Bodegas Artadi: Maintaining wine traditions while keeping up with the times

A chance meeting can turn into a delightful wine discovery. Such was the case when the opportunity availed itself to meet and enjoy lunch at La Paella Restaurant with Carlos Lopez de Lacalle from Bodegas Artadi, a Spanish winery that combines the excellence of three distinct regions of Spain; Rioja, Navarro, and Alicante. They produce

Paul Lato Wines

Wine and Fire: Enjoying the wines of Sta. Rita Hills

It is always a night to remember when you come out to enjoy the wines of Sta. Rita Hills. Set against the backdrop of the La Purisima Mission and the oak trees that surround the Mission’s courtyard, one cannot help but rejoice in the pleasures of the wine of this Santa Barbara County region and

Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Ribera Y Rueda: Exploring Tempranillo and Verdejo wines

Spain has many different wine regions. For many of us in the United States, some of the regions we might say are off the beaten path. Two not as well-known areas in northern Spain are Rueda, recognized for its white varietals, especially Verdejo and Ribera del Duero, where Tempranillo is predominately grown. Although these regions

Elinos Vineyards View

A Greek adventure: Wine Picnic in Elinos vineyards

Picnicking in the vineyard is one of the many highlights we often enjoy during a wine tasting experience. Take this idea one step beyond what many of us are acquainted with at an American winery; more specifically in California, where you enjoy a luncheon on well-manicured vineyard grounds with tables that have become fixtures at

Garagiste Festival

Wine innovation begins at Garagiste Urban Exposure

It was a modern marvel when it was built in 1931, but now the Wiltern Theater is a relic of an Art Deco era that is past. Recently the theater hosted the Garagiste Urban Exposure wine tasting that, like the Wiltern’s past, represents the new and innovative winemaking styles that are coming forth from what

Soave Wine

Soave: Making a sensational comeback

In Italy, Soave is considered one of Italy’s leading white wines. Soave received its first real recognition in 1931 when it became one of the first of two areas to be recognized geographically delimited wine region for Italian white wine. Its popularity in Italy is immense, but in the United States in the 70s and

Ocean Prime Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added

Champagne

Champagne Jacquart: Pleasure and passion in a glass of Champagne

Celebrating 50 years, Champagne Jacquart is considered young in spirit, innovation, and production for this region of France. To inaugurate this special year, the winery is introducing the Mosaic collection, a body of Champagnes that best represents the vitality of House of Jacquart and its head winemaker, Floriane Eznack. Floriane Eznack Floriane Eznack met with

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