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Bordeaux 2017 | Impressions From A Challenged Vintage While my affinity for the wines from picturesque Northern California has been well-documented, it was actually Bordeaux that first stirred the soul of the budding oenophile within me. I devoured the pages of books like Noble Rot and Billionaires Vinegar, which shed a glimmer of light on this prominent yet […]

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Enter the Rodney Strong Master Blender Sweepstakes Those who have been fortunate enough to experience the stunning natural beauty of Sonoma County and everything it has to offer are sure to warmly greet the opportunity to return. For those who have never experienced its verdant, mesmerizing landscape, world-class wines and incredible farm-to-table cuisine – this […]

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Historic Charm Melds With Modern Luxury at the Santa Ynez Inn The Santa Ynez Inn takes its name from the quaint town of Santa Ynez, where it’s located at the entrance to Santa Ynez Valley’s scenic wine country. Not only is its location incredibly convenient should your stay include plans to explore Santa Barbara Wine […]

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Surprise Awaits You in Santa Barbara Wine Country The hit 2004 film Sideways put Santa Barbara’s Wine Country on the map. After the success of the film, audiences were treated to a snapshot of what this stunning region has to offer – awe inspiring vistas with endless rolling hills concealing a patchwork of windy roads and […]

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The Landsby Hotel | Savor Your Stay in Solvang Founded in 1911 by Danish settlers, the charming, emphatically Danish town of Solvang is but a short forty minute drive (a scenic one at that via CA-154) from the city of Santa Barbara. If Solvang’s convenient, central location makes sense as your home base while exploring […]

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Upgrade Your Tasting Experience With Arrowood’s New “Private Seated Tasting” The popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon is no secret, and readers often ask for my recommendations when planning a trip to Sonoma and Napa since I spend so much time there; and while I’m immensely fond of Sonoma and Napa producers alike, I often find myself […]

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Italy’s Tenuta Sette Ponti Produces a Pair of Tuscans to Treasure While the words ‘Super Tuscan’ and ‘Superb Value’ are rarely uttered within the same sentence, the Tenuta Sette Ponti estate, nestled in the heart of Italy’s Chianti region, continues to produce uncommonly distinctive wines that over-deliver for their respective price points. Two wines in […]

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Fall for Cabernet! | My Best Cabernet Under $100 Selections As the vestiges of summer become nothing more than warm fading memories, what do you look forward to most? For me, the cooler weather brings with it a few of my favorite things. From watching the spectacular fall foliage transform the landscape, to sipping warm […]

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October is Merlot Month | Drink Napa and Sonoma Merlot As you have probably heard, Northern California has been ravaged by devastating wildfires that began unexpectedly on the evening of October 9, 2017. The combination of extremely dry, hot conditions and the blistering Diablo winds caused widespread sections of wine country to explode with uncontrollable […]

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Zachys Makes a Bold Splash onto the DC Wine Scene I recently had the opportunity to experience a few exciting firsts: I attended my first auction bidding party as well as my first wine auction. It was a double whammy of oenophilic excitement, as attendees competed for incredible lots while sipping the exalted likes of […]

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