Wine Regions

Languedoc Wine



History often reveals revolutionaries and pioneers as brave explorers that are often greatly respected and admired. Vineyard growers and people producing wine in the Languedoc region in the south of France show all signs of being those that are planting a stake in the ground to establish something great.


The dichotomy is that while Languedoc is both the oldest and largest producing region (220K Hectares or 544K acres from the city of Nimes to Spain) in France, it is still a region that appears to be reestablishing itself in the wine world, and it deserves recognition. 
"The terroir of the ...
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Big Secret in Napa Valley

Arcadi Wine

Napa Valley Cabernet is so often the go to wine for many wine aficionados. I have often been curious to the question of how/when a Cabernet producer like Screaming Eagle, Bryant Family, Harlan Estate, and so many others, move from entering the market place, to becoming a high demand, California Cult Wine.

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with an assistant to one of the worlds most notable cult winemakers (Heidi Barrett), his name, Tony Arcudi. Arcudi, now producing a very limited production (around 250 cases) of his first wine released under the name, Arcudi.

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Hahn Family Wines Sable Fish


Holman Ranch Wine Cave


Hahn Vineyards

When wine travelers are asked for what they look for in a wine trip, the response is typically interest in: beautiful locations, education, and good wines. For those feeling a bit adventurous and willing to break out and discover something new, consider Carmel Valley, Monterey County, and the Santa Lucia Highlands region of California's Central Coast. 

After a recent trip to this region, I found fantastic discoveries that I would suggest are highly recommended. Here is a suggested guideline to use for planning your next trip to wine country.
Hofsas House Sunset
Day 1: 
Plan your stay in Carmel by the sea ...
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Larner Corks

It is often said, "Wine is made in the vineyard." If this statement is true, then it might be a foregone conclusion that winemakers select their vineyards very carefully. Most industry professionals would likely agree that the fruit source is key, and is the reason so many consumers buy wines from specific regions and designated vineyards.


Larner General Store Vineyard


I had the honor being included in a rare viewing/tasting of the Larner Vineyard located in a newly (Oct 2013) designated AVA, Ballard Canyon, in Santa Barbara County. The tasting was a focused tasting of seven different winemakers' wines, all sourcing from the ...

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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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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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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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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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Stolpman Vineyard

Windmill Ranch

For the '805' there has been some big news in the wine world within the past couple of weeks. Ballard Canyon is the newest recognized wine region inside of Santa Barbara County. 


What does this mean? 


Ballard Canyon AVA


A couple of things, starting with wine labels likely will show off the new AVA name, Ballard Canyon. In my view, on some level there is a science to this, and on the other hand, it becomes marketing.


Stolpman Vineyard


(Above Single Photo - Taken by Lee Tomkow with my camera)



As Ballard Canyon is noted for producing stellar Rhones (like Viognier,Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache ...

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