The Primus Room - Bodegas Salentein @Cori Solomon

IFWTWA Photo Contest Awards

I am pleased to say that in 2021 two of my photos won awards in the 2021 IFWTWA photo contest. I received 1st place in the winery category with my photo entitle Primus Room Bodegas Salentein. I also received an Honorable mention in the bottles and glasses category with my photo Bottle of Pinot Noir … 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

Dierberg Star Lane Winery

Dierberg Star Lane Winery: A Family’s Legacy

In 2011 I first visited the Dierberg Star Lane Winery winemaking facility. At the time, I was duly impressed with the grandeur of this iconic property. Several years after that visit, I traveled back to Hermann, Missouri, to observe Dierberg’s other production house and the philanthropy Jim Dierberg extended in revitalizing the history and the … Read more

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

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Redefining Rodney Strong Wines

As September and California Wine Month come to a close, one winery deserves the honor of being recognized as a pioneer and leader in sustainability while pushing forward with an innovative mindset. That winery Rodney Strong Vineyards played an essential role in establishing Sonoma County. Observing the growth and alterations made over the years becomes … 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


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

Sixmilebridge Wine Tasting Room

Sixmilebridge Testimonial

I received this testimonial from Jim Moroney, the owner of Sixmilebridge Vineyards in the Peachy Canyon Corridor, Adelaida District AVA, Paso Robles. A  big “thank you” for such a wonderful article on Sixmilebridge.  I am not sure there is a storyline you didn’t touch upon or a nuance you missed. It is a remarkably complete … Read more