A Passion For Dogs, Wine, And Travel Through The Experiences of Cori Solomon

Santa Barbara County Red Wines

A glimpse at Santa Barbara wine country

Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of California’s hidden secrets. If you live in Los Angeles, it is an easy picturesque drive. Sometimes I feel like highway 101 is just pulling my car towards the Central Coast on its own. As I make the turn from the coast, drive through the tunnel and ascend into

Bedell Cellars First Crush Red

Bedell Cellars First Crush Red: A wine that draws from art

What is in a wine label like First Crush? A wine label can draw you in making an impression visually that could inspire you to purchase a bottle of wine. It can tell a story that the winery or winemaker wants to share. In most cases, it is a symbol that makes you recognized that

Illuminare Wines

Illuminare Winery: Shedding The Light On Red Wine

Ever since discovering the wines of El Dorado County, I have been drawn to the region. One winery that came up on the radar after a media tour in 2013 is Illuminare Winery. What struck me about Illuminare’s red wine was its rich balance, elegance, and consistency. There is an opulent quality to every varietal

Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award

Toby: A blind dog’s journey – Maxwell Award Winner

This article about a winery service dog who became blind won a Maxwell Award in the 2014 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America.  Cori received the Maxwell Medallion as well as a Certificate of Nomination for excellence in the category of Online Article – Any Other Topic.  The awards were presented

Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding, but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in their own right, and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising

Pere Ventura Cavas

Pere Ventura Cava: Bringing out the heart and soul of Spanish Cava

Thinking about the best sparkling wines to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, I remember my luncheon at Il Grano where I sampled Cava from Pere Ventura. These sparkling wines are ideally suited to toast the day with your loved one. Meeting the charismatic Pere Ventura Vendrell makes one understand why these wines are so befitting to

Roccafiore Winery

Roccafiore Winery: A passion for life with wine

A love of his native land was what brought Leonardo Baccarelli to purchase the property that is now Roccafiore Winery in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, situated in Umbria. The wines from this region are outstanding, and the wines from this winery are a true testament of what can be produced in

Newton Vineyards

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces, and those, in turn, form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is a mystique behind the vineyard and every vine until each vintage comes to full fruition. In the case of Newton Vineyard, the puzzle has many

Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana. Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker, and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery located in

Pearl: Search and Rescue Dog - ASPCA Dog of the Year

ASPCA Dog of the Year: Search and Rescue Dog Pearl – DWA Nominee

This article about search and rescue dog Pearl, a black Labrador Retriever, and her handler Ron Horetski of the Search Dog Foundation was one of three finalists to compete for a Maxwell Medallion Award in the 2011 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Certificate of Nomination for excellence

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