Spanish Winery Vega Sicilia © Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia: Behind the Scenes of this Spanish Winery

The Álvarez family celebrates 40 years of owning Tempos Vega Sicilia, one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain. Over the years, the winery holdings have grown, yet they still produce some of the top wines in Spain and the world. It all started in 1982 when David Álvarez purchased the estate. Tempos Vega Sicilia … Read more

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza ©La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta: Fusing The Past With The Present

La Rioja Alta is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja. Five families established La Rioja Alta in 1890. By 1904 the winery merged with the Ardanza Winery. Today four wineries make up the La Rioja Alta brand, and each represents a distinct wine region.  They are La Rioja Alta, S.A. in Rioja Alta, Torre … Read more

Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an … Read more

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine - Autumn

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Revel in Spanish Luxury

Today wine travel is an all-encompassing experience. Many wineries are not just a location but a destination that includes accommodation, restaurant, and winery. In Spain, one place that offers a unique opportunity for a European wine adventure is Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine. Recently I attended a wine tasting luncheon with Enrique Valero, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine’s CEO. … Read more

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: … Read more

Celebrating International Tempranillo Day with Arinzano

Celebrate International Tempranillo Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017, is International Tempranillo Day. Why not celebrate this Spanish grape by having your favorite Tempranillo. Questioning what to drink on this day, check out my suggestions. Tempranillo day was organized by TAPAS, Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society in 2011, as a way to celebrate this indigenous Spanish grape that usually … Read more

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta: Celebrating Viña Ardanza

One of the most notable wineries in the Rioja Alta Region of Spain is La Rioja Alta. In commemoration of the winery’s 75th anniversary of the Viña Ardanza wines, the winery visited several American cities presenting some of their current releases along with a vertical tasting. One city, Los Angeles, La Rioja Alta’s superb wines, … Read more

Arínzano: Presenting Navarra Wines in the best light

Recently I joined a twitter wine tasting showcasing the incredible wines of Arínzano, a winery located in the Navarra Do region of Spain. The wines sampled were their Hacienda de Arínzano Rosé and Chardonnay. Arínzano is the first winery in Northern Spain and the Navarra DO region to receive the Pago classification. A Pago is … Read more

Red Wines

Great red wines to enjoy any time of the year

Like most people, I usually prefer to drink red wines, but on occasion, a good white or Rosé is an easy substitute, especially in the summertime. Therefore, before the season changes to more summery wines, I want to share some of my recent red wine finds that were impressionable enough to make this list. Spanish … Read more

The wines of Cantara Cellar, Camarillo, CA

Cantara Cellars: A hidden winery gem in Camarillo

A spur of the moment detour ended up with a wonderful winery find. My husband and I were at the Camarillo outlets shopping for some incidentals for my daughter’s upcoming wedding when we decided to end our day with a stop to the Cantara Cellars, a Camarillo winery. Mike Brown, winemaker/owner, has been making wine … Read more

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