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

Aridus Tasting Room Wilcox © Aridus Wine Co

Discover Arizona Winery Aridus Wine Company

From the vineyard to the winery, innovation to traditional style, Lisa Strid does it all as winemaker of Arizona Winery Aridus Wine Company in the Willcox AVA. She is the backbone of both the winery and custom crush facility. Her goal is to “usher the grape from vine to bottle.” Scott and Joan Dahmer purchased

AOC Ventoux ©Norman Kergoat

Ventoux AOC: Rhone Valley’s Hidden Gem

One mountain defines a wine region by creating a distinct microclimate with altitude and freshness to the wines and combats global warming by sheltering the region with a cooler climate. Mont Ventoux is the backbone of the Ventoux AOC, and the AOC is a rising star in the Rhone Valley. It is a wine gem

Alma Sol Winery Tasting Room © Cori Solomon

Alma Sol Winery: Defining Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The sun is essential for growing grapes, and it is the soul of the winemaker’s passion that creates the fine wine from those grapes. Naming their winery, Alma Sol, John, and Lisa Shaw’s interpretation of the meaning comes through with each sip of their wine. This attribute is especially true with their perception of Paso

Holiday Wine Gifts - L'Ecole

Sharing Holiday Wine Gifts

As the holidays loom, sharing holiday wine is the gift of the season. Every winery has its own concept of wine gifts. As a wine lover, wine gifting and receiving becomes a nice way to end the year. This year I received a wonderful gift from L’Ecole No 41. For the past year, I have

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.

Camins 2 Dreams-In the Vineyards © Craft and Cluster

Camins 2 Dreams: Highlighting the path to Grüner Veltliner and Syrah

As we follow the path of life, our journeys enrich us through the people we meet, the places we visit, and even the wine we taste. Recently, visiting with Tara Gomez and Mireia Taribo Tena and learning about their Camins 2 Dreams winery, you know their love of wine, and each other has led them

Cameron Douglas with New Zealand Wine

NZ Wine Navigator: Elevating the bar on New Zealand Wine

When we think of New Zealand wine most American’s are familiar with the big wineries that make their way to the United States, but many do not realize an effort is being made to bring notoriety to some small boutique wineries. One company forging the way to make these wineries known to us is NZ

French Rose Wine

Enjoying French Rosé Wine

There is something about a French Rosé Wine that speaks of France. In most cases, they are different than Spanish or American Rosés. Often the Rosés are lighter in color especially the ones for Côtes de Provence. The aromas are also unique to the region, especially the Côtes de Provence, known for their distinct aromas

Holiday Wines 2017

Seven holiday wines to consider this season

Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner. As you decide what to wine to serve with your holiday dinner, here are some suggestions for holiday wines. All merit a seat at any dinner table and represent many countries throughout the world. White Holiday Wines I love to discover new varieties, and Italy always

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