Santiago Achaval, Achaval Ferrera Malbecs

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine wine

In Argentina the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir– driven wines and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Archaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce Malbec from single vineyards but there is more that makes the Archaval-Ferrer wines exceptional. In addition to the land and the grapes, it is the

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Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making an outstanding wine. This is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken. His exuberance for his craft is quite evident when in his presence. You immediately sense his passion for wine, the terroir and the process of making wine.

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Lunch at Bodega Trivento

Bodega Trivento: A true expression of the Argentine terroir

Over the last week I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodegas Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes,

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L'Aventure Wines

L’Aventure: Bringing together the best of Bordeaux and Rhone

The entire winemaking process is an adventure. This journey begins with the establishment of the winery and continues through the process of growing the grapes, harvesting and putting ones creative juices to the test of making an exceptional wine. The story behind L’Aventure Winery is a voyage across the continents with a quest to pursue

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Jerry Mueller, Robllar Vineyards

Röbller Vineyard Winery: The perfect way to enjoy the day

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach and some nuances

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Bar & Grill

A Taste of Garagiste: A festival prelude

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure is quickly approaching in Los Angeles at Union Station on July 12, 2014.   As a preview, A Taste of Garagiste showcased three wineries participating in the Urban Exposure wine tasting at the Bar & Garden in Culver City. The wineries, which all produce small lot handcrafted wines were Ascension Cellars,

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Argentine Adventures: Touring the land of Malbec

World Malbec Day is April 17, 2014. As the day celebrating this fine varietal approaches I reminisce about my adventures in Argentina, the trip made possible by Uncorking Argentina.   Although I imbibed Torrentes, Cabernet and Bonarda, it is Malbec that brings back my memories of visiting both small and large wineries, enjoying the meals

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Buttonwood Wines

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard: Harmonizing the vineyard to make great wine

Throughout April many wineries have been and will be participating in the Wine Institute’s Earth Month festivities celebrating the California Wine industry’s eco-friendly practices. One event that I was able to attend was the Buttonwood Farm & Winery Scavenger Hunt and Brunch on April 13, 2014. The weather was gorgeously clear over the Santa Ynez

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Domaine Porto Carras Limnio

Domaine Porto Carras: A Greek experience with old world vines

Opportunities come in many forms and when you are a wine lover it could be experiencing wines from a new region.  In my case, the door opened for me to discover Greek wines.  The wines were those of Domaine Porto Carras. In Greece there are 330 varietals of which only seventy-eight are imported.  Many of

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Crawford Family Wines

Crawford Family Wines: Passion is the key to their wines

Is it the key to opening the door or just pushing the door ajar?  In the case of Crawford Family Wines it is both.  The key is the branding symbol of the winery but it is also the key to an opportunity to taste some really fantastic wines.  The door is something both Mark and

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