Virtual Dinners

Highlighting Driveway Drinking, Online Wine Tasting & Virtual Dinners

From driveway drinking to online wine tasting to virtual dinners, welcome to our new norm in socializing and visiting with our friends. We used to spend our days enjoying our friendships and social lives based around a meal or sipping wine together. Finding new ways to survive the need to be social creatures in a

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Malbec Argentino Colome

Argentinian Malbec: Celebrating the Malbec Grape

Malbec World Day is just around the corner, and although celebrating has a different connotation in the days of a pandemic, one thing that has not been taken away from us is wine, the ability to buy good wine and savor its nuances. We can still pick up an Argentinian  Malbec wine and enjoy a

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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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Stay At Home Wines

Stay At Home: Eleven Wines To Savor At Your Leisure

We may not be able to travel to visit wineries at this time, but we certainly stay at home and enjoy a bottle of wine in the comfort of our houses. Many wineries are offering special deals and free shipping. Our local wine shops will allow curbside pickup and in California, the ABC relaxed the

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Rodney Strong Sonoma County Wines

Discover Sonoma County & Rodney Strong Vineyards

Building a base or a foundation is the center for any artist, musician, and also for creating wine. Those wineries that were the pioneers of the wine industry in the 1960s and 1970s laid the groundwork for California winemaking. One winery which played an important role in the establishment of the Sonoma County Wine Industry

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Gilbert Arizona The Uprooted Kitchen in Barnone at the Agritopia

Discovering Gilbert Arizona

This post is an excerpt from an article I wrote on Gilbert Arizona for FWT Magazine. Gilbert Arizona has become the fastest-growing city in the Phoenix area. Its popularity can be seen as one walks down Gilbert Rd in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District. Not only is the town popular with snowbirds, especially those

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Lodi Zinfandel Wine

Zinfandel Wine: Defining Lodi’s Heritage

Although Lodi grows many different varietals, the area is also known as the Zinfandel capitol of the world. Of late, I have enjoyed two Zinfandels that attest to the regional heritage of producing exceptional Zinfandel wine. Lodi dates back to the 1850s. In the 1880s, Zinfandel was one of the primary grapes grown in the

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Clink Different Experience the Wines of Europe

From German Wine to Bordeaux Wine Click Different Does it Right

The goal of Clink Different is to get wine enthusiasts to Experience the Wines of Europe. The program is a joint effort between Germany, DWI, German Wine Institute, and Bordeaux, CIVB, Bordeaux Wine Council. The program’s intention focuses on increasing the public’s awareness of PDO wines from Bordeaux and Germany. To accomplish Clink Different goals,

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