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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, [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part III: The Wines

Continuing with our Visiting and Tasting Paso Robles story, Part I: The Story and Part II: The Wineries. Saxum Vineyards Nothing symbolizes the poise and power of Paso Robles like Saxum’s 2009 Bone Rock Syrah. It’s [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part II: The Wineries

Continuing with Part II of our Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles series, The Wineries: Outside of Saxum and Tablas Creek, few Paso Robles’ wineries will be commonly known among wine circles. It’s still a region of [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part I: The Story

Upon hearing Saxum Vineyards would be my next and concluding stop of the day in Paso Robles, my host at the preceding winery, who had lived in the area for their entire life, echoed the same [...]

Sommelier Training @ The Intl. Culinary Center, CA

In the International Culinary Center in Campbell, California’s (near San Jose) Intensive Sommelier Training course, you taste wine blind as a warm up. No, this isn’t just tasting wine casually as if you’re cruising Napa in [...]

Arizona Wine Travel: No Longer the Wild West

Where Grapes Don’t Grow on Cactus and It’s No Longer Wine’s Wild West You won’t be the first and certainly not the last to do a double take at a headline combining wine and Arizona. Images [...]

Somm Q&A: Christopher Birnie-Visscher of db Bistro Moderne, Miami

Just because South Florida conjures up images of another afternoon with swaying palm trees in Margaritaville and overpriced Caipirinhas in clubs focused more on the scene (cue the thud-thud techno), Miami’s wine culture is now as [...]

Sommelier Q&A: Germain Michel of Amélie, SF

The Polk Street corridor of San Francisco stretches from the edges of the rougher Tenderloin District to the bottom of Russian Hill, one of the city’s more elite residential neighborhoods. Somehow Polk Street connecting the two [...]