Taste of Wine

Are wine clubs the way to go?

Are wine clubs the way to go?

The huge increase in wine clubs on the west coast should not be a big surprise to anyone who has even a faint idea of how big the rise in wine consumption has been, especially in California.

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

This year my wine journey began like most, significant discoveries at venues both new and familiar.  There was the memorable meeting with Napa wine pioneer, now in his 90s, Mike Grgich; and a road show get-together with the wineries in the Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands wine country.

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

Today I was pondering how many lives were changed by that musical group, The Beach Boys, when they sang  “In the warm California Sun!”

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

When travelers think of the south of France, they tend to picture yachts in Cannes and beachfront hotels sitting by white sandy coastline.  But that’s only one part of the picture.  There are many portraits of this French scenic land for anyone interested in culture, food and, of course, wine.

San Diego’s own fine wine festival — Vin Diego

I looked at him quizzically, not really accepting if the concept of “just wine” would go over for an event of the size he was hoping for.  That was two years ago, and I had just met David Fraschetti for the first time when he laid out his concept of this wine only for his […]

San Diego showcases the world of wine

San Diego showcases the world of wine

It doesn’t get any better than this one.  I’ve been to all of them and they get better each year.  This one is the 11th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival from Nov. 16 through Nov. 23.  An army of the world’s premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities will hold you spellbound […]

The passion returns for Michael Mondavi

The passion returns for Michael Mondavi

The Mondavi name in Napa Valley wine lore is indeed alive and well.  It still commands a reverence for its illustrious history and an intense interest in its re-boot for the future.

It’s all about the flavor at Sublime Tavern

It’s all about the flavor at Sublime Tavern

James Limjoco is the easiest interview I have ever had the pleasure to do.

Dates Set for 11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Dates Set for 11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Make your plans now for the biggest and best wine and food festival on the West Coast and the most talked about public event in San Diego.

In crisis Napa Valley is all for one, one for all

In crisis Napa Valley is all for one, one for all

As of day five after the 6.0 earthquake that struck the southern district of Napa Valley, damage estimates may top $4 billion, with 120 injuries, three critical, with more than 103 dwellings “red tagged” as un-livable.  There have been 104 smaller earthquakes recorded to date since the big one during the early morning hours of Aug. […]

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