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  • Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
    Santa Lucia Highlands Gala tasting
    On May 16 Santa Lucia Highlands Artisans will be celebrating their 9th Gala tasting event at Mer Soleil Winery. Come and taste wines from forty premium wineries, they will be sharing heavenly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. For many of the...
  • Columbia Winery Chardonnay
    Wine bargain of the week: Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2013
    Entry level, inexpensive chardonnay is everywhere but the newly revamped Columbia Winery in Washington State really shows how it's done at a fair price while maintaining quality in the bottle.Drawn primarily from vineyards in the cooler sub...
  • Bottle of Frank  Family Chardonnay
    Frank Family Chardonnay: Staying Flexible
    Of all the white wines, Chardonnay is certainly the best known. You can find it everywhere in the world, and on more wine lists than can be counted. But what makes it so interesting are the “variations on a theme” that every pour...
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country White Wines
    A glimpse at Santa Barbara wine country
    Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of California’s hidden secrets. If you live in Los Angeles it is an easy picturesque drive. Sometimes I feel like highway 101 is just pulling my car towards the Central Coast on its own. As I make the turn...
  • Illuminate Wines North Coast Chardonnay
    Illuminate Wines: Brighten your day with a fabulous glass of Chardonnay
    It is the gift of the grapes to illuminate our souls with a refreshing glass of wine. In the case of Illuminate Wines 2013 North Coast Chardonnay it will ignite your senses and at a darn good price.This Chardonnay’s name and label art are...
  • Rodney Strong Sonoma County Wines
    Rodney Strong Wines reflect a long history in Sonoma County winemaking
    Rodney Strong Vineyards has a deeply entrenched history in Sonoma County wines, leading back to when a celebrated American dancer Rod Strong returned from France to begin his second career based on his passion for winemaking. In 1959 he married...
  • Revisiting an old friend
    Revisiting an old friend, Edna Valley's 2012 Central Coast Chardonnay
    It is always fun to reach into the cellar and pull out a favorite from the past. Since I like good Chardonnays (The most popular wine in America, making up 23% of the wines sold in the US in 2013), I can really appreciate the 2012 Edna Valley...
  • Smoked Chicken Salad and NW Wine Academy Chardonnay
    Pairing Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and Smoked Chicken Hazelnut Salad
    There are many misunderstood and maligned grapes out in the world of wine – Gewürztraminer, Gamay and Riesling are a few that come to mind. But no wine has suffered the slings and arrows as much as Chardonnay. I feel that many people blame...
  • Newton Vineyard Wines
    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...
  • Beyond the Clouds
    Drink Bianco from Alto Adige for Wine Wednesday
    This Wednesday consider an alternative to California Chardonnay: try a superb example from winemaker Elena Walch from Alto Adige. Her eponymous estate produces wines as breathtaking as the surrounding landscape. Built during the Habsburg Empire,...
  • Gary Farrell 2012 Chardonnay
    Gary Farrell Chardonnay: Balanced on the edge
    One of the more interesting aspects of tasting Chardonnays is to make note of their acidity or “pucker factor”. For some Chards, it’s like taking a big bite of green apple, for others it’s like having Crème Brulee for...
  • Sparkling Franciacorta
    All the world loves their 'Bubbly'
    Germany has their Sekt, Spain their Cava and, of course, France has Champagne, Cremant and Mousseaux.Italy’s Prosseco is now the number one selling sparkling wine in the world but, tucked away in the hills of Lombardy, is the country’s...
  • Wine and spirit gift giving ideas
    Wine and spirit gift giving ideas
    Recipients always appreciate the gift of fine wines and spirits for the holidays. And if you’re lucky, they’ll share the gift with you.Gifting hotspots for the holidays include Total Wine & More, Bevmo, AJ’s Fine Foods and...
  • Scratchpad Wine
    Scratchpad Wine, something for special occasions
    Looking for an interesting gift idea or something a bit different for the holiday season, take a look at Scratchpad Wine. There are three different varietals all sourced from the Central Coast California. The three wines and vintage we offered at...
  • The Vine Sculpture at Artesa Vinery
    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...
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