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Sipping into Fall with Concha y Toro

I’ve been doing everything I can to deny that fall is fast approaching. Warm afternoons still make me think of summer, but mornings are damp and the leaves on our birch tree are beginning to turn golden and fall to the ground. There is nothing left to do but smooth the transition into fall with delicious wine. We have a […]

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Return to Willcox, Arizona – Part 2

A two-day trip to the charming railroad town of Willcox in 2013 left us longing to return. We fell in love with the high desert grassland, the mountains that ring the Sulphur Springs Valley and, of course, the wine. In Part 1 of this post we shared our hiking experiences and introduced you to a historic B&B where we stayed […]

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Celebrating #CabernetDay with Don Melchor

It’s time for another of those wine days. This time Cabernet gets its day, not that Cabernet really needs to be brought to the attention of most wine enthusiasts, but we are happy to join the celebration because we enjoy a good Cabernet. And we have a very special Cabernet Sauvignon, which we received as a tasting sample, to share […]

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Mix it up with Nino Franco Rustico

Here it comes – another wine day! National Prosecco Day is August 13. August is the perfect time of year to celebrate warm weather and friends with Italian sparkling wine. And this year we have a bit of a twist for you. We received tasting samples of Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Root 23 Cherry Almond Simple […]

Lodi Celebrates Albariño

Lodi Celebrates Albariño

Yes, that’s right, Lodi celebrates more than Zinfandel. Albariño is a rising star in Lodi and over the past couple of years we have tasted quite a few delicious examples from Lodi. We can add the three Lodi Albariños in this post, which we received as tasting samples, to that list. This weekend nine Lodi wineries are hosting a celebration […]

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Return to Willcox, Arizona – Part 1

We first visited Willcox, Arizona in August 2013 to taste the wine and see for ourselves the vineyards planted in Arizona’s high desert. Two days spent in this beautiful, southeast corner of Arizona left us wanting to return for a longer stay. It has taken us five years to return, but return we did this May, and we had to […]

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A Glass of Wine for Every Palate

We don’t all like the same kind of wine, and that’s okay, in fact it’s one of the things I enjoy most about wine. Gathering friends together over a meal and a collection of wines is always an interesting experience. I look forward to the opinions of others and how they compare to my own impressions. This collection wine, which […]

An Adventure in Wine: Bosnia and Herzegovina

We spent Sunday afternoon sipping wine with a group of winemakers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. That sounds pretty random, I know, but the invitation didn’t come entirely out of the blue — it came from Blue Danube Wine Company. Let the wine adventure begin. Blue Danube Wine Company Blue Danube Wine Company was founded by Frank Dietrich and Zsuzsanna Molnar […]

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Jean Edwards Cellars: A Dream Come True

If ever I have heard a story of two wine lovers who made their dream come true, it’s that of Karen and John Troisi and their Jean Edwards Cellars. We recently sat down with the busy couple behind Jean Edward Cellars at their new tasting room along Sonoma’s Vine Alley. We talked Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaking and their love of dogs […]