Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Ribera Y Rueda: Exploring Tempranillo and Verdejo wines

Spain has many different wine regions. For many of us in the United States, some of the regions we might say are off the beaten path. Two not as well-known areas in northern Spain are Rueda, recognized for its white varietals, especially Verdejo and Ribera del Duero, where Tempranillo is predominately grown. Although these regions

Ocean Prime Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added

Mueller Serving Röbller Wine

Röbller Vineyard Winery: Enjoying a day in Missouri Wine Country

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach with some nuances

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The Willows: Fine dining at its best

The Willows at the Chumash Casino is one of those very special dining experiences. One would think the restaurant would have the same bustle and environment of a gambler’s paradise, being located in the casino.  Contrary, The Willows Restaurant does not; it is Santa Ynez Valley’s best-kept secret. Named for the willow trees located around

Brian Champlin and Cynthia Miranda at Succulent Cafe

From The Abyss to the Frying Pan Brian Champlin Finds Life

Brian Champlin is like a cat with nine lives. Going through two near-death experiences that he survived to tell about and discovering his real calling in life has made him a better person, giving him the chance to explore the culinary arts and become the passionate chef and restaurant owner he is today. Life In

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