Ehlers Estate-Titus - Napa Vineyard

Titus Vineyards: Half a Century of a Napa Vineyard

Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It

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Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine - Autumn

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Revel in Spanish Luxury

Today wine travel is an all-encompassing experience. Many wineries are not just a location but a destination that includes accommodation, restaurant, and winery. In Spain, one place that offers a unique opportunity for a European wine adventure is Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine. Recently I attended a wine tasting luncheon with Enrique Valero, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine’s CEO.

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Larry Gilman Donna Mills Mandeville Canyon Winery Mandeville Vineyards

Discovering Mandeville Vineyards in Mandeville Canyon

Sometimes we find wonderfully exceptional things in the most unlikely places. Take for example the passion of the wine lover who decides to grow grapes in his backyard in the city. Many winemakers start by growing grapes at home. Not everyone can do it successfully because the climate can be entirely different than in many

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Hertelendy Wines with Elegant Style

Hertelendy Vineyards: An Ensemble of elegant style wines

Wine is music to Ralph Hertelendy’s ears. Coming from a background that includes Hungarian and Slovakian heritage and from a family that is still very involved in classical music. Today, Ralph’s Hertelendy Vineyards enchants you with a chorus that sings high and low notes of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and focuses on a bold, elegant

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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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Ascension Cellars Erick Allen with wines and Cafe Del Rey Chef and manager

Ascension Cellars: Wines that elevate your senses

For Erick Allen the process of winemaking is about the blend. Starting Ascension Cellars in 2008 was about accentuating his blending forte of both the Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. It is Erick’s passion for this process that makes his wines truly exceptional. Erick’s success in winemaking comes from not only his blending prowess but also

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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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Achaval-Ferrer Winery

Achaval-Ferrer: Expressing terroir with Malbec

  Achaval-Ferrer typifies the new and old world qualities of creating wine that makes Argentina and Malbec stand out. Meeting recently with Achaval-Ferrer’s Global Brand Ambassador, Marcelo Victoria, it became obvious that several key points were paramount to the winery’s success; low yields, the amount of vines per bottle, warmer fermentation, purity and complexity from

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Elinos Vineyards View

A Greek adventure: Wine Picnic in Elinos vineyards

Picnicking in the vineyard is one of the many highlights we often enjoy during a wine tasting experience. Take this idea one step beyond what many of us are acquainted with at an American winery; more specifically in California, where you enjoy a luncheon on well-manicured vineyard grounds with tables that have become fixtures at

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