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Wine is Just Natural at AmByth Estate

I discovered AmByth Estate of Templeton, Ca (Paso Robles Wine Region) last May at the RAW Artisan Wine Fair in London. I talked with the owners and winemakers Mary Morwood Hart and Phillip Hart, and tasted their wines. AmByth Estate is the…

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A Tale of Two Wine Cities

No, I don’t mean Paris and Bordeaux. I’m talking about two alternative wine destinations I visited recently on California’s Central Coast…Tin City in Paso Robles and The Lompoc Ghetto in Lompoc, Santa Barbara Country. Inhabitants of both “cities” are passionate boutique winemakers, some…

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“Wine is Bottled Poetry”…at J Ludlow

I have said this countless times. Every trip to a wine destination near or far uncovers a little gem, that special place where the terroir and the wine are in perfect harmony. This time, that place was J Ludlow.…

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The Six Degrees of Bernard Portet

A few months ago, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting acclaimed winemaker, Bernard Portet, of Clos du Val fame, at a small luncheon at Lucques in Los Angeles, where he showcased his “post-retirement” wines under the Heritance label. More about…

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A New Vintage Begins…Bud Break in Santa Barbara County

Spring is here, and along with it, new life…a new vintage, 2013. Here in California, frost and freeze possibilities look to be behind us. What challenges lie ahead? Heat waves? An unusual storm? Cooler than normal weather? Fires?  Pests?…

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A Star in Paso Robles

  Like many things in life, sometimes the best experiences happen spontaneously. Such was the case during my recent wine tasting trip to Paso Robles, on California’s beautiful central coast…an area that has been getting much deserved attention in…

Happy Birthday Grape Gazette!

The Grape Gazette is one year old! The time has gone quickly as I embark on a second, even more exciting year sharing my wine experiences with you. I ended the year appropriately, tasting wine in Paso Robles, California.…

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Happy New Year from the Grape Gazette!

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Plautus At Booker Vineyard Paso Robles, California, over the weekend… Until next time…à votre santé and Happy 2013! Photo by Christine Humphrey ©2013…