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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 [...]

Wild Game Night @ Craftbar, No Chicken Here

My husband and I attended Craftbar’s Winter Wild Game Night Dinner at the end of January on a whim—based on a late afternoon Tweet from owner Tom Colicchio (i.e. his marketing assistant) that there were a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Year’s Eve 2014: A Time for Raclette!

New Year's Eve: a time for celebration and reflection. Did we accomplish everything we set out to this year? Did we mend the broken fences in our relationships? Did we set the bar a little (or [...]

Livermore Valley Wine Enters The Spotlight

When you ask San Francisco Bay Area residents about Livermore, you’ll get two responses frequently: it’s hot and there are windmills. Except in Livermore those famous windmills are really the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. Although somewhat [...]

Bridlewood Estate Winery, Paso Robles, CA

BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERYPaso Robles, California the town of Monterey in northern Central Coast AVASanta Barbara in November is a place of magic; where long beaches kiss the ocean under blankets of undulating sheep's-wool-fog and dew hangs [...]