Taste of Wine

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Taste of Wine: Seasalt comes ashore in Del Mar

Congratulations to Salvatore Ercolano for delivering the perfect San Diego seaside restaurant and wine bar that’s as relaxed as you could wish for.

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Taste of Wine: Encinitas Rotary wine event benefits 19 charities

Recently, I observed that the wine consumer was getting washed with wine shows. This was not meant to be a complaint.

Taste of Wine: Rhone style wines shine for Niner

Taste of Wine: Rhone style wines shine for Niner

It’s a given that the Napa/Sonoma wine country in California draws more visitors than any other vineyard region.  All of us who are connected to this star-kissed industry owe it to Napa/Sonoma and the heavenly wines they have given us.  I’m one for honoring those that made history and brought California the fame and fortune […]

Taste of Wine: SoCal awash in wine shows

Taste of Wine: SoCal awash in wine shows

It would take reams of copy to summarize the dozens of wine shows that have descended onto Southern California to pour the latest releases of fine wine for a thirsty public.

Taste of Wine: Mixing it up with wine blending

Taste of Wine: Mixing it up with wine blending

In my many years of interviewing winemakers on their favorite winemaking experience, it’s almost always blending.

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 […]

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