Posts tagged "Wine-tasting"
All Aboard: The Napa Valley Wine Train

All Aboard: The Napa Valley Wine Train

  Sometimes a video is worth more than a thousand words. So watch what happens when my world collides with a candy apple red Lexus‬, a few great friends, the Napa Valley Wine Train and many bottles of excellent wine in Wine Country courtesy of Passport Magazine and Out in the Vineyard.
Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip - Healdsburg

Day 16 | LivingWells California Road Trip – Healdsburg

In a county full of stars, Healdsburg shines bright for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the small-town glamour of the plaza that serves as the heartbeat of the enchanted town. On this plaza and the arteries that flow from it, a thriving food and wine scene flourishes alongside a range...
Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

So you’re thinking of getting engaged? After years of first dates, torrid affairs, one-night stands, false romantic starts and broken hearts, you’ve finally found the guy who makes you want sing at the top of your lungs, drop down on one knee and beg the question, ‘Will you marry me?’. Great. But now the question...
The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

Did someone say ‘weekend shopping expedition’?  Because if so, there is a new mecca in Sonoma County that is just screaming for your credit cards to make a holy pilgrimage. Sonoma County has never been a stranger to reinvention and there is perhaps no better recent example of that fact than last month’s reopening of...
Lasseter Family Winery: French Style, California Savvy

Lasseter Family Winery: French Style, California Savvy

In Sonoma, a good story pairs really well with a great bottle of wine – two things with which Glen Ellen’s Lasseter Family Winery is no stranger.  Though the Lasseter’s story has been well chronicled, the rudiments of it bear repeating here. More than two decades ago, John Lasseter, the movie mogul behind Pixar, and...
NYC’s Plan B Tapas is a Plan A Destination

NYC’s Plan B Tapas is a Plan A Destination

A few weeks ago, I tripped down to Nolita to sample the much vaunted creations of Chef Roberto Hanechak and owner/culture connoisseur Hemant Phul (Masala Times, Earth Nightclub). After many visits to Spain and in keeping with my unfettered fascination with the growing tapas trend across America, I was particularly enticed by the enthusiastically innovative Plan B...
In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Sonoma Valley there is much to savor. A bucolic landscape and dirt roads that harken back to simpler times. Roadside restaurants where menus overflow with the bounty of the Valley and its equally, naturally blessed surroundings. And, of course, wine – glorious, world-class wine that has earned California bragging rights around the globe. One...
Scene + Heard: Beaver Creek Food and Wine

Scene + Heard: Beaver Creek Food and Wine

I just touched down back in Los Angeles early last week after a whirlwind weekend in Colorado, where I attended the third installment of the Beaver Creek Food and Wine event, which annually draws scores of food and wine aficionados from around the country, along with a more than a fair amount of celebrity chefs....
Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is…

Doing The Del—Coronado, That Is… Overnight at the landmark Hotel del Coronado Duane Wells 8/2/2012 Pulling into the driveway of the Hotel del Coronado (more familiarly known simply as “The Del”), I was at first torn. As a swarm of tourists set upon the busy entrance to the legendary property, intermingling with a veritable army...
It’s A Coppola Life

It’s A Coppola Life

Francis Ford Coppola has brought absolute magic to the big screen with iconic films like American Graffiti, The Godfather Trilogy, Dracula and Apocalypse Now. He has likewise bottled magic in the form of the more than 40 wines produced at his state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Sonoma County.So is it a shocker that a visit to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery...
Iron Horse Vineyards …The Wine of Presidents, Kings, Queens and Popes

Iron Horse Vineyards …The Wine of Presidents, Kings, Queens and Popes

By Duane Wells If you’ve ever been the sort to turn up your nose to sparkling wines or consider yourself an exclusive devotee of French Champagnes, then I pray you give Iron Horse wines a chance to turn everything you thought you knew so consummately well on its ear. A few months back, I was...
Staycation Vacation Malibu: Rosenthal Wine Tasting Room

Staycation Vacation Malibu: Rosenthal Wine Tasting Room

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking…is Malibu known as a wine producing region? Well the short answer is no. However if you were to ask if there are quality wines being produced in Malibu, well then the answer would be yes and the most notable estate doing so belongs to legendary Los Angeles entrepreneur,...
‘Hot in the City’ Trend Alert: WINO, Wine Institute New Orleans

‘Hot in the City’ Trend Alert: WINO, Wine Institute New Orleans

When most people think of New Orleans they think of beads, boobs and  mind-numblingly strong cocktails like the Hurricane or the Sazerac which could easily flatly lay out even the biggest boozehounds in a matter of hours. Likewise, most folks also swoon over the big bold flavors that have come to define New Orleans-style Creole...