ElectionsVote My only opportunity in the past to taste Hearthstone Estate Wines from Paso Robles was during a very brief visit at the LA Epicurean Fest 2012. But their lineup had made an impression, so I was thrill(more..)

ElectionsVote Avignonesi wines are shaped by our soils, by our grapes and by our vineyards. In other words, our ‘terroir’ permeates everything we do. As such, our goal is to be the best custodians of th(more..)

ElectionsVote Rhone Rangers, one of the first annual events I was turned onto when I “dedicated myself to wine” in 2007, is still one of my favorites. Not only for its focus on Rhone varietals* like Gre(more..)

ElectionsVote Oh dear, the ladies stepped it up a notch this year! The ladies, those being the hardworking ladies for the Assistance League Santa Clarita, not only gathered a unique group of non-commercial Santa Cl(more..)

ElectionsVote It took a few weeks to find the time to dedicate myself to read and focus on the messages in Brent Boso’s 74-page book on leadership for restaurant managers. However, once I did, I didn’t (more..)

ElectionsVote This Wine Affair promised to wow us with new wine and food vendors, and they didn’t fail in that endeavor. People were dancing, sipping and sampling for four fun-filled hours as Towne Center Dri(more..)

ElectionsVote The San Francisco Competitions Double Gold Tour gives wine and spirits professionals a unique opportunity to taste the Competitions' top winners and to discover the next trending tastes, styles and va(more..)

ElectionsVote Let me start with a note on these wineries that were due a re-visit: I think what happened was that in writing about wine I was looking toward newer places and really let my older standbys...stand by.(more..)

ElectionsVote After visiting the PureCru wine bar on the first night of our recent trip to Napa Valley we spent our second day tackling a wee bit more: Regusci Winery, Hall, Del Dotto and Vintner's Collective. The (more..)

ElectionsVote There is an alternative for wine tasters that are ready to explore more after Napa winery tasting rooms shut down at night: get thee to the Pure Cru wine bar and tasting room in downtown Napa to taste(more..)