Augusta, Missouri Valley View

Discover Augusta, Missouri: Home to America’s First AVA

The American Viticulture Area, AVA system was created to establish a specific location by identifying aspects including geography, soil, climate and other environments factors influencing grapes and the characteristics of wine. Napa was designated California’s first AVA in 1981 and Santa Maria our second, but they are the second and third AVA in the United

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Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

Winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment to throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter when I have hearty

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Alloro Vineyard Landscape, Chehalem Mountains AVA

Alloro Vineyard: Defining the Chehalem Mountains AVA

Visiting Alloro Vineyard, one gets a good sense of what the Chehalem Mountains AVA is all about. Located west of Portland in Sherwood, a portion of the Tualatin Valley, the winery also sits in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. The Chehalem Mountains AVA was established in 2006. The soils consist of three types:

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Autumn Wine

It’s the season for Autumn Wine

As the vineyard’s leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange, we know autumn is in our midst. The food on our table begins to change to a heartier cuisine. Thus it becomes time to consider the best Autumn wine to complement our meal. Here is a selection of autumn wine to grace your table:

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Susan Danenberger, Winemaker

Illinois Wine: Discover the Woman behind Danenberger Family Vineyards

A winemaker’s passion is ever evolving. That love can situate them anywhere in the United States or the world. I never thought I would find a true passion for the art of wine in New Berlin, Illinois, an area just outside of Illinois’ capital, Springfield but I did when I met Susan Danenberger of Danenberger

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Larry Gilman Donna Mills Mandeville Canyon Winery Mandeville Vineyards

Discovering Mandeville Vineyards in Mandeville Canyon

Sometimes we find wonderfully exceptional things in the most unlikely places. Take for example the passion of the wine lover who decides to grow grapes in his backyard in the city. Many winemakers start by growing grapes at home. Not everyone can do it successfully because the climate can be entirely different than in many

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Turtle Rock Vineyards

Turtle Rock Vineyards: A winery defining the Willow Creek District AVA

The term “the apple does not fall far from the tree” aptly describes Turtle Rock Vineyards and more specifically winemaker/owner Don Burns. Don grew up on Willow Creek Road in the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles.  After sailing for two years in Central America and a short stint working in the restaurant business in Florida,

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Visiting Julian California

A Day Trip to Julian California

Good food, wine, and apples are what you will discover on a visit to Julian California, a town nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains about an hour northeast of San Diego. When visiting Julian think Old West meets apple orchards with a little wine thrown into the mix. The town dates back to the 1870s during

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Visiting Portland The Waterfront

Visiting Portland: A Weekend Excursion

Visiting Portland, the scenic town that lies along the Willamette River, I found the lushness in the landscape very appealing, whether strolling in Portland’s many parks, walking along the waterfront viewing the bridges or nearby on a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Recently after finishing a wine tour of the Tualatin Valley my husband

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Garagiste Festival 2017

Garagiste Festival: Discovering lesser known wineries

Garagiste goes Urban at the Women’s Club in Santa Monica on July 21, 2018. Los Angeles wine lovers, who enjoy discovering the small often hard to find wineries, consider attending this event. This year find 48 limited production wineries that together create the innovators in winemaking and the future of wine. Each has a relentless

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