Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room

Visiting Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen

It takes a balancing act to oversee the 50 different wines that compose the portfolio of Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, a Solvang winery, but winemaker Megan McGrath Gates does it with panache. It began as a friendship in 1975 between Louis Lucas, a viticulturist, and Royce Lewellen, a Superior Court Judge, and moved on

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Missouri Wines

Missouri Wines: A brief history, and pairing ideas

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck to pair with that bottle of Norton your friend brought you from her trip back home to Missouri, and Missouri Wines, I’ve got your answer: Slow-braised short rib with goat cheese polenta. That’s right, nice rich meat, to go with the structured dry red wine. Don’t be afraid

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Highland Valley Wineries Vista View

Highland Valley Wineries: A Love Affair with Ramona Valley

My second day in the Ramona Valley took me to four Highland Valley wineries. I found the day to be all about passion. Each winemaker had their interpretation of their love of wine, whether it be the winemaking process or the growing of grapes. Although the passion seemed to take on different forms, one commonality

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Markus Wine Co. Red Wine Blends

Markus Wine: A step above Red Wine Blends

I think of Markus Niggli as the master blender, and after sampling all the red wine blends he now produces, I find like an artist, his palette and technique for combining varieties takes him to a level beyond most winemakers. I first met Markus in 2017 when he was the winemaker for Borra Vineyards in

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South African Winemakers

The Driving Force between Five South African Winemakers

Bring five South African winemakers together, and you will see what defines South African wine. They are friends and collaborators who represent four distinct wine regions in South Africa, and they presented their wines and those of others at a wine tasting called South Africa Redefined. South Africa’s wine history goes back almost 400 years.

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Spanish Wines Filboa - Vall Llach

Spanish Wines: The Wines of Fillaboa and Vall Llach

Let’s delve into the wines from two specific wineries in Spain. Both exemplify the wine regions they represent, but together they tell the inherent story of Spanish Wines. Rias Baixas One sees the Spanish affinity to the white varietal Albarino as profound. The variety is probably Spain’s most popular white. Most Albarinos come from the

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Valley View of Eola-Amity Hills - Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Delve into Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Recently while on a wine adventure to the Willamette Valley, I explored wineries in several of the seven Willamette Valley AVAs. There are enough wineries in each appellation for a weekend escape to each one. This article focuses on the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, including things to do in the surrounding vicinity other than wine tasting.

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Cameron Douglas with New Zealand Wine

NZ Wine Navigator: Elevating the bar on New Zealand Wine

When we think of New Zealand wine most American’s are familiar with the big wineries that make their way to the United States, but many do not realize an effort is being made to bring notoriety to some small boutique wineries. One company forging the way to make these wineries known to us is NZ

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Ehlers Estate-Titus - Napa Vineyard

Titus Vineyards: Half a Century of a Napa Vineyard

Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It

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Prie Winery and Vineyards at Sunrise

Prie Winery: Setting the bar for a Lodi Winery

Originally living in Livermore John and Lisa Gash got the wine bug. Since both worked at Lawrence Livermore Labs, they were familiar with the Livermore Valley wine scene, but they ultimately choose vineyards in Lodi to source their grapes. As self-taught winemakers, their first vintage was in 2005. As their passion for winemaking grew their

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