Newport Beach Wine Tasting

Newport Beach Wine Tasting: Wines of Artisan Uprising

I first met Billy Vondrasek in 2015 when he and his brother David presented their Artisan Uprising wine to LA Wine Writers. Now eight years later, I am still impressed with the caliber of wine the boys, as I call them, produce. There have been many changes over the years since I saw them last.

Limestones at Finca Piedra de Fuego - Pyros Wines

Pyros Wines: Elevating Argentina’s Pedernal Valley

When I consider the wines of Argentina, I think of the three regions of Mendoza, including the Maipu Valley, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valley, in addition to Salta. I thought I was well versed regarding Argentina’s wine regions until I discovered Pyros Wines, located in the relatively unknown region of Valle de Pedernal. Valle

Secreto De Viu Manent Father's Day Chilean Red Wine © Cori Solomon

Father’s Day 2022: Celebrating With Chilean Red Wine

Father’s Day 2022 is just around the corner, and when I think of celebrating our fathers, I think of an afternoon or early evening barbecue with hamburgers, grilled chicken, or a juicy steak. I am thinking of pairing hearty Chilean red wine with a fathers’ day meal this year. Here are some Father’s Day wine

Domaine Bousquet Alavida Kosher Wine Malbec

Enjoy Kosher Wine with Domaine Bousquet Alavida Malbec

What is in a name? In wine speak, it means a lot. It can tell us what is inside the bottle. Welcome to the latest wine from Domaine Bousquet, Alavida but pronounced A La Vida, To Life! It is unique from other Domaine Bousquet wines because it serves a dual purpose. It is a kosher

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

Bodegas Caro Amancaya - Best Malbec

Five Best Malbec for Malbec World Day

It’s that time of the year when we make an extra effort to enjoy Malbec. On April 17th, we celebrate Malbec World Day 2021 as we try to discover the best Malbec. Whether you drink Malbec Argentino or Malbec from another part of the world, we lift our glasses and toast the grape, the country

Malbec Argentino Colome

Argentinian Malbec: Celebrating the Malbec Grape

Malbec World Day is just around the corner, and although celebrating has a different connotation in the days of a pandemic, one thing that has not been taken away from us is wine, the ability to buy good wine and savor its nuances. We can still pick up an Argentinian  Malbec wine and enjoy a

Malbecs from Argentina

Malbec World Day: Celebrating Malbecs from Argentina

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, we celebrate Malbec World Day. It is a day to celebrate Malbecs from Argentina. Malbec World Day comes from the Spanish words “ Mundial de Malbec,” which means “Malbec throughout the world.” However, the best way to honor this day is with a glass of your favorite Malbec whether it

Trivento Eolo Malbec

Trivento Eolo: Old Vine Malbec at its Best

Sipping the Trivento 2014 Eolo Malbec, I am reminded of the first time I sampled the Eolo while visiting the winery in 2013.  At the time, I tasted the 2009 and my favorite wine of my visit that day.  Much like the first time I sampled the wine, I feel it is still the most

Larry Gilman Donna Mills Mandeville Canyon Winery Mandeville Vineyards

Discovering Mandeville Vineyards in Mandeville Canyon

Sometimes, we find wonderfully exceptional things in the most unlikely places. Take, for example, the passion of the wine lover who decides to grow grapes in his backyard in the city like those grown in Mandeville Canyon. Many winemakers start by growing grapes at home. Not everyone can do it successfully because the climate can

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