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The Yarra Valley: Australia’s Burgundy, Less Than An Hour From Melbourne

I visited Australia’s Yarra Valley in July 2015, and wanted to share a retrospective of my trip to one of Australia’s premier wine regions—a region that was on the rise during my visit, and the wines [...]

Speed-Dating Brunello, An Industry Tasting

“Benvenuto Brunello” translates to “Welcome Brunello,” an aptly named event for a first-time industry tasting Brunello-novice like myself. [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part III: Wines 2

Concluding our series on Santa Barbara County Wines with Part III: Santa Ynez and Buellton Wines Carr Winery Carr Winery makes its wines in Santa Barbara and has a tasting room at that urban location and [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part II: Wines

We continue with Part II in our series on Santa Barbara County wines. It’s a sign of maturity for a wine region to really carve out its personality based on a diverse spectrum of terroir, rather [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country, Part I: The Overview

“It’s just like in the movie.” You can’t escape the movie (Sideways) anywhere in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It’s everywhere and on every visitor’s mind. The steady stream of tourists from California and far beyond [...]

Serafino Wines, McLaren Vale @ 2015 VIWF

The Vancouver International Wine Festival attracts some of the brightest minds in the world of wine and wine-making every year; 2015 being a shining example. I was privileged to have some time to sit with Maria Maglieri, [...]

IPOB: Bringing Balance to California Wine

In the wine world one of the buzzwords of recent years has been “balance.” Balance of acidity, of grape ripeness, of alcohol levels, of flavor profiles. The non-profit organization In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) takes the [...]

Black Hills Estate Winery Delivers

   The mountains in this part of British Columbia seem carved from the rocky valley floor, as if Heaven had scourged the land with chisels and wire-brush; the jagged edges slowly crumbling into the dusty sand [...]

Valentine’s Day Menu: Spoil the One You Love

There is nothing as powerful as sharing yourself; your time, your energy and your passion with the one you love. To me very little can encapsulate this idea as readily as cooking a meal and, yet, [...]

The Artistry Behind NakedWines.com

When the good people at NakedWines.com asked me to endorse their efforts, I responded as honestly as I could: “Folks: I’ve never heard of most of your winemakers and I’ve never tasted any of these wines. I can’t endorse [...]