Taste of Wine

The pursuit of Banfi Wines has been one for perfection

The pursuit of Banfi Wines has been one for perfection

The journey began for Banfi and the Mariani family, Americans John and Harry, some 34 years ago, when they carefully assembled 7,100 acres in Italy in a constellation of single vineyards in the southern Tuscan countryside of Montalcino. 

With summer in the air it’s time for the German riesling

With summer in the air it’s time for the German riesling

I love the festive atmosphere of a German celebration. 

‘Big,’ ‘bold,’ only just begin to describe taste of a Lewis wine

‘Big,’ ‘bold,’ only just begin to describe taste of a Lewis wine

Big, bold and concentrated just begin to describe what’s in store when a Lewis Wine meets the palate. 

Small plates, big pours and big news at Flemings

Small plates, big pours and big news at Flemings

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an unforgettable night of fun and flavor in a palatial setting where the culinary good life is toasted nightly. 

Temecula Wineries open their hearts to troops

Temecula Wineries open their hearts to troops

The wineries and the community of Temecula are opening up their hearts and wallets to Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez who chose Temecula to be his home after suffering a triple amputation of both legs and an arm in combat in Afghanistan. The goal is to build a “smart home” with state-of-the-art features to allow him […]

Italian wines have had a checkered life in the U.S.

Italian wines have had a checkered life in the U.S.

Italian wines have had a checkered life here in the U.S. For a time, led by Chianti with its Sangiovese, the grape of origin in Tuscany, it seemed it was on every table either California grown and bottled, or brought over by an army of Italian makers, who sensed they could fill the jugs with […]

Milagro Farm worth the backcountry trip up the hill

Milagro Farm worth the backcountry trip up the hill

San Diego County is a late-bloomer in the booming California wine industry. Maybe it’s because in my home area, we have been so busy building homes and commercial properties, that we forgot our roots — growing and producing wine like the first missionaries in the 16th century.When the Franciscan fathers were sent north and settled […]

Understanding wine labels is like learning another language

Understanding wine labels is like learning another language

Federal regulators are eyeing the maze of wine label information on bottles of wine. I have before me five bottles of wine: a French, Italian, Australian and two California wines, one in Monterey and one in Temecula Valley. They couldn’t be more different in their presentations of information presumably to help buyers in making their […]

Twisted Vine makes a fine comfort hangout for ‘grapeheads’

Twisted Vine makes a fine comfort hangout for ‘grapeheads’

The latest creation to attract the burgeoning population of “grapeheads” who love chef-inspired cuisine paired with wines from all over the world, is bistro-wine bar Twisted Vine off the 56 Freeway at Camino Del Sur in San Diego. Twisted Vine at once offers nutritious global-inspired menu items by Executive Chef Mia Sailing, the fifth-generation Italian wine […]

Follow the De Portola Trail to find some vine pleasures

Follow the De Portola Trail to find some vine pleasures

There is a growing family of wineries in the Temecula Valley along De Portola Road. All put down roots less than 10 years ago and all are committed to small production, high-quality wines with a southern European character. The De Portola Trail runs south and generally parallel to the larger and busier Rancho California Road. […]