Ehlers Estate Winery and Vineyard © Ehlers Estate

Ehlers Estate: Where Old-world Traditions Meet New-world Concepts

From a dying vineyard in the 1800s, Ehlers Estate in St. Helena has transformed into a renowned winery encompassing the legacy of Jean and Sylviane Leducq and their Leducq Foundation, as well as their predecessors, Bernard and Anne Ehlers. For Laura Diaz Munoz, General Manager and winemaker, the estate exemplifies a dream come true. The … Read more

Batasiolo cellar © Batasiolo

Taking Barolo To New Heights With Beni di Batasiolo

In Piedmont, the Dogliani family stands for Barolo, and their winery Beni di Batasiolo has produced this variety for three generations in the Lange district. Over the generations, they have acquired over 320 acres of vineyards, including five “Cru” Vineyards within nine estates. Their name signifies the Nebbiolo da Barolo grape. Recently at a luncheon … Read more

Thanksgiving Feast 2022

Enhance Your Thanksgiving Feast with Halleck Vineyard Wines

As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, many contemplate the best wine to serve to make our Thanksgiving feast memorable. Halleck Vineyard, a small Sebastopol winery, comes to mind. Many of their wines lend themselves to creating a unique and excellent accompaniment to the Thanksgiving dinner. Not only does the wine lend itself to the cuisine, but … Read more

PoderNuovo Winery and Vineyard View © PoderNuovo

West Hollywood Restaurant Tesse Meets PoderNuovo A Palazzone

Wine tasting comes together best when combined with a wine pairing dinner. I find West Hollywood restaurant Tesse creates food pairings that bring out the finest quality in wines. Owner Jordan Ogron enables one to travel the world in a three or four-course dining experience. West Hollywood Restaurant Tesse Tesse is a French restaurant inspired … Read more

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Funk Zone Winery J Wilkes © Cori Solomon

Discover Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Winery J.Wilkes

A trip to Santa Barbara must include a visit to one of the funk zone wineries. These wineries are part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. The Santa Barbara Funk Zone is located within a few blocks between State Street and Garden Street and Montecito Street to Cabrillo Boulevard. This industrial district was known … Read more

Napa Valley Winery Titus Vineyards by Frank Gutierrez

Napa Valley Winery Titus Vineyards Legacy

My last visit with Titus Vineyards was in 2019 when this Napa Valley winery celebrated fifty years of growing grapes in the Napa Valley. Recently I met with Eric Titus and sampled the wines harvested in 2019. The vintage is one of Titus Vineyards’ best; therefore, the fifty-year celebration is still being honored today as … Read more

ForFriends Inn Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast © Cori Solomon

ForFriends Inn: The Best Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast

Just as the Central Coast beckons as one drives north along Highway 101 and the road turns inland from the ocean, ascending into Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara Wine Country, so does the Santa Ynez Bed and Breakfast, ForFriends Inn. The landscape changes to a pastoral setting filled with oak trees, letting us know … Read more

Creative Concord Mural_David Cho

Art and Wine in Concord and Contra Costa County

Art and wine connect me to the places I travel to; each establishes harmony and balance in its surroundings. Local art, especially murals, defines a city or town. Like art, local wine speaks of a place, especially in terms of terroir. Both inspire our senses and have a social impact whether we share with friends, … Read more

Seaview Vineyard contours autumn © Yealands Wines

Yealands Wines: The Best of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

When thinking about New Zealand wine, one typically thinks of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. My mind immediately goes to the grassy and grapefruit aromas of the Sauvignon Blanc and the minerally character of the wine. Such was the case when I had the privilege of meeting Winemaker Natalie Christensen and tasting Yealands … Read more

Mission San Luis Obispo © Cori Solomon

Discover San Luis Obispo

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along Highway 101, lies the Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo. A city that is increasing in popularity partly due to its agricultural roots giving way to grape growing, expanding the city’s desirability for fine dining and wine tasting. There is more to San Louis Obispo than … Read more

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