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Dog-friendly Wineries in Sonoma

There are two things my husband and I love more than each other: our black lab Eddie and good wine. What that says about our marriage—let us not go there. I can say that our love for each other has grown alongside our shared passions for both Pinot and our pooch, Eddie. So it only

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Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Stars of Cabernet: Highlighting the best of Cabernet Sauvignon

This year’s WineLA  event,  Stars of Cabernet had more meaning than usual. After the devastating wildfires hit Northern California especially wine country, it amazed me to see the turn out of wineries producing Cabernet Sauvignon participating from those ravaged areas. Supporting these efforts to help victims of those fires, the silent auction benefitted Habitat for

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Livermore Valley Concannon Vineyard Historical Plaque

Concannon Wines: Making an impact on the Livermore Valley

A winery’s history plays an essential factor in the wines created today. This legacy is the foundation that the forefathers of each winery give to the present day owners. How the current generation interprets what is handed down impacts on both the grapes and winemaking process. It can also make or break the continuing success

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Top Winery Precession Grenache

TOP Winery: Striking the balance of life through wine

The word balance has many interpretations depending on how each person perceives it. Is it balancing your day between work and relaxation? Is it the risk and challenges we encounter every day that put our lives in balance? For TOP Winery, owners Elena Martinez and Stanley Barrios the meaning describes their passion, the winery they

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Winemaker, Markus Niggli

Markus Niggli: Lodi’s new generation of winemaker

As a wine writer, I always strive to find something new and different. While in Lodi I discovered a winemaker, Markus Niggli that does just that. Not only does he utilize less common varieties but also he creates blends that set him apart from others. The wines of Markus Wine Co. are both unique and

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Wines of South Africa

Wines of South Africa: Celebrating the wines of the Cape

WineLA recently showcased the Wines of South Africa, WOSA in Marina Del Rey. The wine tasting at the Marina City Club presented the diversity and styles that elevate South African wines into the 8th largest wine-producing region of the world. In South Africa, most vineyards are located in the Western Cape, an area where sea

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Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Dog Bernie

Discover Lodi and their pet-friendly wineries

For many, traveling with our pets is the optimal way to tour the country. We love having our furry friends tag along and partake in our experiences. Often our canine kids are happier joining us instead of being stuck in a kennel or at home with a pet sitter. Being the wine enthusiast I am,

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Mercer Estates, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

Mercer Wine Estate: A winery steeped in family traditions

Family traditions are what Mercer Wine Estate located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington State is all about. This being my second year sampling Mercer wine, I am very impressed especially with the consistency of the wines between vintages. The Mercer family were one of the first families to establish roots in the

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La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta: Celebrating Viña Ardanza

One of the most notable wineries in Rioja Alta Region of Spain is La Rioja Alta. In commemoration of the winery’s 75th anniversary of the Viña Ardanza wines, the winery visited several American cities presenting some of their current releases along with a vertical tasting. One city, Los Angeles, La Rioja Alta’s superb wines highlighted

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Nik Weis St. Urban-Hof Riesling Wine

Discover the German Riesling Wine from Nik Weis

After receiving two very different Rieslings from Nik Weis, I decided to create my own side-by-side comparison of the two wines. One Riesling wine, the Urban Riesling and the other the St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger “Alte Reben” Kabinett Feinherb Riesling each present a very different style. Nik Weis, a third generation winemaker owns St. Urbans-Hof, a

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