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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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Toro Wine Recommendations

From Recent Tastings of Nearly 100 Wines With Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) What to Expect from Toro Wines from Toro are powerful, ripe red wines with plenty of flavor, tannins and generous alcohol levels; made from [...]

The Latest Trends from Toro

This spring’s Grand Tasting of Toro wines in New York City and numerous other Toro wines I’ve tasted in the last few months show a region of ongoing transition and increasing quality. Although Toro has a [...]

Bullish on the Wines of Toro

Worldwide interest in the wines of Toro took off in 2001 with the launch of the 1998 Numanthia Toro red and the high scores it received from Robert Parker Jr., wine’s most influential critic at the [...]

CVNE Verticals Dinner Back to 1939

One of my highlight vertical wine dinners was without a doubt the luxe CVNE dinner at La Fonda del Sol. It was put together by Acker Merrall & Condit’s Wine Workshop and featured guest hosts Christopher [...]

The Mysteries of Fall Foliage and Spanish Grape Varietals

Many wine lovers have wondered if there is an easy way to tell one grapevine variety from another when visiting a vineyard. It would be fairly easy if we all had photographic memories and could remember [...]