recognized for it white varietals, especially Verdejo and Ribera del Duero where Tempranillo is predominately grown. To read more…

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