Summit Lake Vineyards Wines

Howell Mountain: The Apex of Summit Lake Vineyards

One has to ask what the term summit means? Is it the top of the mountain? Is it the peak of one’s accomplishments in life? The meaning for Summit Lake Vineyards encompasses both those meanings. The winery’s location almost at the top of Howell Mountain, 2000 feet speaks for itself. Owner Bob Brakesman was one … Read more

Flambeaux Wine

Flambeaux Wine: The Best of Dry Creek Valley

Carrying the torch from New Orleans, the Murray family brings their legacy to the Dry Creek Valley with their Flambeaux Wine. They keep their roots in both places. In New Orleans, it is law at both the state and federal level, especially environmental law, but in Sonoma, they plant their roots in the vineyard to … Read more

Walla Walla Wine L'Ecole

L’Ecole No 41: Pioneering Walla Walla Wine

A pioneering family helped establish the Washington Wine industry and Walla Walla as a prime wine region.  Foresight is the foundation of this family’s legacy. Not only are the Ferguson’s a fixture in the wine business, but their ancestors established the Baker Boyer Bank in 1869 in Walla Walla, making it the oldest bank in … Read more

Best Wine 2020

Year In Review: Best Wine 2020

As a wine writer, 2020 took on a different significance in terms of wine tasting.  You might say enjoying a bottle of wine brought us to a happier place.  The 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 … Read more

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Primus Wine: The Best Of The Colchagua Valley & Maipo Valley

I first sampled Primus wines in 2016 while under the stewardship of a different winemaker. At the time, I sampled the 2014 vintage of The Blend and the Cabernet Sauvignon. It is interesting to see how a winemaker’s influence makes a difference in the wine and its style. I could see the difference in these … Read more

Switchback Ridge Wines - Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card

Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card Meets Switchback Ridge

What do the Grand Reserve Rewards, a World Mastercard wine credit card, and Switchback Ridge Wine have in common? Grand Reserve Rewards gives you points toward specific wine-oriented products and experiences. Switchback Ridge is one of the winery participates partnering with this credit card. This wine credit card caters to the wine enthusiast and fine … Read more

Long Meadow Ranch Wines

Long Meadow Ranch: Full Circle Farming At Its Best

Long Meadow Ranch is a pioneer in the concept of full circle farming.  This notion plays a vital role in every aspect of their enterprise. This family-owned agricultural estate grows grapes, olives, fruits, and vegetables produces wine and olive oil as well as raises cattle, sheep, and chickens. Combining organic and sustainable practices to achieve … Read more

Memorial Day 2020 Red Wine

Memorial Day 2020: Honoring Ten Red Wines

As Memorial Day 2020 approaches, although most of us are sheltering in place, we can still enjoy a barbeque and open a nice bottle of red wine, even with friends, if respect social distancing. Whether you barbeque chicken, hamburgers, or a steak, you chose from an excellent selection of wine to brighten the Day as … Read more

Temecula Winery Chapin Family Vineyards Wine

Temecula: Discovering the Red Varieties of Chapin Family Vineyards

My last excursion to visit a winery before the sheltering in place went into effect in Los Angeles took me for a day to Temecula to visit Chapin Family Vineyards. What makes Chapin stand out is the Italian varieties they produce. Although Chapin focuses on red wine and two that are unusual for Temecula, Montepulciano, … Read more

DAOU Family Estates Soul of the Lion Cabernet Sauvignon

Soul of the Lion: The Story of DAOU Estate’s Outstanding Wine

The thrill for a wine writer is the ability to sample an exceptionally outstanding wine, but often the story behind compels me to compose the article. In the case of DAOU Family Estates, the biographical history behind the wine Soul of the Lion drew me to write this piece. Although this wine is extraordinary, it … Read more

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