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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Mun@Casarena: Integrating a passion for food, wine and Andes Mountains

Discovering the wines of Argentina includes learning about the cuisines that evolve around each winery experience. In Argentina some of the most outstanding restaurants are an integral part of the wine scene. One such winery is Casarena Bodega & Viñedos where one will find Mun@Casarena, a fabulous Asian – Argentine fusion restaurant. Mun@Casarena is the

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Uncorking Argentina: Experiencing the beauty of Argentina

Discovering Mendoza, Argentina can be made easy with Uncorking Argentina. Uncorking Argentina opens your eyes to experience all that Argentina has to offer or one might say they are uncorking and decanting all the wonders of Argentina, more specifically Mendoza. For those wanting an exciting and comprehensive wine tour with tastings, it is the perfect

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The Willows: Fine dining at its best

The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez is one of those very special dining experiences. Being located in the casino one would think the restaurant would have the same bustle and environment of a gamblers paradise. Contrary, the Willows Restaurant does not; it is Santa Ynez Valley’s best-kept secret. To read more…

Terrazas de Los Andes: Pure refinement in a destination winery

My adventures in Argentina began with a charming getaway that has everything you could possible desire when it comes to a relaxing time, fabulous wines, sumptuous meals and wonderful accommodations. Terrazas de Los Andes is a destination winery that involves each visitor in a totally unique epicurean experience. It was my first stop on my

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Cheval des Andes: Combining French elegance with Argentine style

My second day in Argentina took me to Cheval de Andes. Considered the “New World Grand Cru”, the winery is located on 50 hectares in the Las Compuertas district of Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard is known for its polo fields. Cheval des Andes is a joint venture between Terrazas de Los Andes and the

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