Author Archive for Frank Mangio

Discovering  wines on the boot

Discovering wines on the boot

The results are in on the 2013 Italian harvest and for those that enjoy a good Barolo, Chianti Classico, Primativo or Nero D’ Avola and hundreds of other Italian varietals, the news is good.

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

Sirocco – a touch of Italy in the California Desert

I do my diligence with attention and care when it comes to considering a restaurant and its dinner and wine list.  Does it live up to its story by delivering the goods, like listing all the ingredients for each menu item and describing the wine in detail with vintage, district and taste?

Sirocco – Italy in the Desert

Sirocco – Italy in the Desert

I do my diligence with attention and care when it comes to considering a restaurant and its dinner and wine list.

In the Company of Miljenko Grgich

In the Company of Miljenko Grgich

It is a well-known occasion among knowledgeable wine consumers that the beginning of the California wine revolution began with an extraordinary blind wine tasting of French and California wines in Paris in 1976, known as the Paris Tasting.

Paso Robles levels the playing field for California Cabernet

Paso Robles levels the playing field for California Cabernet

It’s been a well-deserved 50 some years of Napa Valley excellence in growing and producing California’s finest, Cabernet Sauvignon.

California wines on the road less traveled

California wines on the road less traveled

Between the California coastal city of Lompoc and the town of Buellton, just west of the 101, lies 30,700 square acres of the Sta. Rita Hills.

In the alphabet soup of wines J gets an A

In the alphabet soup of wines J gets an A

In the wine tasting world, if you have a wine that starts with the letter A, you have a distinct advantage. Tasters have a “clean” palate and are starting fresh.

Top wine destinations named

Top wine destinations named

A leading wine publication, Wine Enthusiast, has revealed its Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations for this year, and many are real eye-openers.

Blended Wines:  A winemaker’s creation

Blended Wines:  A winemaker’s creation

Since the beginning of my wine writing journey, I have been fascinated with the increasing number of wine blends released by creative winemakers.

Charcuterie, mustard and a Dierberg surprise at AVANT

Charcuterie, mustard and a Dierberg surprise at AVANT

After 44 years as a slightly stuffy, French-style restaurant nestled in the Rancho Bernardo Inn, and a passing chef “celeb” who moved on to the “Big Apple,” the new AVANT has picked it up and quickly competed to become one of the top dining rooms in north San Diego County.