Wineries

    Central Otago: Where Nature and Pinot Noir Reign

    New Zealand was put on the wine map with their Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits its signature grapefruity aromas and tastes . But there are more wines in that beautiful country which beg notice and a healthy pour.

    18 readers - By Grape Experiences

    Riverbench Winery: A Sparkling Surprise in the Santa Maria Valley

    While strolling along Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, a multi block enclave of art, music, and tasting rooms in the heart of town, I came upon the streamlined tasting outpost of Riverbench, a winery with vineyards in the Foxen Canyon area of the Santa Maria Valley.

    15 readers - By Grape Experiences

      My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 11 readers - Dan McLaughlin at Robert Clay Vineyards My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards It was in the dead of winter when I met Dan McLaughlin for the first time at Sandstone Cellars in Mason, Texas. I had seen a Facebook posting or two from his Robert Clay Vineyards, but not much more.

      Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 11 readers - Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit It was back in 2010 when I first trekked out to Perissos Vineyards (in the Texas hill country near Burnet, TX) to visit Seth Martin, then a new face on the Texas hill country wine trail, not knowing much more than he worked with Roussanne.

      Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 10 readers - Label Art from Eden Hill 2013 Divine White Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard Every now and then, I taste a wine and makes me realize why I spend so much time tasting Texas wines. In this case, there were two: Eden Hill Vineyard 2013 Roussanne (Oswald Vineyard) and their 2013 Divine White.

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 9 readers -   Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three The @ItalianWineGuy, Alfonso Cevola moderated an interesting tasting panel this morning at Texsom 2014. It had to be one of the most diverse sessions by far at this years conference.

    The latest about Wineries

      Off the Grid in Cambria, California

      …Thirty miles west of Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California lies the charming resort town of Cambria where ocean sunsets, eclectic shops, terrific restaurants, and comfortable inns are waiting for you. Prior to this summer’s Wine Blogger’s Conference in Santa Barbara, I spent two days in Cambria with my daughter, Stephanie, who…

      8 readers - By Grape Experiences

      Square Wine Bottles

      …Through the many years of winemaking, we’ve seen lots of various specialty wine bottles. From time to time, winemakers will purposely choose a new bottle shape to stand out from the crowd and get a better chance of being recognized and remembered by the consumer market. It’s a risky marketing move but if it works, it’s half the bottle … Uh, battle…

      3 readers - By Wine Ponder

      Alta Maria Vineyards: Stop in and stay a while in Los Olivos

      …now, on to something completely different! This year marked the 7th edition of the North American Wine Bloggers Conference, which I will heretofore call the Wine Whatever Conference to avoid any confusion about who attends, what we do and what happens during it. Arriving in the area several days prior to the conference to take care of some family…

      4 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Stag Hollow Vineyards — creating work-life balance

      …Since the purchase of the new smoker (“Old Smokey” as he’s being referred to throughout our neighborhood), we’ve been asked by nearly all of our family and close friends when we are going to start a BBQ business — as in, give up our day jobs and start a restaurant or catering company. We chuckle at the idea, though there is secretly a part of us…

      2 readers - By Vindulge

      5 Biggest Online Mistakes Wineries Make

      …Every business misses opportunities in their Web presence, but for such a warm and fuzzy industry, I’m always surprised at the online mistakes wineries tend to make. With hundreds of wineries starting up every year, there is an increasingly crowded market from which to stand out. Wineries need to use every tool possible to get their story in front…

      By Tasting Room Confidential

      Potter Winery

      … Gumption.  Chutzpah.  Get-up-and-go. These words all have the same thing in common:  winemakers Von and Crystal Potter. If you are an Idahoan oenophile, or wine lover in general, you should acquaint yourself with Potter Wines because the Potters are breathing fire into the Idaho wine industry and making a name for themselves…

      6 readers - By WineDineDIY

      Domaine Chandon & étoile: #Napa’s Classic, Stars

      … The Chevalière of the French bubbly scene in Napa is the elegant and indomitable, Domaine Chandon (WL, FB, Tw).  It is the first French foray into domestic bubbly by the esteemed Moët & Chandon in 1973; the producer of arguably the most famous Champagne in the world: Dom Pérignon. Indeed, when many consumers think of sparkling wine in the US…

      9 readers - By Vinopanion

      Hilliard Bruce Summer Soiree

      … If you are a passport holder for  Wine and Fire, August 15th to 17th, be sure to include a visit to Hilliard Bruce on You Sunday winery open house schedule. The winery is owned by John Hilliard and Christine Bruce.  Last Sunday we were lucky to attend their Summer Soiree.  The high point of the afternoon was a “sneak peek…

      3 readers - By Food and Wine Safari

      Riverbench Winery: A Sparkling Surprise in the Santa Maria Valley

      … happy to come on board and work on the project and expand the program. Are you one of the few wineries in the Santa Barbara AVA producing these sparklers?  Laura: Yes, and as far as I know we are the only producer making the amount of premium sparkling wine that we make.  We also made the first certified sustainable sparkling wine in Santa…

      15 readers - By Grape Experiences

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      …   Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three The @ItalianWineGuy, Alfonso Cevola moderated an interesting tasting panel this morning at Texsom 2014. It had to be one of the most diverse sessions by far at this years conference. It included bubbles from New Mexico, a bracing cuvée from Michigan, counter currents of Michigan and New…

      9 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      Visit to Fontanafredda in Barolo

      … Our last winery stop on our recent trip to the Langhe region of Piemonte was a departure from the first two, as we visited a huge cantina with production of seven million bottles annually, more than 35 times the volume of the largest of our other stops. This place is big. It is steeped in Continue reading Visit to Fontanafredda in Barolo…

      2 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      Wine the Weekend Away in Walla Walla – Guest Post by Jan Ennis

      … names.  Each of these wines and their winemakers honed their craft in a place “unknown” for its wine growing value.  However, in recent years, winemakers and growers have unleashed the power of the fruit found in the soil of this part of the Columbia basin and now there are almost 200 wineries in Walla Walla alone. This trip to Walla Walla…

      7 readers - By Grape Experiences

      My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards

      … Dan McLaughlin at Robert Clay Vineyards My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards It was in the dead of winter when I met Dan McLaughlin for the first time at Sandstone Cellars in Mason, Texas. I had seen a Facebook posting or two from his Robert Clay Vineyards, but not much more. That evening was spent mainly watching Texas…

      11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog