Loire Valley Cabernet Franc Wines

Explore Loire Valley Cabernet Franc with Bloom Big

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a tasting where I revisited the Loire Valley during an evening dinner event at The Gardens Rooftop at Petit Ermitage called Go On! Bloom Big, Explore the Loire Valley’s Cabernet Franc. My first encounter with Loire Valley Wines was in 2019 for Spring Into Loire Valley Wines. At

Tasting room View of Vineyards at Steven Kent Winery Livermore Valley Winery

Steven Kent Winery: The Best Livermore Valley Winery

A wine family legacy typically continues from generation to generation. Still, what happens when you come from a well-known wine family and want to pursue a new direction forward? Take the Mirassou family, who established their winery in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1800s. Sixth-generation Steven Mirassou comes from a long-standing family in the

Larner Vineyard in Ballard Canyon AVA

Ballard Canyon AVA Defines Larner Vineyard And Winery

It takes many people to establish an AVA. One man, Michael Larner, was instrumental in getting the Ballard Canyon AVA off the ground. Michael’s background, love of wine, and his family vineyard, Larner Vineyard and Winery, all played a part in establishing one of the smallest AVAs in Santa Barbara County. Ballard Canyon AVA Established

Ehlers Estate Winery and Vineyard

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

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

Labor Day 2021 Red Wine Domaine Bousquet Gran Malbec

Red Wine to Spice up your Labor Day 2021

Labor Day signifies the end of summer, al fresco dining, and barbeques. As we say goodbye to summer, we often ponder which red wine will go best as a send-off of the season. Here are my Labor Day 2021 red wine selections to help celebrate the holiday barbeque fanfare. Labor Day 2021 Pinot Noir Landmark

Best Red Wine

Five Best Red Wine for 2021

Moving into spring, let us take one last look at this winter’s best red wine for 2021. These wines can go with a hearty stew, a steak, lamb, or even pork. Many of these wines are suitable for any time of the year as they have the versatility to lend themselves to a lighter fare.

Best Wine 2020

Year In Review: Best Wine 2020

As a wine writer, 2020 took on a different significance regarding wine tasting.  You might say enjoying a bottle of wine brought us to a happier place.  Virtual wine tasting was the norm and still will be in 2021.  Wine get-togethers with friends are now virtual.  Looking back at the wine I sip throughout the

Dracaena Cabernet Franc

Dracaena Cabernet Franc: The Best in Cab Franc

Cabernet Franc Day, December 4th, has come and gone. However, the wine Dracaena Cabernet Franc Classic and Reserve I enjoyed during a Grand Reserve Rewards Wine Tasting for this special day are still available. Owners Lori and Michael Budd would be excited for you to experience and learn why they love Cabernet Franc so much.

Loire Valley Wines

Spring into Loire Valley Wines

The diversity of grape varieties is one of the best ways to describe Loire Valley wines.  Spring to Loire 2019 presented a trade tasting with three seminars led by Matthew Kaner, focused on France’s most diverse wine region.  Not only does one find diversity of grapes in the region but diversity of the climate and

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