Roccafiore Winery

Roccafiore Winery: A passion for life with wine

A love of his native land was what brought Leonardo Baccarelli to purchase the property that is now Roccafiore Winery in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, situated in Umbria. The wines from this region are outstanding, and the wines from this winery are a true testament of what can be produced in … Read more

Newton Vineyards

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces, and those, in turn, form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is a mystique behind the vineyard and every vine until each vintage comes to full fruition. In the case of Newton Vineyard, the puzzle has many … Read more

Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana. Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker, and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery located in … Read more

Colonoscopy Prep

What is in this drink?

  This article is intended for those over fifty who must endure the preparations required for a colonoscopy.  Those under age fifty, medical guidance is advised.  I originally wrote this humorous description of the colonoscopy preps when I had to cleanse my body prior to surgery in 2013.  I am sharing it with you now … Read more

Santiago Achaval, Achaval Ferrera Malbecs

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine Malbec

In Argentina, the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir-driven wines, and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Achaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce Malbec from single vineyards, but there is more that makes the Achaval-Ferrer wines exceptional. In addition to the land and the grapes, it is the people … Read more

Kaiken Wines

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making outstanding premium wines. This passion is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken. His exuberance for his craft is quite evident when in his presence. You immediately sense his passion for wine, the terroir, and the process of making … Read more

Lunch at Bodega Trivento

Bodega Trivento: A true expression of the Argentine terroir

Over the last week, I sipped and tasted three wines from Bodegas Trivento, a Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon and Amado Sur. I am reminded of my wonderful trip to Mendoza last fall where I had the opportunity to visit Trivento and meet some of the people that create and produce their fabulous wines. Reviewing my notes, … Read more

L'Aventure Wines

L’Aventure: Bringing together the best of Bordeaux and Rhone

The entire winemaking process is an adventure. This journey begins with the establishment of the winery and continues through the process of growing the grapes, harvesting and putting one’s creative juices to the test of making exceptional wine. The story behind L’Aventure Winery is a voyage across the continents with a quest to pursue a … Read more

Mueller Serving Röbller Wine

Röbller Vineyard Winery: Enjoying a day in Missouri Wine Country

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach with some nuances … Read more

Bar & Grill

A Taste of Garagiste: A festival prelude

The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure is quickly approaching in Los Angeles at Union Station on July 12, 2014. As a preview, A Taste of Garagiste showcased three wineries participating in the Urban Exposure wine tasting at the Bar & Garden in Culver City. The wineries, which all produce small lot handcrafted wines, were Ascension Cellars, … Read more