7 New Napa Valley Pioneers

Sep 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Named "Napa" by the area’s native Wappo Indians for its abundant natural resources, this fertile valley boasts a long list of dedicated pioneers. The first was George Calvert Yount who, nearly 190 years ago, established the region’s first homestead and planted its very first grapevines.... Read More

John Sarich, Culinary Director at Chateau Ste Michelle

Sep 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Maralyn D. Hill

While visiting Chateau Ste Michelle, we were fortunate to have Culinary Director, John Sarich, lead a tour of the Chateau. After discovering all this wonderful winery has to offer, we enjoyed a wine pairing, prepared especially for our International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association group.... Read More

Winery and Art Gallery in One | Trisaetum of Newberg, Oregon

Sep 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Fate, family, and fortune all played vital roles in the creation of Trisaetum (tris-say-tum), a blossoming winery located in the heart of Oregon’s Ribbon Ridge AVA. Founders James and Andrea Frey say it all began when they fell in love on their Napa Valley honeymoon—with winemaking.... Read More

Rancho Caymus Inn of Rutherford, California

Sep 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

The land where Rancho Caymus Inn now stands was once awarded to pioneer George C. Yount as part of the Napa Valley’s first land grant. Today the 26-suite inn provides guests an elegant retreat in the heart of the world-famous Rutherford Bench wine country. It is lovingly owned by the winemaking Komes family who also own Flora Springs Vineyards & Winery and Toad Hollow Cellars.... Read More

Sangria Recipe From Thornton Winery

Sep 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Linda Kissam  |  1 Comment

Summer is on it’s way out — so make your way into the kitchen to recreate your own version of the beloved Sangria that is served at Thornton Winery Jazz Concerts.... Read More

Distinctive Washington White Wines

Sep 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

The long, sunlit days and cool, brisk nights of a Washington summer are easy to savor. You’ll find them in the white wines made from the more than 13,500 vineyard acres of grapes that grow across the state.... Read More

Stags Leap Winery | History and Enchantment in Napa Valley

Sep 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

The majesty of Stags Leap Winery astonishes many first-time visitors. Located on the east side of the Napa Valley, the 240-acre estate rests in its own intimate valley, graced with natural beauty, historic buildings, gardens, and a legendary reputation for elegant wines that express their unique terroir.... Read More

Santiago Sommelier | A Week of Wine in Western Chile

Sep 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Chile boasts a wine industry that dates back to the 1550s when Spaniards first planted grapes there. The country contains 14 major wine regions that produce and export varietals we all know such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as more unique grapes like Carmenere. Some in the wine world even argue that Chile’s phylloxera-free vines (a boon thanks to the country’s geographic isolation) are some of the world’s purest expressions of these varietals.

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The Northern Central Coast From Summit, to Bay, to Valley

Aug 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

On the first evening of my six-day tour, I stood on the deck of Silver Mountain Vineyards’ Santa Cruz Mountain tasting room to watch the spectacular sunset.... Read More

Miraflores Winery: Tuscan Escape in Northern California

Aug 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Although Miraflores is relatively new on the wine tasting maps, it has already earned a place at the top of the savvy wine tourer’s list of places to visit. It’s just a short drive along winding country roads from the old gold rush town of Placerville until one comes upon the majestic winery, perched on a hill above undulating vineyards.... Read More

Calcareous Vineyard of Paso Robles, California: A Family Affair

Aug 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

A shared family passion and some wine business know-how are the keys to success at Calcareous Vineyard. The winery was established in 2000 by Lloyd Messer, whose hunt for ideal growing conditions for terroir-driven wines brought him to the coveted west side of Paso Robles.... Read More

Wine Pairing: Rules Are Meant to be Broken

Aug 2, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

It has been said that when pairing wine with food that red wine goes well with red meat and that white wine pairs well with fish and poultry. However, this rule fails to acknowledge the complexity of ingredients that make up a dish, as well as the wide range of wines available. There are some basic guidelines that can be taken into consideration when selecting a good food/wine pairing. Generally, the chosen wine should complement the dish.... Read More

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Blending Wine With Spanish Tradition

Jul 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

It is more than fitting that Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards lies at the gateway to Sonoma wine country. While the wines are pure California, the culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance, making it an ideal first — as well as last — stop in the wine tourer’s itinerary.... Read More

Virginia is for Wine Lovers: Tours and Tastings Across the State

Jul 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

The beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia is a wonderful place to tour, taste, and vacation. Geographically, it runs the gamut, offering towering mountains, gentle rolling hills, green valleys, and flat coastal plains, peninsulas, and beaches.... Read More

Charbay Winery & Distillery of St. Helena, California

Jul 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

The drive up winding Spring Mountain Road above St. Helena to Charbay Winery & Distillery is the first hint to visitors that they’re in for a real treat.... Read More

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