Temecula Winery Chapin Family Vineyards Wine

Temecula: Discovering the Red Varieties of Chapin Family Vineyards

My last excursion to visit a winery before the sheltering in place went into effect in Los Angeles took me for a day to Temecula to visit Chapin Family Vineyards. What makes Chapin stand out is the Italian varieties they produce. Although Chapin focuses on red wine and two that are unusual for Temecula, Montepulciano,

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DAOU Family Estates Soul of the Lion Cabernet Sauvignon

Soul of the Lion: The Story of DAOU Estate’s Outstanding Wine

The thrill for a wine writer is the ability to sample an exceptionally outstanding wine, but often the story behind compels me to compose the article. In the case of DAOU Family Estates, the biographical history behind the wine Soul of the Lion drew me to write this piece. Although this wine is extraordinary, it

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Willamette Valley Winery - Tyee Wines

Willamette Valley Winery: Tyee Wine Cellars

From a dairy farm to growing grapes, Tyee Wine Cellars is a family-owned Willamette Valley winery.  Now in its 5th generation with Merrilee Buchanan Benson and her husband Brian Benson taking the lead on this boutique Oregon winery that produces 2000 cases of wine a year. Off the beaten path about 20 minutes from Corvallis,

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Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards: Showcasing the Southern Willamette Valley

On a recent visit to South Willamette Valley, I discovered Iris Vineyards. The winery’s production facility is located in Cottage Grove, but Iris’s tasting room is situated about 20 minutes from both Cottage Grove and Eugene. The drive is well worth the visit because of the spectacular views. Perched atop a knoll, the tasting room

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Lowe Winery Vineyards

Mudgee Musings – Australia Wine Country

Some of the many delights of traveling are discovering an unexpected site, cozy restaurant, or photo op that takes you by surprise. The whole region of Mudgee was like that for me. An unknown (to me) wine region, that was one of my excursions to Australia Wine Country with the Wine Media Conference. Now, you’ve

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Bells Up Winery Vineyards

Bells Up Winery: Wine Music Hits All the Notes

Music is an essential part of the wine message at Bells Up Winery in the Willamette Valley. Music comes in many forms for David and Sara Specter, owners of the winery. As you enter the winery you first encounter the wine music with their logo of the French horn. I would say in their own

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Rogue Valley Dancin Vineyards

Dancin Vineyards: The Delights of the Rogue Valley

Autumn is the ideal time of the year to visit Dancin Vineyards in the Rogue Valley AVA. Not only does the wine dance, but the fall colors of the foliage create an exquisite performance as if they are dancing in the wind. All this makes visiting this winery spectacular. The story of Dancin is a

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Wine Tasting Rooms

New Wine Tasting Rooms for Liquid Farm & Crawford Family Wines

A trip up to Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Los Olivos is always fun, especially when visiting old wine friends. My visit took in both Liquid Farm and Crawford Family Wines. Although I love their wines, they both have new wine tasting rooms that I wanted to check out, which I found worth the visit. I

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Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an

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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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