Awen Winecraft Boutique Winery Rogue Valley

Awen Winecraft: A Boutique Winery Highlighting the Rogue Valley

Inspiration brought Sean Hopkins and Tom Homewood together. Since they both came from a background in technology and enjoyed writing and playing music, they were destined to come together to form their winery, Awen Winecraft, a boutique winery situated in the Rogue Valley. Awen, the Name Awen is a Celtic word that means poetic inspiration.

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Rosé Wine 2020

Rosé Wine 2020: Seven Must Try Rosés

For me, when I think of the best summer wine, I think of Rosé because it makes an enjoyable and refreshing summer fare. Discovering the intricacies of Rosé, one finds diversity, whether it is the varieties that make up the wine or if the grapes are grown specifically for Rosé or utilize the Saignée method

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Papapietro Perry Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Comes Alive At Papapietro Perry Winery

Steering his way to Sonoma County, Ben Papapietro, along with his partner Bruce Perry traversed the roads on a journey from the family garage to their winery in Dry Creek Valley. Along the way, Ben maneuvered his way via a truck working for the San Francisco News Agency; the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle. No

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Feng Shui Designed Ron Rubin Winery © Ron Rubin Winery

Ron Rubin Winery: An Adventure in Feng Shui Design

What lies between a winery’s walls play a role in the wine itself. In the case of Ron Rubin Winery, Feng Shui engulfs the winery from inside and out. This aspect is reflected in the wines through energy. When I heard that Ron Rubin’s winery is built and organized around Feng Shui design, it intrigued

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Camins 2 Dreams-In the Vineyards © Craft and Cluster

Camins 2 Dreams: Highlighting the path to Grüner Veltliner and Syrah

As we follow the path of life, our journeys enrich us through the people we meet, the places we visit, and even the wine we taste. Recently visiting with Tara Gomez and Mireia Taribo Tena and learning about their Camins 2 Dreams winery, you know their love of wine, and each other has led them

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Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo

Travaglini Gattinara: Nebbiolo At Its Best

Often there is something besides the wine that attracts us to a particular winery. As I sit and reminisce about tastings in the past, I think about when Cinzia and Alessia Travaglini were in Los Angeles for a tasting of the family’s Nebbiolo wine. It was the unique bottle shape that stood out to beckon

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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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