Garagiste Festival: Discover Urban Exposure in Santa Monica

Garagiste Festival: Discover Urban Exposure in Santa Monica

One of my favorite wine tasting events is The Garagiste Festival and Urban Exposure is coming back to Los Angeles, more specifically Santa Monica on July 15, 2017. What makes this a great event is the ability to discover new up and coming wineries. Most of all, I love to discover what the little guys

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Wine for the New Year

Eight wines to bring out the spirit of the New Year

As New Year’s Eve is just around the corner I wanted to share some wines that I recently sampled that might tickle your fancy for the New Year. These suggestions will include sparkling wine to kick off the New Year but it will include some wines to pair with you holiday dinner. White Wines: If

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Wine to enhance the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving weekend brought some very special wines to our table. These wines will enhance any holiday get together or special occasion. Each wine merits mention on their own and are excellent examples of their varietals and style. The perfect appetizer go with is a sparkling wine. Chandon Blanc De Noirs with its sweet and savory

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Thanksgiving wine - Les Vignes Bila-Haut Rouge

Eight wines to enhance your Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a very social holiday and one that brings people and family together. What better way to enjoy this affable meal than with a nice glass of wine. If you are still thinking about what wines to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some suggestions that will make you meal more enjoyable. If

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Sangiovese and Marcy Eberle

Eberle Winery: A pioneering passion for wine and Paso Robles

When visiting wineries and discovering the wines of Paso Robles one must include a visit to one of the founding fathers of this region’s wine industry, Eberle Winery. Not only is Eberle one of the first wineries to establish itself in the area but also Gary Eberle, owner of Eberle Winery was the first to

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Narrow Gate Tasting Room

Narrow Gate Vineyards: Defining wines through a biodynamic footprint

In this day and age many wineries choose to utilize green practices in both the winery and vineyard. Biodynamic is an old principle but is a newer philosophy of farming for many wineries. As Down To Earth Month slowly comes to a close there is another Wine Institute member that is Demeter Certified Biodynamic that

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Narrow Gate Dunamis GSM

Narrow Gate Vineyards Testimonial

Wow Cori – thank you!  That is probably not only the best article ever written about us but the most “well-written”.  You were able to relay so much understanding of the biodynamic process as well as a personal look inside us and Narrow Gate.  It means so much to us, especially as we approach our

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Peter Work, Ampelos Cellars

Ampelos Cellars: A winery that is cutting edge, passionate and proud

Since the Wine Institute has designated April as Earth Month, I am exploring wineries that utilize sustainable practices in most aspects of their grape growing and wine making process. Each winery employs their own set of standards and principles to attain their goal of sustainability. One winery that is determined to pave the way to

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Alma Sol Wines

The Gargiste Festival: Showcasing the best artisan winemakers

The Garagiste Festival is the place to discover the latest boutique wineries that have emerged on the California scene.  These are the innovators in the field or the new kids on the block wanting to make their imprint on the wine industry.  Personally I enjoy discovering these new wineries because one can find some real

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Buttonwood Wines

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard: A spontaneous delight

Sometimes the most impromptu situations lead to wonderful outcomes.  That was the case when winemaker, Karen Steinwachs heard I was in Solvang for the day and invited me at the last minute to Buttonwood Farms Winery and Vineyards pick up party.  It was an invite I could not decline. To read more…

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