Taste of Wine

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

Top 10 Tastes: The first three months of 2015

This year my wine journey began like most, significant discoveries at venues both new and familiar.  There was the memorable meeting with Napa wine pioneer, now in his 90s, Mike Grgich; and a road show get-together with the wineries in the Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands wine country. But dominating my time were the doctors […]

Silver Oak parties on with their latest vintage cabernet

Silver Oak parties on with their latest vintage cabernet

A movie premier would pale in comparison. A presidential inauguration would need more star-power to match up.  New Years Eve at the Ritz might not attract enough thirsty wine drinkers as the annual coming-out event for the latest vintage Silver Oak Napa Valley Release Day.  The latest was orchestrated by owner David Duncan last month at […]

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

A California bistro lives at Hilton Garden Inn

Today I was pondering how many lives were changed by that musical group, The Beach Boys, when they sang  “In the warm California Sun!”

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

C’est Magnifique when in the south of France

When travelers think of the south of France, they tend to picture yachts in Cannes and beachfront hotels sitting by white sandy coastline.  But that’s only one part of the picture.  There are many portraits of this French scenic land for anyone interested in culture, food and, of course, wine.

San Diego’s own fine wine festival — Vin Diego

I looked at him quizzically, not really accepting if the concept of “just wine” would go over for an event of the size he was hoping for.  That was two years ago, and I had just met David Fraschetti for the first time when he laid out his concept of this wine only for his […]

Banfi presents the Best of Italy at Solare

Banfi presents the Best of Italy at Solare

The mulled and ice wines of winter

The mulled and ice wines of winter

Seize the day and escape to Spain

Seize the day and escape to Spain

Romancing the  wines of SoCal — WoW!

Romancing the wines of SoCal — WoW!

  On March 7 and March 8, the bloom is on the vines of Temecula when more than 30 wineries, together, open their barrels for introductory tastes and bites, for guests with self-guided passports, at the World of Wine event (WoW).

Sharing a Table with the ‘King of Chardonnay’

Sharing a Table with the ‘King of Chardonnay’