Mission San Luis Obispo © Cori Solomon

Discover San Luis Obispo

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along Highway 101, lies the Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo. A city that is increasing in popularity partly due to its agricultural roots giving way to grape growing, expanding the city’s desirability for fine dining and wine tasting. There is more to San Louis Obispo than … Read more

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 … Read more

Hoopes Vineyard Photo Courtesy Samantha Edwardes

Hoopes Vineyard: Regenerative Agriculture At Its Best

Hoopes Vineyard has come a long way from its beginnings in the 1980s. Now in its 2nd generation of farming and growing grapes with Lindsay Hoopes at the helm, she has steered the winery and vineyard down a path excelling in regenerative agriculture. Like the winery’s journey, Lindsay has traveled down an unusual route that … Read more

Caprio Cellars Patio View ©Cori Solomon

Caprio Cellars: A Distinct Wine Tasting Experience

When it came to creating his winery, Caprio Cellars‘, Dennis Murphy travels down a different path to make the wine tasting experience unique and exceptional. It starts as you drive up to the winery and see the architectural design of the building’s façade situated so that there is a magnificent view of the Walla Walla … Read more

Panoramic View of Utopia Vineyards © Cori Solomon

Utopia Vineyards: The Best of Ribbon Ridge AVA

The smallest AVA in Oregon is Ribbon Ridge. The AVA. consists of about 5.25 miles with approximately 500 acres of vineyards located on the northeast side of the Chehalem Mountains. It is contained within the Chehalem Mountains AVA. and consists of 34 vineyards and ten wineries. Ribbon Ridge earned its designation in 2005. The most … Read more

Switchback Ridge Wines - Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card

Grand Reserve Wine Credit Card Meets Switchback Ridge

What do the Grand Reserve Rewards, a World Mastercard wine credit card, and Switchback Ridge Wine have in common? Grand Reserve Rewards gives you points toward specific wine-oriented products and experiences. Switchback Ridge is one of the winery participates partnering with this credit card. This wine credit card caters to the wine enthusiast and fine … Read more

Garagiste Wine Festival

Garagiste Wine Festival Hits Los Angeles

For those that live in and around Los Angeles, my favorite wine tasting event, Garagiste Wine Festival Urban Exposure takes place on June 22nd at the Glendale Auditorium. I prefer this festival because I love to discover the new small boutique wineries that are trying to make a name for themselves. Typically it is their … Read more

Stars of Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Stars of Napa Valley: Presenting the best of Cabernet Sauvignon

In terms of wine, it was a star-studded event as there were many new shining wine faces to meet at Stars of Napa Valley, a wine tasting put on by WineLA. The tasting mostly featured red wines from Napa with a concentration on Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley Wineries Although I love to visit my old … Read more

La Jolla Coastline

Weekend Escape to La Jolla and San Diego

Southern California has many places that merit a visit for a weekend getaway. One location to consider is La Jolla with its exquisite coastline, breathtaking ocean views and proximity to San Diego, Visiting one enjoys both the best of this hilly seaside town and the attractions of San Diego itself. Recently I explored La Jolla … Read more

Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Stars of Cabernet: Highlighting the best of Cabernet Sauvignon

This year’s WineLA event,  Stars of Cabernet had more meaning than usual. After the devastating wildfires hit Northern California especially wine country, it amazed me to see the turn out of wineries producing Cabernet Sauvignon participating from those ravaged areas. Supporting these efforts to help victims of those fires, the silent auction benefitted Habitat for … Read more

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