Parable Winery New Napa Winery

New Napa Winery: Parable Wines

March 2024 marked the opening of a new Napa winery. Parable Wines, a father-and-son venture, opened its doors in picturesque Calistoga. Fred Eppright, an Austin, Texas, businessman in commercial real estate, and his son, Trey, are setting their sights high, promising a wine experience bound to captivate. Trey became interested in wine at the age

Moraga Bel Air Winery

Moraga Bel Air Winery: A Hidden Gem in Los Angeles

There are some hidden gems in Los Angeles that even locals have no clue about. I have run into two of these treasures this past year. One is the Fredrick Weisman Foundation in Holmby Hills, and the other is Moraga Bel Air Vineyard and Winery. Both are situated on residential streets, obscured behind gates. These

Santa Maria Wines of Rancho de Ontiveros

Santa Maria Wines: The Legacy of Ranchos de Ontiveros

This article is an excerpt from an article on Santa Maria wines I wrote for Wander with Wander in November. The article takes us on a journey through the generations of the Ontiveros family who helped develop the Santa Maria Valley. The history of Santa Maria involves the story of the Ontiveros family, the Ranchos

Switchback Ridge Wine

Switchback Ridge Wine: Paving A Legacy in Calistoga

The history of Switchback Ridge wine is the story of the oldest continuously owned winery in Calistoga and on the Silverado Trail. The Petersons legacy chronicles the Napa Valley region from the early 1900s to the present day. It also reveals some of the first women in wine and their role in sustaining a vineyard

Wines From Campania

Wines From Campania Are Highlighted At Campania Unveiled

Campania Unveiled was the theme of a winetasting and masterclass offered by IACCW, Italy-American Chamber of Commerce West. From the scenic landscapes of Southern Italy, Campania beckons us with its culinary delights and unique winemaking that has been around for centuries. From the exquisite coastlines of Amalfi, Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Salerno, and Sorrento to the

Napa Valley Winery Eleven Eleven Wines

The Unique Story of Napa Valley Winery Eleven Eleven Wines

Wine is about taking in the moment to make your moment memorable. It becomes part of the winetasting experience and the significance of winemaking. In the case of Napa Valley winery Eleven Eleven Wines, it represents a flash in time when one has the opportunity to enjoy their wine. This theme represents the meaning behind

Weekend Escape to Solvang CA

Weekend Escape to Solvang, CA

If you want a change of scenery, enjoying a weekend escape to Solvang, CA, offers a fantastic option with its Danish flair, good wine, and burgeoning dining scene. My recent visit included tasting wine at Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, dining at the Michelin Plate restaurant First & Oak, and staying at the Mirabelle Inn. This same

Notre Vue Vineyards sunset

Notre Vue Estate: Spectacular Views Enhance The Wine

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

Newport Beach Wine Tasting

Newport Beach Wine Tasting: Wines of Artisan Uprising

I first met Billy Vondrasek in 2015 when he and his brother David presented their Artisan Uprising wine to LA Wine Writers. Now eight years later, I am still impressed with the caliber of wine the boys, as I call them, produce. There have been many changes over the years since I saw them last.

Ehlers Estate Winery and Vineyard

Ehlers Estate: Where Old-world Traditions Meet New-world Concepts

From a dying vineyard in the 1800s, Ehlers Estate in St. Helena has transformed into a renowned winery encompassing the legacy of Jean and Sylviane Leducq and their Leducq Foundation, as well as their predecessors, Bernard and Anne Ehlers. For Laura Diaz Munoz, General Manager and winemaker, the estate exemplifies a dream come true. The

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