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Franciscan Winery is an Oakville District Find

Franciscan Winery is an Oakville District Find

The rich, vibrant flavors of Franciscan wines have been drawing Napa Valley visitors for nearly 40 years.
September 28, 2012 in Wine Guide
Tying the Knot in Temecula Valley

Tying the Knot in Temecula Valley

Wine-loving grooms and brides-to-be, rejoice: Temecula Valley wine country offers plenty of beautiful places where you can tie the knot.
September 14, 2012 in Wine Guide
Bennett Lane Winery Scores High With Sauvignon

Bennett Lane Winery Scores High With Sauvignon

Thirty-three wines from Bennett Lane, located in California's Napa Valley, have earned scores of 90 points or more from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Advocate.
August 24, 2012 in Wine Guide
Robert Hall Honors Paso Robles With Rhone Wines

Robert Hall Honors Paso Robles With Rhone Wines

Robert Hall winery makes impressive Rhône wines that reflect the best of Paso Robles.
August 17, 2012 in Wine Guide
Steven Kent Winery Bets on Bordeaux

Steven Kent Winery Bets on Bordeaux

In the Livermore Valley, Steven Kent Mirassou has made it his mission to craft the best Bordeaux wines possible.
August 10, 2012 in Wine Guide
Herzog Wine Cellars Pairs Wines With Zagat-Rated Gourmet Food

Herzog Wine Cellars Pairs Wines With Zagat-Rated Gourmet Food

An easy drive north of Los Angeles, a five-star Mediterranean restaurant and winery await your visit.
August 3, 2012 in Wine Guide
Willamette Valley Vineyards Offers Complex, Heady Oregon Blend

Willamette Valley Vineyards Offers Complex, Heady Oregon Blend

This historic vineyard distills the essence of the Beaver State in its acclaimed Pinot Noir and other cool-climate varietals.
June 29, 2012 in Wine Guide
WillaKenzie Estate's Recipe for Success: Terroir Plus Ingenuity

WillaKenzie Estate's Recipe for Success: Terroir Plus Ingenuity

WillaKenzie Estate in Oregon makes excellent Pinot Noir using the full potential of its terroir and ingenious, sustainable production methods.
June 15, 2012 in Wine Guide
Le Boat Lets Visitors Savor the South of France

Le Boat Lets Visitors Savor the South of France

Luxury boat rental company Le Boat gives visitors a chance to tour the Languedoc-Roussillon wine country in the south of France, tailoring the experience to their individual tastes and interests.
June 8, 2012 in Wine Guide
Skinner Vineyards and Winery Reclaims Family History

Skinner Vineyards and Winery Reclaims Family History

More than 150 years ago, James Skinner founded a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Now the family of his descendant is renewing the Skinner legacy.
June 1, 2012 in Wine Guide
J. Lohr Educates and Pleases Wine Lovers

J. Lohr Educates and Pleases Wine Lovers

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines gives devotees of California wine a chance to learn more about it -- and, of course, to savor plenty of it.
May 9, 2012 in Wine Guide
Papapietro Perry Winery Has Gone From Garage to Greatness

Papapietro Perry Winery Has Gone From Garage to Greatness

Papapietro Perry Winery began in a garage as the hobby of friends Ben Papapietro and Bruce Perry. Now it's one of the best Pinot Noir producers around.
April 5, 2012 in Wine Guide
Oak Ridge: Oldest Winery in Lodi Knows How to Keep Things Small

Oak Ridge: Oldest Winery in Lodi Knows How to Keep Things Small

The winery that pioneered the Lodi, California appellation is keeping to its roots while expanding distribution.
April 3, 2012 in Wine Guide
Markham Vineyards Draws on Napa Valley for Exquisite Blends

Markham Vineyards Draws on Napa Valley for Exquisite Blends

Kimberlee Nicholls, winemaker for Markham Vineyards, uses grapes from many Napa Valley locations to create unique and exquisite blends.
April 2, 2012 in Wine Guide
Galena Cellars Puts Illinois on the Winemaking Map

Galena Cellars Puts Illinois on the Winemaking Map

Illinois may not be the first place that leaps to mind when you think of great wine, but Christine Lawlor of Galena Cellars is winning wine lovers over to her state's terroir.
March 23, 2012 in Wine Guide
Delectus Vineyard is the

