Orange Country Great Wine Festival to Benefit Legal Aid Society

Enjoy wine, beer and spirits tastings from over 30 producers at the 2015 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival on May 2, 2015 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park, located in Irvine, California. The annual event, now in its fifth year treats patrons to more than 30 exceptional wineries, breweries and spirits, fine cuisine, a silent auction, and live musical entertainment. Created by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) […]

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Another Wine Blog is headed to Spain!

In a few hours I will board a plane headed for Barcelona! That’s right, I’m headed to Spain to visit the lovely land of Cava, Priorat and the sunny Mediterranean with the nice people at Freixenet. The visit promises to be busy. It’s part of a year-long celebration that began last November to mark the 100th anniversary since the first bottling of Freixenet. The trip will start with an in-depth look at the Freixenet Group’s […]

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Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Announces 2015 Winemaker Line-up, Plus New Events

Paso Robles, CA – February 17, 2015 – Garagiste Events today announced that tickets are now on sale for the third annual Santa Ynez Valley-based “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure,” which will feature over 60 of the area’s hard-to-find, micro-production commercial “garagiste**” winemakers. All festivities will take place at the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans’ Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California from March 27th – 29th. Proceeds benefit the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. Dubbed […]

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Kickstarter Project: Vintage 2015: A year in American wine

After a phenomenally successful Vintage 2014 documentary last year focusing on a challenging 2014 Central Coast growing season, Wil Fernandez has set his sights bigger. In just three days, his Kickstarter project for Vintage 2015 takes off, and you can be a part of it. Wil’s energy and drive make his projects artistic, creative AND educational. He tells stories that are not being told in a meaningful way that creates evangelists for his vision. Vintage […]

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The “F” Word and Mother Nature’s Lady Parts: VINTAGE 2014

If you think you know what someone means when she says “the ‘F’ Word,” you probably have not spent much time with a winemaker. Talk of Lady parts and Mother Nature’s ass — it was not quite was I expected when Wil Fernandez sent me a sneak preview of VINTAGE 2014: the stories behind the vines. I have seen some of the initial filming, and the photography is stunning, but I was not prepared to […]

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Vineyard Writing Retreats offered for Winter/Spring 2015

If you are a writer like me, you need peace and tranquility to do your best work. A beautiful view is an added bonus. If you are looking for a retreat where you can put pen to paper so-to-speak, Writing Between the Vines is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015 retreats. Five retreat locations are available for 2015, one in Texas’ Hill Country, one in British Columbia, Canada and three in California. Locations for single […]

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Santa Barbara wineries to premier Vintage 2014 films with Dec 10th Twitter Tasting

Nearly a year in the making, Kickstarter project Vintage 2014 is set to premier three short films online Wednesday, December 10 with a live simultasting of wines from growers and wineries featured in the eagerly anticipated documentary. Wine bloggers, food writers and wine industry professionals from around the country are being invited to apply to receive a bottle of wine produced from vineyards featured in the films, and join in the conversation. The bottles will […]

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WineWonkette on Kitchen Party Tonight for #UnCorkChocolate

Want to learn a bit more about wine and chocolate in a fast and fun on-line atmosphere? Another Wine Blog’s own WineWonkette Amy Corron Power will join Elise Bauer from Simply Recipes, the fabulous Wine Harlots‘ Nanette Eaton and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Expert Cy Olney on BakeSpace.com‘s Google+ Hangouts KitchenParty, hosted by Rene Lynch (@renelynch) & Babette Pepaj (@BakeSpace) tonight at 7 p.m. Houston Central Time (5 p.m. Pacific and 8 p.m. Eastern!) KitchenParty is produced by […]

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Good Texas wines honor Terroir

Many Texas wineries exhibit the hubris Texas has become known for all over the world — with a swagger and a determination, they attempt to bend Mother Nature over and whip her into submission. If it works for oil, then why shouldn’t it work for wine? Those wineries making mediocre wines claim any ‘perceived’ flaws can be attributed to the terroir (a French word that refers to the set of special characteristics of geography, geology […]

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