Taste of Wine

Gen 7 — the next generation of wines

Gen 7 — the next generation of wines

A new wine release event flashed across the Internet recently, to celebrate the bounty of a special harvest from the Gen 7 winery and its newest releases.

South American wines on a roll

South American wines on a roll

Sensing an opening for their quality wines, Chile has been moving smartly in the American market to consolidate their wine sales gains and find new markets to present their Cabernet, Chardonnay and Syrah.

No wine before its time at Powell Mt. Cellars

No wine before its time at Powell Mt. Cellars

In my wine tasting office in a serene district of busy little Encinitas, I always have an eye or two open for an out-of-town winemaker who may be stopping at a wine bar to shake the flesh and pop a cork on one or more of their latest releases. Encinitas has more than a few […]

Taste of Wine: Wine & music are taking center stage in Temecula

Taste of Wine: Wine & music are taking center stage in Temecula

This year is shaping up to be a landmark one for Temecula Wine Country in its quest to not only be a recognized destination for excellent wines, but for big time music venues. 

The big bold wines of Sonoma

The big bold wines of Sonoma

In my last column, we opened the wine book on the big, stately and beautiful wine country of Sonoma and stretched our legs at Jordan Winery, the 1,200 acre Bordeaux style winery and vineyard just north of Healdsburg. This week we’ll make a few more stops.

Holiday Getaways Near & Far

Holiday Getaways Near & Far

A growing number of people I know have had it with the “rush hour” mentality of the days leading up to Christmas and extending into the New Years holiday. Those intrepid individuals tend to park their cars in the driveways of out-of-the-way resorts with quiet ambience that signal a meditative, relaxed way to celebrate.But first […]

Holiday Getaways Near & Far

Holiday Getaways Near & Far

A growing number of people I know have had it with the “rush hour” mentality of the days leading up to Christmas and extending into the New Years holiday. Those intrepid individuals tend to park their cars in the driveways of out-of-the-way resorts with quiet ambience that signal a meditative, relaxed way to celebrate.But first […]

Wine and food pairing on the shores of La Jolla

The Marine Room along the La Jolla Shores is the only restaurant I know that publishes the highest tides, along with the times, dates and how high the tides will be. For instance, on Dec. 10, high tide will be at 8:09 a.m. and will be at 6.9 feet. You see, dining here is on […]

Wines of the Mediterranean: an Italian Journey

It had been 9 years since I stepped on Italian soil and first soaked in the wisdom of winemakers whose families were making wine as far back as the 11th century. Tuscan names such as Banfi, Brolio and Felsina were etched into my palate as heroes of the modern Italian Renaissance in wine quality. A […]

Harvesting Temecula wines a tasty treat for aficionados

At the recent Temecula Harvest Celebration, when I picked up my program of wineries, the guide to wines being poured and food pairings offered, I couldn’t help but remark to myself what a great leap forward the Temecula Wine Country has taken. There are many more dots populating the winery locations on the route map […]

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