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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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Wild and Wonderful New Zealand

When I lived in Western Pennsylvania several years ago, I remembered the “Wild and Wonderful West Virginia” signs that would greet me at the Pa/W.Va state line. I had not really thought about those signs for quite a while……

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And the Winner is…

As part of my ongoing wine journey and in preparation for delving into winemaking, I recently joined Cellarmasters of Los Angeles, a home winemaker’s club. Perfect timing! The 40th Annual Home Winemaker’s competition was just around the corner. Judges…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…