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

Loire Valley Cabernet Franc Wines

Explore Loire Valley Cabernet Franc with Bloom Big

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a tasting where I revisited the Loire Valley during an evening dinner event at The Gardens Rooftop at Petit Ermitage called Go On! Bloom Big, Explore the Loire Valley’s Cabernet Franc. My first encounter with Loire Valley Wines was in 2019 for Spring Into Loire Valley Wines. At

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

Best Wine 2023 Year In Review

Best Wine 2023: Year In Review

It is that time of the year for me to share my list of the best wine 2023, my year in review. Besides the various in-person and Zoom tastings I attended here in Los Angeles this year, I traveled to North Carolina to discover the Yadkin Valley’s Surry County Wine Trail and The Crest of

Y by Yoshiki

Under The Sky With Y By Yoshiki

A child prodigy at the piano becomes the rage of Japan and the most influential composer in the country’s history. His pursuit of music, from classical to rock, has given him many opportunities not just as a musician, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker. Yoshiki Hayashi has pursued his interest with a clothing line but now has

Flora Springs Holiday Cabernet Sauvignon

Enjoying Holiday Cabernet Sauvignon with Flora Springs

Let’s get into the festive Christmas spirit with red wine. Flora Springs, Napa Valley, celebrates the season with their holiday Cabernet Sauvignon. These special etched bottles are a keepsake. It is the perfect gift for the Cabernet lover, as I discovered a very Christmassy wine with rich fruit. History of Flora Springs Understanding the background

Wine of the Sea

Wine Of The Sea: A Gift From The Adriatic

Recently, I discovered a unique gift for the wine lover who has everything. Gifting someone a bottle from Wine of the Sea is an excellent holiday option. The premise is the wine ages in the sea for six months to a year, depending on the variety. In this case, the wines aged in the Adriatic.

Stone Ashe View - Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail

Explore North Carolina’s Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail

Located just outside Hendersonville lies the Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail. Seven wineries make up the Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA and wine trail. I visited five of the seven. This area’s attraction lies not only with its wineries but within the entire Henderson County, the city of Henderson, its art, restaurants,

Thanksgiving 2023 - Pumpkins and Sunflowers in Solvang

Thanksgiving 2023: Four Red Wines For Your Holiday Feast

Thanksgiving 2023 is upon us, and as we prepare to share our menu with family and friends, we begin to think about the best Thanksgiving wine to serve with our feast. This year, I am leaning towards a lighter-bodied red wine that complements turkey but does not overpower the meal. Here are four wines I

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