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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…

Tips for Packing Your Suitcase to Travel Conveniently

After many trips of 2-5 weeks to international destinations I have settled on a great way to pack for the long haul, although each adventure is somewhat different. Since I tend to travel in the late spring and fall,…

Holy Saint-Joseph!

I have been a little late coming to the party with regard to Northern Rhône wines. Back in June at a wine dinner in London at Berry Bros and Rudd, I had my epiphany about the beautiful Syrahs that…

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…

Burgundy in LA

Last night I attended Importer Frederick Wildman and Sons Burgundy walk around tasting at Wally’s Wines in Los Angeles. The lineup included 2010 and 2011 whites (Chardonnay in Burgundy) from Chateau Fuisse (Pouilly Fuisse) Olivier Leflaive, whose wines ranged from his inexpensive, drink…

Le Comte (The Count), Part Deux

This past week, I attended another Bordeaux wine tasting at Wally’s Wines in Los Angeles. The event featured Count Stephan von Neipperg and wines from five of his properties on both the left and right banks of the Gironde estuary…

Beaucoup de Vins de Bordeaux!

With Count Stephan von Neipperg of Château Canon La Gaffelière and my purple teeth at the private 2010 Vintage Tasting event of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (Great Wines) this past Saturday in Los Angeles, the second…

The Grand Lady of Pauillac

Anyone who knows me understands my love of French culture…style, fashion, design, art, history, cuisine, but most especially, French wine. Last evening I enjoyed this elegant, magnificent wine…a 1999 Bordeaux from Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. This wine…