Visiting Herdade dos Grous in Alentejo

What an interesting visit to Herdade dos Grous in Alentejo, Portugal. Our hosts for the afternoon of tasting and lunch was the handsome, articulate chief winemaker Luis Duarte and his… More »

Washington State Wine 101 Seminar

What a treat to attend a great terroir centric seminar featuring four great presenters and fabulous representation of the quality of Washington State Wine. Though the story began with Riesling… More »

NYC Ritz-Carlton Central Park Phenomenal Femmes Dinner with Lynn Penner Ash

Fabulous four course dinner last night at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Central Park with Lynn Penner-Ash, owner/winemaker and co-founder of Penner-Ash Cellers.  You probably know the name – the winery is… More »

Stellenbosch Vineyard’s Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Comes to Vareli in NYC

“Welcome,” says Eduan, offering me a tall glass of something purple and sparkling! I is the Stellenbosch Vineyards Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz, refreshing and delicious with a hint of oak. And this… More »

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 »

Visiting Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room in Solvang

So here I am speaking with Michael Lewellen in his fun, quirky tasting room in Solvang near San Ynez.  Mike is a cool guy who spent years in marketing in… More »

Tasting Notes Week of November 3, 2013

Eccoci Blanco 2011 Flavorful wine with a deep gold color, chewy texture, and savory flavors like saffron, mushroom and East Indian spices. Crisp dry finish with a hint of bitter… More »

Exploring La Peira en Damaisela in the Languedoc

  “You must be so lonely!” I say to Jeremie Depierre, the young vigneron of La Peira en Damaisela, technically located in the very hot and fashionable Terrasses du Larzac… More »

A Visit to Mas de Daumas Gassac

This was one of the first estates I visited a few years back, when Samuel – the oldest son – was kind enough to give me a jeep ride around… More »

Dinner with Luis Duarte

Dinner with Luis Duarte   “Why do you smile so much?” Luis Duarte’s mother often asked himas a child. Though in the picture above he appears rather reflective, Luis Duarte… More »

Tasting with Terras d’Alter in Alentejo

  “I remember you!” says Nuno Franco, General Manager of Terra d’Alter in the chilly air outside the Alentejo Wine Route office. It’s a chilly night in Alentejo, and even… More »

Exploring the Rhone Valley #DVR2013

In the Southern Rhone … Does the concept of G-night sound rather suggestive? Here in Avignon during #DVR2013 “G” stands for Grenache, and tonight I am going to a party… More »

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