Rosé Wine from Ascension Cellars and Theopolis Vineyards

It is a Rosé Wine Kind of Day

I think Rosé describes the best type of wine to enjoy during the summer months. Something about Rosé wine speaks to warm weather, days filled with sunshine, outdoor eating and barbecues. Perhaps its refreshing crispness or the flavors of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and nectarines help define

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Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery: A fabulous Midwest winery destination

My adventures in the Missouri wine region, enabled me to discover Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, a charming getaway that has everything you could possible desire when it comes to a relaxing experience and enjoying sumptuous meals. Chaumette is more than a winery it is a midwest winery destination stop. Located about an hour south of

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The Reds Wines of Sweetzer Cellars

Sweetzer Cellars: From Chardonnay to Pinot Noir

I first sampled the wines of Sweetzer Cellars at a Pinot Noir wine tasting in Santa Barbara. Since then I have sampled their wines on three other occasions including a luncheon with LA Wine Writers. If I were to pick one of the rising wine stars I discovered this year it would definitely include Sweetzer

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Luce Vertical Wine Tasting

Luce: Defining old and new world winemaking in Montalcino

When traveling we never know the impressions a particular place will have on each of us. Sometimes our awareness pops up months after we return. Last fall I traveled to Italy and visited Montalcino. I walked the charming village, visited a nearby Abbey and winery but the true impact of this scenic spot did not

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Montalbera Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG

Montalbera: Making a name for Ruché

The quest to discover new varieties or an interesting wine is at the heart of every wine writer. It goes hand in hand with the pursuit to increase one’s knowledge of wine. Italy with its long history of growing and producing wine propagates the largest number of indigenous grapes. Today Italy cultivates well over 2000

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Falletto Barbaresco and Barolo

Folio Fine Wine Partners: A portfolio of prestigious red wine

Who could resist a wine tasting of luxury wines, a dilemma that I think we all know the answer to. Case in point occurred when I attended a Folio Fine Wine Partners Wine Tasting at Stanley’s Wet Goods in Culver City. Impressive accurately describes the wines sampled. The wines featured represented mostly red wine from

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Château Angélus Saint-Émilion Vertical Wine Tasting

The bell tolls in honor of Château Angélus Saint-Émilion

They say the bells toll three times a day; morning, midday and night symbolizing the beginning and end of the workday and calling people to pray in what is known as the Angelus prayer. The story goes on to say that the chimes could be heard in the vineyards from neighboring church. Presently this bell

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Summer Wines 2017

Nine summer wines to enjoy this season

We are now in the full swing of summer and I want to share those wonderful whites and Rosés that go so well with summer fare. We must also not forget about the reds that compliment our favorite summertime dinner pastime, the barbecue. Reds and Rosés are great with grilled meats. A refreshing white wine

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Cecchi Riserva Di Famigli Chianti Classico Riserva

Cecchi: A family’s affinity with Chianti and more

I discovered Cecchi Family Estates while traveling in Tuscany last year. I visited their Val Delle Rose Winery in Maremma. Unbeknownst to me at the time; the Cecchi  family planted some of the first vineyards in Maremma, thus established themselves as pioneers in the area. Fast-forward to May of 2017; luckily I am invited to

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View from the Terenzi to Scansano

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery. Beauty has been part of the Terenzi  legacy for some time. It began with cosmetics and eventually turned into the beauty of the land the family owns near Scansano in Maremma. It is also the beauty of the grapes and

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