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J WineryRecently I had the opportunity to attend one of the greatest wine events on California's Central Coast, World of Pinot Noir. Attendees had the opportunity to taste stellar discoveries like Storm from South Africa, Leelanau Vintners Association of Michigan, and Austrialian Pinot Noirs.


I also had a chance to visit with some fantastic (personally) known producers including: Navarro (Anderson Valley), Talley (Arroyo Grande), Ryan Cochran (Santa Maria Valley)Gypsy Canyon (Sta Rita Hills),Verdad (Edna Valley)Hillard Bruce (Sta Rita Hills), Siduri (Northern CA) and many others.

Along the way I discussed Pinot Noir with some winemakers whose wine ...

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Turkish Wines VinoRai

Turkish Wine Cellar

Turkish Wine History:

So often it seems wine consumers first consider Western Europe as the originators of wine. Some may even take the step to consider the Roman Empire conquering vast territory and planting vineyards in those conquered lands.

Taking a deeper history dive, one would eventually find themselves discovering wines of Turkey. Wines of Turkey date back 7,000 years during a time when holidays celebrated each vintage.

Phryians (from what is now modern day Turkey) introduced wines to the Greeks. History tells us the Romans conquered the Greeks and a portion of the spoils of war was their ...
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World of pinot Noir


The annual World of Pinot Noir will be held at the luxurious Bacara Resort and Spa, in Santa Barbara California, this coming March 6-7th. This annual event will show-case some of the worlds very best Pinot Noirs and Burgundy. 

The days are filled with numerous events that weekend and day pass holders can select from. Just look at the above photo showing an eight-year vertical of Burgundy. 



World of Pinot Noir


The line-up of wines in a day is like going to Disneyland and being told you have two hours to take it all in. There is so much to do, so much to ...
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Where do wine aromas really come from?


Wine Nose, Drink, Pour

Sensory Experience

R Stuart

By Madeline Blasberg



A surprising number of new wine drinkers have the common misconception that wine aromas are the result of additives introduced during the production process. However, wine aromas are the result of chemical compounds present in the wine and can be organized into 3 categories - primary, secondary, and tertiary aromas according to where they come from.



Wine Glass



Wine Aromas are anything that is sensed using olfactory perception, meaning that the nose does all the work. Humans are able to smell more than 100,000 scents but identifying them, however, is an entirely greater challenge. Wine possesses more than 900 ...

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Lamb Shank


Throughout the year there are countless wine events, but none quite like the Ventura County Wine Trail Food and Wine Challenge. This event brings food and wine together the way they belong, paired, and tasted together. Local chefs and local winemakers put their goods to a pairing challenge. One bite is offered by the participating restaurant chefs, and one paired wine from the winemakers table. Revisiting the tables is encouraged. 

Sandy Seekins

Magnavino Cellars

The idea is simple, decide what team came up with the best pairing. A team of judges (tasting blind) is composed of sommeliers, foodies, restaurant people, bloggers, and winos. In ...

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Wine Pour

Technology has increased in recent years, so has the education level of the average consumer. The internet and smart phones allow information available in an instant. 

With this technology, the consumer has evolved with a greater awareness of the benefits of more organic foods. Some might say wine is also a food. At the end of the day wine is simply a fruit crop grown in a dirt field, that's fueled by God's weather.

Many Italian winemakers respect and understand the "Slow Wine" movement. In fact, more than 50 producers from 15 Italian wine regions have organized themselves ...
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World of Pinot Noir


There are always a lot of wines to choose from, and it can be difficult to know what are suggested purchases without having tasted a wine. Few are willing to spend $30, $50, or more on a wine, hoping it will be money well spent.

Vintages change, picking decisions change, blendings can change, and sometimes even winemakers change. I am fortunate enough to taste many wines each year. Some wines I taste at various events and dinners, some are samples sent to me, while others may be tasted in the tasting room. When I see a wine scores a 95 ...

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Australia's Top 5 Best Destinations

Wine Pour

Guest Post: Jane Roberts 


Author Bio:

Jane Robert is a Passionate blogger. She works on behalf of Turkish Travel Visa and she has been writing content on the web professionally since 2010. As an avid reader and blogger she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.


Australia's Best Destinations For Wine Lovers


Australian wines are equal to those produced in other parts of the world. Australia is the fourth largest producer of wines and almost every country imports Australian wines. Australia has always been travellers favourite, it could also hold true for ...

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Rex Pickett


The Sideways novel and film are arguably the most impactful wine entertainment in today's pop culture, and certainly for Santa Barbara County. Talking with Rex Pickett the author of the book, "Sideways" on his view of the impact of the film. 



Q - Could you share a bit about the varietals Pinot Noir and Merlot in relation to the characters in your novel Sideways?

"At the time that I wrote Sideways Pinot Noir was a semi-obscure grape variety coveted by wine geeks who spoke of Burgundy and Sonoma’s Russian River in rhapsodic terms.  I, who knew little about wine ...

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Best of the 805

(All photos copyright protected and taken by Shawn Burgert) 

The Best of the 805 is taking place this weekend, October 24/25th, at the historic Camarillo Ranch House. It is a loaded weekend event kicking off with a Friday night wine dinner featuring some of the very best local chefs including John Paolone of Cafe Firenze, Tim Kilcoyne of Scratch, Anastashia Chavez from Barrel House 101, and Gabe Garcia of Tierra Sur. 


Camarillo Ranch House


Saturday, October 25th, is the main event held from 1:00-5:00 PM. The event is loaded with live music, over 100 venders that include great wineries, breweries ...

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