Switchback Ridge Wine

Switchback Ridge Wine: Paving A Legacy in Calistoga

The history of Switchback Ridge wine is the story of the oldest continuously owned winery in Calistoga and on the Silverado Trail. The Petersons legacy chronicles the Napa Valley region from the early 1900s to the present day. It also reveals some of the first women in wine and their role in sustaining a vineyard

Best Wine 2023 Year In Review

Best Wine 2023: Year In Review

It is that time of the year for me to share my list of the best wine 2023, my year in review. Besides the various in-person and Zoom tastings I attended here in Los Angeles this year, I traveled to North Carolina to discover the Yadkin Valley’s Surry County Wine Trail and The Crest of

Travel 2023 New Brunswick Hopewell Rocks

Travel 2023 Year In Review

In 2023, my travel explorations took me to destinations in Canada, North Carolina, and California, where I discovered some new hidden gems for wine. As has become the norm, I traveled both virtually and in person. Enjoy my travel 2023, year in review, as I continue to broaden my horizon with new places to explore.

Parliament Buildings in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria: The Enchanting Pearl of British Columbia

One port of call aboard the Discovery Princess from Vancouver to Los Angeles was Greater Victoria. I have visited Victoria, BC, several times before. The city has fond memories for me. As a child, my family vacationed at Shawnigan Lake in British Columbia. The trip always included a stop in Victoria. In the early 1970s,

Y by Yoshiki

Under The Sky With Y By Yoshiki

A child prodigy at the piano becomes the rage of Japan and the most influential composer in the country’s history. His pursuit of music, from classical to rock, has given him many opportunities not just as a musician, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker. Yoshiki Hayashi has pursued his interest with a clothing line but now has

Flora Springs Holiday Cabernet Sauvignon

Enjoying Holiday Cabernet Sauvignon with Flora Springs

Let’s get into the festive Christmas spirit with red wine. Flora Springs, Napa Valley, celebrates the season with their holiday Cabernet Sauvignon. These special etched bottles are a keepsake. It is the perfect gift for the Cabernet lover, as I discovered a very Christmassy wine with rich fruit. History of Flora Springs Understanding the background

Wine of the Sea

Wine Of The Sea: A Gift From The Adriatic

Recently, I discovered a unique gift for the wine lover who has everything. Gifting someone a bottle from Wine of the Sea is an excellent holiday option. The premise is the wine ages in the sea for six months to a year, depending on the variety. In this case, the wines aged in the Adriatic.

Stone Ashe View - Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail

Explore North Carolina’s Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail

Located just outside Hendersonville lies the Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail. Seven wineries make up the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA and wine trail. I visited five of the seven. This area’s attraction lies not only with its wineries but within the entire Henderson County, the city of Henderson, its art, restaurants,

Thanksgiving 2023 - Pumpkins and Sunflowers in Solvang

Thanksgiving 2023: Four Red Wines For Your Holiday Feast

Thanksgiving 2023 is upon us, and as we prepare to share our menu with family and friends, we begin to think about the best Thanksgiving wine to serve with our feast. This year, I am leaning towards a lighter-bodied red wine that complements turkey but does not overpower the meal. Here are four wines I

Welcome to Dewlson Family Farm

Dewlson Family Farm: Central Coast Coffee and Tea

When I think of Santa Maria Valley, I visualize Santa Maria-style barbeque and the excellent wine, especially pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, that thrive in the area. I never thought that Santa Maria Valley would be known for its Central Coast Coffee and tea. Visiting Dewlson Family Farm, I discovered that coffee is a novelty

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