Discovery Princess

Discovery Princess: 360 An Extraordinary Experience

Life is about immersing yourself in extraordinary encounters. For those of you who enjoy cruises, Princess Cruises has one of those memorable experiences. The Van Gogh and Claude Monet Immersive Experience enhanced your sense of sight as you viewed the exceptional works of both artists. Add in your other senses of taste, smell, and touch

Sella & Mosca Coastline © Sella & Mosca

Sella & Mosca: The best of Sardinian Wine

The name Sella & Mosca is synonymous with Sardinian Wine. They are the largest producer of wine in Sardinia. Because Spain governed Sardinia for many years, its winemaking and many grape varieties are influenced by Catalans. Sardinia lies between Corsica and Sicily. The island’s conditions with its craggy mountains, rough landscape and the climatic influences

Abruzzo - Pettorano sul Gizio @Chris Cutler

Abruzzo: Getting To Know The Pecorino Grape

One of the highlights of the Wine Media Conference was learning about Abruzzo and the Pecorino grape. Abruzzo is a region in the southern portion of Italy, approximately 80 miles east of Rome. It borders on another wine region, Marche just to the north and the Adriatic Sea on the east. Spanning from the Apennine

Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo

Travaglini Gattinara: Nebbiolo At Its Best

Often there is something besides the wine that attracts us to a particular winery. As I sit and reminisce about tastings in the past, I think about when Cinzia and Alessia Travaglini were in Los Angeles for a tasting of the family’s Nebbiolo wine. It was the unique bottle shape that stood out to beckon

Summertime Wine

Summertime Wine: Delight In These Five Wines

As summer progresses and we enjoy Al Fresco dinner and barbecues here are five summertime wine suggestions with an international flair. This selection will take you to Argentina, Spain, and Italy. Summertime Wine – White Of late, I find myself very intrigued by the wines from Domaine Bousquet. Bousquet’s grapes are grown organically and they

Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

The winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter, when I have hearty

Wines from Lugana DOC

Lugana: Discover Italy’s Hidden White Wine Gem

Lugana plays a significant role in Italian wine history. The region was the first in Italy to obtain its DOC designation in 1967. Situated on the lower portion of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the wine region embodies two provinces, Brescia and Verona, and two regions, Lombardy and Veneto. Furthermore, this area is strictly known

Dante Bernardis and Valneo Livon

Livon Family: Experiencing Wines of Collio, Tuscany and Umbria

The Italian winemaking family typically involves a legacy of generations, an inherent passion for wine, and insatiable love of the land where they grew up. Today many of these families are spreading their influence to encompass several different wine regions. This expansion often includes creating either a resort or a unique destination for wine enthusiasts

Cecchi Riserva Di Famigli Chianti Classico Riserva

Cecchi: A family’s affinity with Chianti and more

I discovered Cecchi Family Estates while traveling in Tuscany last year. I visited their Val Delle Rose Winery in Maremma. Unbeknownst to me at the time; the Cecchi  family planted some of the first vineyards in Maremma, thus established themselves as pioneers in the area. Fast-forward to May of 2017; luckily I am invited to

View from the Terenzi to Scansano

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery. Beauty has been part of the Terenzi legacy for some time. It began with cosmetics and eventually turned into the beauty of the land the family owns near Scansano in Maremma. It is also the beauty of the grapes and

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