Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc

Lang & Reed: Exemplifying Cabernet Franc & Chenin Blanc

Our lives take different paths and as we maneuver down each road we traverse, it establishes how we come to know the people we encounter along the way. Such is the case with John and Tracey Skupny, owners of Lang & Reed Wine Company in St. Helena, California. Our friendship came about through a common

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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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Paul Lato Wines

Wine and Fire: Enjoying the wines of Sta. Rita Hills

It is always a night to remember when you come out to enjoy the wines of Sta. Rita Hills. Set against the backdrop of the La Purisima Mission and the oak trees that surround the Mission’s courtyard, one cannot help but rejoice in the pleasures of the wine of this Santa Barbara County region and

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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…

Elinos Winery

A Greek adventure wining and dining in Elinos vineyards

Picnicking in the vineyard is one of the many highlights one enjoys with the 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 the well-manicured vineyard grounds with tables that have become fixtures at

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Garagiste Festival

Wine innovation begins at The Garagiste Festival

It was a modern marvel when it was built in 1931 but now the Wiltern Theater is a relic of an Art Deco era that is past. Recently the theater hosted the Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure wine tasting that like the Wiltern’s past represents the new and innovative winemaking styles that are coming forth from

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Soave Wine

Soave: Making a sensational comeback

In Italy Soave is considered one of Italy’s leading white wines. Soave received it first real recognition in 1931 when Soave was one of the first of two areas to be recognized geographically delimited wine region. Its popularity in Italy is immense but in the United States in the 70s and 80s it was most

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Archium Garagiste Festival

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure: Celebrating cutting edge winemaking

You might call them the entrepreneurs of the wine industry because they are taking their own initiative and risk to create their wine. They are the Garagistes who are the cutting edge of the wine business today. To many it is a deep passionate and love of wine and for others it is their second

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: The wines of the past, present and future

One of the beauties of wine is its ability to age and develop over time. For a wine writer it is a delight when a winery offers to let you explore some of there oldies and in the case of wine goodies. The best way to observe this maturity and development is a vertical tasting.

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Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an

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