Prima Materia Lake County Wines

Prima Materia: Bringing Italy to Lake County

California Wine Month is the perfect time to showcase boutique wineries that strive to do something different, setting the winery or the winemaker apart from others. One such winery is Prima Materia because owner/winemaker Pietro Buttitta shows us how to grow Italian grape varieties in Lake County. Pietro Buttitta Pietro is a self-taught winemaker, but … Read more

Pfeiffer Winery

Lane County Winery: Highlighting Pfeiffer Winery

Driving from Eugene to Junction City to discover another Lane County winery, Pfeiffer Winery, I noticed the location was next door to a winery I had visited in 2018 on a media trip to the Willamette Valley. The winery was Antiquum Farm, where the cycles of life frame Stephen Hagen’s farming philosophies. The sheep and … Read more

Abruzzo - Pettorano sul Gizio @Chris Cutler

Abruzzo: Getting To Know The Pecorino Grape

One of the highlights of the Wine Media Conference was learning about Abruzzo and the Pecorino grape. Abruzzo is a region in the southern portion of Italy, approximately 80 miles east of Rome. It borders on another wine region, Marche just to the north and the Adriatic Sea on the east. Spanning from the Apennine … Read more


Ron Rubin: Saving Lives Through Wine Philanthropy

Most wineries partake in wine philanthropy, but some go above and beyond the call of duty. In my experience, I found most give a percentage of their proceeds from a particular wine to their favorite charity, but one winery Ron Rubin Winery in the Russian River Valley does something very unique. They donate defibrillators to … Read more

Enriquez Estate Winery Vineyard

Enriquez Estate Wines: Highlighting Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Coast Wine

In 2014, I first encountered Enriquez Estate Wines during a Sonoma wine tasting event. I discovered the winery by chance because owner/winemaker Cecilia Enriquez served Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Association wines. I happened upon Cecilia’s table because it was not crowded like others. During my discussion, at the time Cecilia mentioned that she makes a Tempranillo … 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

Finger Lakes Keuka Lake and Vineyard ©Luke Petromec

The Enchantment Of The Finger Lakes

Often there are ties with locations that we never thought connected us to a place. I have dreamed of visiting the Finger Lakes for quite some time. Before travel writing, I wrote about pets. I received emails about the Grapehounds Wine Tour, dog adoption, and wine tasting event in the Finger Lakes. When I branched … Read more

Sixmilebridge Vineyards

Sixmilebridge: Highlighting Bordeaux Style Blends

A visit to Sixmilebridge Vineyards is a must when visiting Paso Robles. Located in the Peachy Canyon corridor, the winey features small-batch estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux style blends. The blends make Sixmilebridge stand out because they speak to the place, which once you arrive, you will know why the terroir is so special. Jim … Read more

Spring Mountain District Above the Fog © Smith-Madrone

Smith-Madrone: The Best of Spring Mountain District

As a pioneer of the Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley, Stuart Smith has seen many changes over the years. He took an entrepreneurial leap in 1971 when at age 22 years old, he purchased the 200-acre property on Spring Mountain. From its beginning to the present day, it has been a challenging endeavor, but … Read more

Day Trip to Santa Barbar and Beyond Sea Smoke Vineyard Vista

Day Trip to Santa Barbara And Beyond

Living in West Los Angeles, there is nothing like a day trip up the coast to Santa Barbara and beyond, especially when you feel the need to get out of dodge, so to speak. The drive is easy because the distance to Santa Barbara is 1.5 hours and another 35 minutes to Highway 246, which … Read more