Monthly Archives: June 2015

Inland from Ventura, a Wine Oasis Awaits

As Robert Mondavi was to the Napa Valley, Adam Tolmach has been to the Ojai Valley, bringing attention to the area as a legitimate winegrowing area — and providing one more reason to visit this quiet California village. Tolmach went

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Kids and Tasting Rooms — A Good Idea?

“Wine country” — whether it’s in the Napa Valley in California or the Hudson Valley in New York — gets busy during the summer months. So, this is a particularly timely inquiry… QUESTION: We are the parents of a very

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Posted in Wine FAQ

Coffee, Chocolate, Golf… and (Of Course) Wine

A few notes that are at least semi-related to our favorite subject (wine) as we near the end of June… Coffee king Starbucks, which has been experimenting with wine, beer and upscale snacks during evening hours at a number of

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Fascinating Facts About 5 Wine Countries

We love the wines of California so much that we sometimes forget that there’s a big, beautiful “wine world” out there — from South America to Australia to Europe and beyond. Here are a few fascinating facts about five of

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Exploring the Moon Mountain Sonoma AVA

For many years, the grape growers and winemakers on the western Mayacamas range wished they had a way to differentiate themselves from those in the lower elevations of Sonoma Valley. In October of 2013, they got their wish when the

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Sonoma County Wineries That Walk the ‘Green’ Walk

Every so often in this blog, we like to give props to some of the wineries that take their stewardship of the land seriously. Wineries that don’t merely the “green” talk, but walk the “green” walk. The Sonoma Green Business

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

Vino in the Negev? A New Wine Country Experience Beckons

Bordeaux. Napa Valley. The Veneto. Rheinhessen. Rioja. All of these geographic names are recognizable as wine regions. Hear the name, and you immediately know what “wine country” it’s connected to. Bordeaux — France. Napa Valley — The United States (specifically,

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Duckhorn Purchases the Vineyard It Made Famous

This blog should perhaps be archived under “Vineyards of Distinction,” rather than “Wineries of Distinction.” But the vineyard and the winery have been intertwined for decades — and, now, their relationship has become even closer. In May, Duckhorn Wine Company

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My ‘Epiphany Wine’: Duckhorn’s ‘Three Palms’ Merlot

I have told the story before, but it’s worth telling again — especially because today’s Cyber Circle offering focuses on the wine variety involved: Merlot. Return with me now to my clueless twenties. Newly divorced and raising my daughter alone,

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

The Thrill of the Grill… With Thrilling Wines

We love the aromas and flavors that oak barrel aging impart in wine — aromas and flavors that range from sweet to smoky. But because those flavors can be so assertive, many wines that see extensive time in new oak

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Posted in Wine Buzz
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