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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Champagne

Champagne Jacquart: Pleasure and passion in a glass of Champagne

Celebrating 50 years, Champagne Jacquart is considered young in spirit, innovation and production for this region of France. To inaugurate this special year the winery is introducing the Mosaic collection, a body of Champagnes that best represents the vitality of House of Jacquart and its head winemaker, Floriane Eznack. To read more…

The Truvee Sisters

Truvée Wines: Sisters unite through wine

The McBride sisters’ story has many firsts and their two wineries are built out of the love they have for each other. Robin and Andréa McBride are not only women winemakers, a challenge in itself, but also they are the first African American women winery owners/winemakers. Their latest endeavor is Truvée Wines, a Central Coast

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Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Tasting Room

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery: Sharing the Arizona wine experience

As Californians we are spoiled by the selection of wine produced in our home state and often overlook some outstanding choices from other regions in the United States. Arizona is one of those states that has some excellent wineries specializing in the Rhone varietals due to terroir and climate. In 2014 a new regulation changed

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Kimmel Wines

Kimmel Vineyards: From cattle ranch to winemaking

When first meeting Jim Kimmel one immediately senses his commitment to his family, relatives, the Ranch his father and mother, Ed and Lillian Kimmel began in 1963 and the grapes that are grown in the vineyard. It is about continuing the family heritage that is now seeing its 4th generation. It is carrying on the

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Decanting Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte: Champagne with distinction

When you think of Champagne you typically do not think of a vertical tasting or decanting older Champagne to bring out the flavors and the nose. During a recent tasting at Spagettini in Beverly Hills of the Nicolas Feuillatte collection, oenology and quality manager, Guillaume Roffiaen did just that. Besides featuring the most recent releases

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Premier Cru Collection Bordeaux Glass

Premier Cru Collection: Stemware that enhances the wine

The enjoying wine not only encompasses the bottle of wine chosen but also the company you are with, the cuisine you are pairing with each wine and the glass that the wine is served in. The glass can make or break the occasion. Recently at a dinner at Ysabel I had the opportunity to meet

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Mark Horvath, Crawford Family Wines and Cori Solomon

Crawford Family Wines: In pursuit of balance

Each year the wines from Crawford Family Wines get better and better as I have impressively watched the growth and development of this winery. I first discovered Crawford wines at the Sta. Rita Hills Wine and Fire event in 2013. Since that time they have expanded their focus of just Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from

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