Delectus Vineyard is the "Ultimate Choice" for Artisanal California Wine

Eighth-generation winemaker Gerhard Reisacher brought his passion for artisanal winemaking from Austria to California, and since 1995 he and his wife have been continuing the family tradition.
March 21, 2012 in Wine Guide
Chacewater Makes Nevada County a Land of Wine and Olive Oil

Chacewater Makes Nevada County a Land of Wine and Olive Oil

Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill in the Sierra Foothills grew out of a land purchase from a California monastery. Now a former monk manages the mill, and the wines and olive oils are winning awards.
March 20, 2012 in Wine Guide
Biltmore Estate's Award-Winning Winery is Worth the Trip

Biltmore Estate's Award-Winning Winery is Worth the Trip

Biltmore Estate is an award-winning North Carolina winery that's more than worth the trip to see in person.
March 17, 2012 in Wine Guide
B Cellars Winery Bottles Flavorful Blends

B Cellars Winery Bottles Flavorful Blends

B Cellars Winery in California is blending different varietals to make startlingly new creations, revolutionizing winemaking in the process.
March 16, 2012 in Wine Guide
Albion River Inn, a Mendocino Getaway

Albion River Inn, a Mendocino Getaway

The historic Albion River Inn, just minutes away from the town of Mendocino, lets you savor the wines of Anderson Valley in comfort and style.
March 15, 2012 in Wine Guide
Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a Traditional Taste of California Living at its Finest

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a Traditional Taste of California Living at its Finest

Experience the heart and heritage of Santa Barbara Wine Country on Alisal's 10,000-acre working cattle ranch.
September 7, 2011 in Wine Guide
Sequoia Grove Winery, a Napa Valley Sweet Spot

Sequoia Grove Winery, a Napa Valley Sweet Spot

Sequoia Grove wines are just right and then some. Try one of the best Cabernet Savignon's under a grove of ancient coastal redwood trees in the heart of Napa Valley.
September 7, 2011 in Wine Guide
Peju: High-Quality Wines, Unique Experience, and Exceptional Customer Care

Peju: High-Quality Wines, Unique Experience, and Exceptional Customer Care

Peju has been named Top Artisan Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine and has been noted as a producer of Top California Cabernets by Wine Spectator, and in 2009 became just one of 21 Napa Val
September 7, 2011 in Wine Guide
The Napa River Inn, a Unique Urban Wine Experience in Downtown Napa

The Napa River Inn, a Unique Urban Wine Experience in Downtown Napa

Experience all that Napa Valley has to offer at the enchanting Napa River Inn.
September 7, 2011 in Wine Guide
Lucchesi Winery, The View Forever Vineyard

Lucchesi Winery, The View Forever Vineyard

The blossoming winery has more than scenic views to admire, it has also won numerous awards for what some say are the regions finest grapes.
September 7, 2011 in Wine Guide
The Art of Growing Wine

The Art of Growing Wine

Tony Soter of Etude Wines believes great wines are grown and not made. Here, a look at how this winery masters the craft of winegrowing.
September 6, 2011 in Wine Guide
Russian Hill -- A Love of Pinot Noir and Syrah

Russian Hill -- A Love of Pinot Noir and Syrah

Try these elegant, textural wines at a tasting room known for its view. And don't forget to pat the winery dogs.
September 6, 2011 in Wine Guide
The Inn at the Tides -- Simple Elegance Along the Sonoma Coast

The Inn at the Tides -- Simple Elegance Along the Sonoma Coast

This friendly enclave may have a faint feeling of recognition for some first-time guests. The reason: Alfred Hitchcock selected Bodega Bay as the film location for his legendary film 'The Birds.'
September 6, 2011 in Wine Guide
Trione Vineyards Offers a Taste of the Alexander and Russian River Valleys

Trione Vineyards Offers a Taste of the Alexander and Russian River Valleys

This winery's Old Stone Building can be an intriguing stop for wine tourers eager for a taste of Sonoma County history.
September 6, 2011 in Wine Guide

Swiftwater Cellars -- A 'Destination Within a Destination'

This winery is built in the style of a coal mining tipple house right next to the mineshaft, and its authentic mining artifacts are a reminder of bygone days.
September 6, 2011 in Wine Guide

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