Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]

Paso Robles California

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Paso Robles is located in California’s Central Coast Wine Region in the San Luis Obispo county. The Paso Robles AVA is mostly known for Zinfandel grapes. However, it also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone blends such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. Since last year’s plans were so unceremoniously disrupted by Covid, this is our first [Read more …]

A Taste of the Andes Wine Dinner

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It has been too long since we have been able to enjoy an in-person dinner that paired food with wine. But they are starting to reappear in the San Francisco area. San Francisco’s Vault Garden teamed up with the Vine Connections (an importer that specializes in Chilean and Argentinian wines) that paired a five-course dinner [Read more …]

Old Vine Australian Wine

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The Australian Wine board recently held a curated virtual tasting of 11 different Australian wines in conjunction with the San Francisco Wine School. The wines were all sourced from “Old Vines” grown in a number of the country’s most renowned wine regions. As Covid was still restricting in-person wine tastings, we were sent small bottles [Read more …]

Exploring San Diego Neighborhoods

San Diego Petco Park

San Diego California in on the Pacific Ocean coast and is next to the United States–Mexico border. Since it was the first site where Europeans settled on the west coast, it is called the Birthplace of California. San Diego has lots of interesting neighborhoods to keep a visitor occupied. Gaslight Quarter The Gaslight District is [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon

Goodfellows wines

COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

cowhorn Wines

When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [Read more …]

A Tasting Tour of Oregon Wine Country

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Oregon graciously brought parts of its Wine Country to San Francisco on a recent day in March 2020. The event showcased wines from some of the state’s primary wine regions. Over 50 wineries participated in pouring their wines to an appreciative very audience. Samples of Oregon cheeses and charcuterie complemented the large, walk-around wine tasting. [Read more …]

Tre Bicchieri and the Top Wines of Italy

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Every year, the Italian food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso sponsors a tasting tour of Italian wines that win the organization’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri (“three glass”) designation. Gamberao Rosso’s panel of experts award this rating to only about one percent of the 45,000 wines tasted. Producers who win these designations are permitted to showcase these [Read more …]

Slow Wine Tour 2020

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What the heck is slow wine? A song? A dance? Both are true. But it is also a way to evaluate wine Slow Wine Editiore, based in Italy, decided to develop a hitherto new set of criteria for evaluating wine. Rather than assigning wines scores based solely on a critic’s review of “quality”, Slow Wine [Read more …]