East Coast Tasting Trails

Sep 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

George Washington with his whiskey and Sam Adams with his Boston beer set great traditions on the East Coast hundreds of years ago, but in the last 50 years, Califor... Read More

Merryvale Vineyards of St. Helena, California | Historic Napa Valley Winery

Sep 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Merryvale Vineyards has been turning exceptional Napa fruit into world-class wine for almost 30 years. The historic winery was the first one built in the Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, and it has become a must-see destination for visitors to the valley.... Read More

Wine Tasting Etiquette

Sep 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Linda Kissam

Tasting wine has an etiquette all its own. Whether you’re at a winery or wine bar the rules pretty much are the same. Expect to pay for the tasting. Free wine tasting seems to be a thing of the past, but on occasion you can still find a free tasting or two. The price will be somewhere between $1-$30 per person. Sometimes you will receive a souvenir glass, other times not. Sometimes you’ll be standing at the tasting bar, other times you will be seated. Often you can share your tasting with another guest, ask your server.... 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

Wine Insider and Expert Tasting Secrets

Jul 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne

To get the most that you can out of a wine tasting, and to substantiate a complete understanding of wine, you must step away from text books and actually taste the wine. And by taste we mean understand and truly absorb every drop with every sense. Some of these tips are common tasting techniques, some are little tricks that wine experts have gathered along their journey and shared with us. Make your next tasting a full-body experience with these useful insider tasting secrets.... 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

Williamsburg Winery: Virginia’s Largest Winery

Jun 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Encircled by 320 acres of woodland, field, and vineyards, Williamsburg Winery is just three miles from Colonial Williamsburg, yet it’s a world apart.... Read More

Cellar360: San Francisco's Ultimate Epicurean Experience

Apr 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Cellar360 San Francisco opened its doors to the public in the heart of the newly renovated, historic a Ghirardelli Square on October 15, 2007, to acclaim from a broad scope of guests from around the world.... Read More

Viansa Winery & Marketplace Pays Tribute to Sonoma's Earliest Winemakers

Mar 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Idyllically situated on a hilltop at the entrance to the legendary Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery & Marketplace has become a destination for wine and food lovers from around the world.... Read More

Hotel Yountville: The French Countryside Comes to Napa Valley

Mar 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Napa Valley is one of our all-time favorite destinations: gorgeous hotels and resorts, top-tier restaurants, beautiful weather, indulgent spas and, of course, world-class wines, all in one place.... Read More

Raymond Vineyards: Napa Valley Heritage 130 Years Strong

Mar 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

A hallmark in the Napa Valley since it was founded in 1971, Raymond Vineyards is enjoying a modern-day renaissance. It began in late 2009, when Burgundy’s innovative Boisset Family Estates purchased the winery to help build upon the Raymond family's rich 130-year heritage in the Napa Valley.... Read More

Temecula: Southern California's Land of the Sun

Mar 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher  |  2 Comments

The name Temecula comes from the Luiseno Indian word "Temecunga;" "temet" meaning "sun" and "ngna" which means "place of." The Spanish spelled the word "Temecula" which translated to "where the sun breaks through the mist."... Read More

Black Stallion Winery: Racing Ahead in the Wine Industry

Feb 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Located on a picturesque stretch of the Silverado Trail, Black Stallion Winery recalls the rustic charm of early California.... Read More

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