Monthly Archives: March 2016

Alexander Valley’s Ascent to Wine World Star Status

In 1841, Cyrus Alexander arrived in an untamed valley to manage the Sotoyome Rancho, a Mexican land grant owned by a San Diego sea captain, Henry Delano Fitch, and his wife, Josefa Carrillo. As payment for his services, Alexander received

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

A Round of Applause from the Bleachers for the Bleechers

Since 1989, the Bleecher family has sustainably farmed grapes for their terroir driven, small production, estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc at Napa Valley’s Jericho Canyon Vineyard. Having raised their kids, grapes and multiple wine dogs on the estate, the

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

A Springtime Treat: Spinach Salad and Moscato

Wines made from the Muscat family of grapes often exude aromas and flavors of fresh oranges. That makes this dish — something you probably didn’t have over the long, cold winter — a perfect pairing partner for Moscato. This recipe

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Getting to Know the Wine Styles of Alsace

Alsace is one of France’s most unusual and exciting wine regions. Although it is not as well known and traveled as Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne, it is equally capable of producing majestic wines. Culturally, Alsace is as much German as

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Wine Pairings for Lobster Newburg and the Easter Ham

Today is National Lobster Newburg Day. We’re not sure how it came about, so you’ll just have to take our word for it. What we do know is how the iconic dish came about. Multiple sources confirm that it was

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Winegrowing: Green and Getting Greener

The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance focuses on the long-term sustainability of the California wine community — and more and more wineries are following its guidelines all the time. To place the concept of sustainability into the context of winegrowing, the

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

Is Your Wine Rack Ready for Entertaining?

“10 Reasons to Entertain at Home.” That was the title of a fun post a few weeks ago on MSN.com, and I have to agree with each and every reason listed. Check out the basic list below, and then read

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Posted in Editor's Journal

A Wine-and-Food Adventure in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe

Just two hours south of San Diego and 30 minutes from Ensenada, the Valle de Guadalupe provides a fabulous weekend escape for wine lovers. It’s not just the “wine country” that acts like a magnet. The state of Baja California

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

It’s OK to Drink Wine With a Frozen Dinner

If you’ve been noticing a lot of special signage and various offers in the frozen food aisle(s) at your local (super)market this month, there’s a reason: The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association has designated March as National Frozen Food

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Calistoga Ranch Offers Stylish Napa Valley Accommodations

It’s never too early to begin planning a California wine country vacation — especially if you want to pin down a reservation at one of Napa Valley’s stylish resorts. Tucked in a secluded canyon marked by ancient oaks and rolling

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Posted in Vinesse Style
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