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.

Labor Day 2020 Wine

Labor Day 2020: Four Wines to Enhance a Barbecue

As Labor Day 2020 comes our way, I think of a day spent with family and friends. On this day, Americans typically enjoy a barbeque with some wine. I think of red wine with this type of meal. To celebrate your Labor Day 2020, here are four Italian red wine suggestions to make your meal

Awen Winecraft Boutique Winery Rogue Valley

Awen Winecraft: A Boutique Winery Highlighting the Rogue Valley

Inspiration brought Sean Hopkins and Tom Homewood together. Since they both came from a background in technology and enjoyed writing and playing music, they were destined to come together to form their winery, Awen Winecraft, a boutique winery situated in the Rogue Valley. Awen, the Name Awen is a Celtic word that means poetic inspiration.

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

Autumn Wine

It’s the season for Autumn Wine

As the vineyard’s leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange, we know autumn is in our midst. The food on our table begins to change to a heartier cuisine. Thus it becomes time to consider the best Autumn wine to complement our meal. Here is a selection of autumn wine to grace your table:

Luce Vertical Wine Tasting

Luce: Defining old and new world winemaking in Montalcino

When traveling, we never know the impressions a particular place will have on each of us. Sometimes our awareness pops up months after we return. Last fall, I traveled to Italy and visited Montalcino. I walked the charming village and visited a nearby Abbey and winery, but the true impact of this scenic spot did

Summer Wines 2017

Nine summer wines to enjoy this season

We are now in the full swing of summer and I want to share those wonderful whites and Rosés that go so well with summer fare. We must also not forget about the reds that complement our favorite summertime dinner pastime, the barbecue. Reds and Rosés are great with grilled meats. A refreshing white wine

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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