Taste of Wine

Discovering  wines on the boot

Discovering wines on the boot

The results are in on the 2013 Italian harvest and for those that enjoy a good Barolo, Chianti Classico, Primativo or Nero D’ Avola and hundreds of other Italian varietals, the news is good.

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

I do my diligence with attention and care when it comes to considering a restaurant and its dinner and wine list.  Does it live up to its story by delivering the goods, like listing all the ingredients for each menu item and describing the wine in detail with vintage, district and taste?

In the Company of Miljenko Grgich

In the Company of Miljenko Grgich

It is a well-known occasion among knowledgeable wine consumers that the beginning of the California wine revolution began with an extraordinary blind wine tasting of French and California wines in Paris in 1976, known as the Paris Tasting.

Top wine destinations named

Top wine destinations named

A leading wine publication, Wine Enthusiast, has revealed its Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations for this year, and many are real eye-openers.

Charcuterie, mustard and a Dierberg surprise at AVANT

Charcuterie, mustard and a Dierberg surprise at AVANT

After 44 years as a slightly stuffy, French-style restaurant nestled in the Rancho Bernardo Inn, and a passing chef “celeb” who moved on to the “Big Apple,” the new AVANT has picked it up and quickly competed to become one of the top dining rooms in north San Diego County.

Taste of Wine: Olympic-size awards in San Francisco wine competition

Taste of Wine: Olympic-size awards in San Francisco wine competition

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, biggest of its kind, saw some 6,000 entries from more than 1,500 wineries from all over America gather for the massive task of choosing the best of the best in blind tasting with 65 judges participating.

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. 

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