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Pursuit of Balance In Wine

Attended a great seminar yesterday titled:  Getting It Right: Triumphs and Failures in the Pursuit of Balance What a great seminar for any Master of Wine student! The moderator was… More »

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Interview with Doug Shafer at Shafer Vineyards

Interview with Doug Shafer: Courage, Risk, & Luck By Marisa D’Vari I first met Shafer Vineyards Founder John Shafer in 2001 when I interviewed him in his Stags Leap District… More »

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Visiting Louis Lucas in his Vineyard During #WBC14

“Climate. Soil. Care.” These are the three words Louis Lucas kept repeating in the course of our visit together. Though he is remarkably famous here on the West Coast having… More »

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Visiting Rideau Vineyards in Solvang #WBC2014

“Welcome,” says Iris Rideau, welcoming me into her gorgeous winery made from a house over 130 years old. Well dressed, self assured, and charismatic Iris had success in creating a… More »

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Visisiting Buttonwood Winery in Solvang, CA #WBC14

“Karen wanted to see you but she’s in the bottling plant right now,” says Nicole Carnevale, Director of Sales at Buttonwood winery in Solvang. This is a family winery that… More »

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Conversation with Chris Hammell of Bien Nacido Vineyard

  Chris Hammell looks like a football player (or an actor, depending on his mood) and is modest enough to be dismissive of being voted Grower of the year by Wine… More »

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Visiting Brander Winery San Ynez #WBC14

Meet Josh Hamilton (pictured above) who is the Tasting Room manager here at Brander and is telling me all about the Brander family. The winery was established in 1975 by… More »

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Visiting Gypsy Canyon Winery in Santa Rita Hills

“We wanted to change our life and live in the country,” says Deborah Hall, Winemaker and owner of Gypsy Canyon Winery.  She fell in love with this gorgeous property in… More »

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Santa Ynez Inn Rocks

  Fab visit to the Santa Ynez Inn, a luxury hotel in the tiny (and I mean very small!) ‘old west’ town of Santa Ynez. Arriving here one drives through… More »

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HALL raises $180,000 for #ANV14

How would you like to fly in luxury to both the Napa Valley and Rome to enjoy the high end lifestyle experience offered by the Halls for their Auction Valley… More »

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#ANV12: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Raises over $60,000 for Napa Valley Charities

At the @ANV14 (Napa Valley Auction June 7 bidding went wild for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, raising over 60,000 for local charities. Along with many bottles of Cask 23 was… More »

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RAYMOND VINEYARDS’ LIVE LOT AT 2014 AUCTION NAPA VALLEY RAISES $840,000 FOR THE NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY

Can you just imagine the excitement? I can – because I was there! I’ve actually been coming to the auction for many years, beginning when I was an executive at… More »

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