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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 [...]

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 [...]

Czech Wines Take Root in the USA

It’s been 10-and-a-half years since I went to Prague, but let it be said that at that time, it was less expensive to get a beer at a local bar than a coffee. No-one was drinking [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Profile: Taylor Parsons of République in LA

When asked recently by the Los Angeles sommelier Taylor Parsons “What style of wine do you enjoy?”, my mind went blank. That’s not because of a lack of wine experience on my part or the type [...]

Winemaker Interview: Mud House Wines, NZ

www.MudHouse.co.nz When I called Nadine Worley, one half of the winemaking powerhouse from Mud House wines of New Zealand, I knew that I was in for a treat: Nadine has the kind of innate knowledge of [...]

BC Riesling & Springtime Pasta Primavera

Sunshine. Two days. In a row… my family is so stunned that they didn’t know what to do! Brilliant right? I mean, what could possibly be wrong with a sudden spell of great weather? Well aside [...]

Somm Q&A: Eric Larkee of Michael’s Genuine, Miami

What wine would you pair with frog legs, capers, and a brioche crouton, a gorgeous platter of Florida’s winter finest heirloom tomatoes and homemade stracciatella, a pizza with tender short rib meat, cave aged gruyere, caramelized [...]

Vineyards to Table: Pairings and the Bestia Experience

It’s 9:25 pm on a February Tuesday night. Snow could be falling, crowds hibernating in the warmth of home, and the weekend still too far away to even consider. And then the one remaining table, a [...]

Vino247 Profile: Maxwell Leer of Bestia, LA

The first image that emerged in my mind when wine director Maxwell Leer presented me with the wine list during a recent dinner at Bestia in Los Angeles was the map. This wasn’t a grand map [...]