Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé

Ascension Cellars Siren: Rosé that speaks for itself

Vertical wine tastings can always be fun. How about a vertical of Rosé? With two bottles of Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé, a 2014 and 2015 it was fascinating to explore the differences and nuances between the two vintages. In the bottle both Rosés appeared similar in appearance as each featured a dark iridescent rosy ruby

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wSilvestri Vineyards Creating Wine Music

Silvestri Vineyards: Taking wine music to a higher note

An excellent bottle of wine is like music to one’s ears. In the case of Silvestri Vineyards, the meaning is twofold. First owner Alan Silvestri is a composer of film music. His creativity for the melodic line carries into his passion for making wine. Like the music he composes, his wines create their own melody

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Holman Ranch: A place of celebration, passion and wine

When traveling to Carmel most people envision Carmel By The Sea but one must not forget the Carmel Valley, an area that highlights a more rural pastoral landscape. If you are a wine lover, many of the wineries have their tasting rooms in this valley. One such winery is Holman Ranch. To read more…

Matos Winery Prince Edward Island

Matos Winery: The hidden gem of Prince Edward Island

You never know where you might spot a winery. When a group of wine writers were touring Prince Edward Island, Canada they discovered there are three wineries on the island and of course being the wine journalists we had to visit at least one winery. We chose Matos Winery & Distillery. Most people traveling to

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Naoussa the view

Discovering Naoussa

Wine tastings are a fabulous way to discover new wines and varietals from around the world but in the case of the Greek wines of Naoussa, visiting this area of Greece, meeting with the winemakers and their families, sharing a Greek family styled meal and touring the vineyards and wineries only enhanced the quality of

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Chateau Ste Michelle and Chihuly: A fusion of art and wine

Art, music, food and wine; what could be more tantalizing to all our senses than when you combine them all together. Such is the case when Chateau Ste Michelle offers a mixture of events to its patrons. From the mellow sounds of Harry Connick Jr. to the organic art forms of Dale Chihuly to the

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Elliott Dolin from Dolin Estates

Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards: A shining star for Malibu and the Central Coast

Sometimes there are all sorts of special treats in our backyards or perhaps just around the corner. Living in West Los Angeles, Malibu is always a draw. Most people think of Malibu as going to the beach and enjoying the surf and sun. There is more to Malibu. Combine the spectacular views of the ocean

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Greek Wines

Beyond Xinomavro: Greek Wine discoveries in Naoussa and Amyndeon

A trip to Greece can be a wine lovers paradise. With over 300 different varietals one always finds something new whether it be a Greek wine or appellation. Recently I made some new Greek wine discoveries while traveling in Macedonia. The emphases of these travels were the wines of Naoussa and the signature grape of

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Kitá Pinot Noir

Kitá Wines: The balance between earth and vine

The pursuit of balance in the winemaking process comes in many forms. For many wineries it is the foundation behind the winery. Balance is very important to the philosophy of Kitá Wines. It is the central theme behind every facet of creating and producing wine from start to finish.  To read more…

Wines of Pearl Morissette

Pearl Morissette Estate Winery: Niagara Wines best kept secret

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario is one of Canada’s well-known wine regions. Also known as Niagara wines region, one discovers in the town of Jordan a little gem of a winery called Pearl Morissette. In 2007, the winery, a collaboration between developer Mel Pearl and Francois Morissette began. One almost misses finding the winery tucked

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