The best way to describe Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards is “Forever Wild.” This term describes the breathtaking view of the 710 acres of vineyards and protected open space in Sonoma County. From the gently rolling hills of the vineyards to the natural beauty of the nature preserve, these views captured the fancy of
On a recent visit to South Willamette Valley, I discovered Iris Vineyards. The winery’s production facility is located in Cottage Grove, but Iris’s tasting room is situated about 20 minutes from both Cottage Grove and Eugene. The drive is well worth the visit because of the spectacular views. Perched atop a knoll, the tasting room
It takes a balancing act to oversee the 50 different wines that compose the portfolio of Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, a Solvang winery, but winemaker Megan McGrath Gates does it with panache. It began as a friendship in 1975 between Louis Lucas, a viticulturist, and Royce Lewellen, a Superior Court Judge, and moved on
Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It
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.
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
Wine is music to Ralph Hertelendy’s ears. Coming from a background that includes Hungarian and Slovakian heritage and from a family that is still very involved in classical music. Today, Ralph’s Hertelendy Vineyards enchants you with a chorus that sings high and low notes of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and focuses on a bold, elegant
Yearning to discover a new winery can be the most intriguing part of attending a wine tasting, and this year’s Stars of Cabernet, presented by WineLA, provided an opportunity to experience some superb wines from wineries not yet on Written Palette’s radar. There were six wineries that made an impression, along with one old favorite.
For Erick Allen, the process of winemaking is about the blend. Starting Ascension Cellars in 2008 was about accentuating his blending forte of both the Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. It is Erick’s passion for this process that makes his wines truly exceptional. Erick’s success in winemaking comes from not only his blending prowess but also