Barolo: King of Italy

Barolo: King of Italy

Nestled in the picturesque Langhe hills of northwest Italy lies one of the world’s greatest wine regions, Barolo. We spent a few days in June touring through this part of the wine world and found some of the most beautiful vineyards we have ever seen.…

El Dorado: Their’s gold in them there wines

El Dorado: Their’s gold in them there wines

Once a booming industry around the turn of the century, El Dorado wine had essentially disappeared following prohibition and the end of the gold rush. Growers re-discovered this region located at the ascent of the foothills in the 1970’s and El Dorado County is once…

Calaveras County Wine and Frog Jumping

Calaveras County Wine and Frog Jumping

Mark Twain made Calaveras County famous in his story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. You can still find frogs in every shape and size but when it comes to wine, you will be hard pressed to find a toad. Calaveras County is home…

Nothing Sheepish About Carneros

Nothing Sheepish About Carneros

Twenty years ago, a drive up Highway 12 from I-80 to Sonoma would have offered rolling hills covered with grass and an occasional herd of cattle grazing on a hillside. We have driven this path scores of times visiting family in the Sonoma valley and…

Austria – A New Taste of an Old Wine Region

Austria – A New Taste of an Old Wine Region

If you think that Austria is about Mozart, Strauss, the Sound of Music and Arnold Schwarzenegger you are missing out on one of wines best-kept secrets. Austria produces less than one percent of the worlds wine but most who taste it believe it to be…

Oregon Pinot: Oh Yes

Oregon Pinot: Oh Yes

Oregon has made a name for itself for its world class wine. Oregon produces some of the best pinot noir and pinot gris in the world and has become one of the standards that the pinot pair is judged by. Situated close to the same…

Shaking up Paso Robles

Shaking up Paso Robles

Paso Robles is one of the most seismically active regions in California, which says a lot considering the states reputation as an earthquake center. A few weeks ago we had a chance to experience a 6.0 earthquake, fortunately at the time we were not standing…