Temecula Valley Wine Country: A Perfect Wine Destination For Any Season

by Mike Reifeiss

California is adorned with beautiful landscapes bathed by the Pacific Ocean and rich in fruitful soils. “I love your fertile valleys”, as the lyrics of California Official State Song declare. If you are a wine lover and want to discover the secrets behind hundreds of world-class wines, welcome to Temecula Valley Wine Country. Celebrating the 50 years anniversary, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country now boasts over 40 licensed wineries which offer an intelligent selection of wines to suit any taste. Temecula is a dream destination for groups of tourists who want to explore its wineries or book a venue…

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3 Lessons From a Unique Harvest

by Mark Aselstine

This year has posed an interesting harvest on a few notes. Here’s some of what as an industry and as consumers, we should learn from it. The Labor Shortage is Real: Every year, I end up with a few emails from winemakers asking for some extra help picking grapes. This year, it was taken to an extreme. One Saturday morning I had 5 requests for help harvesting grapes. It seems that a combination of low unemployment and a federal government with a negative view of immigration, has kept away even many of those legal, seasonal workers that the wine…

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Nine things you should stop believing about wine right now

by Lauren Volper

The 80’s ruined a lot of things for all of us; there was a lot of shoulder-pad abuse, backcombing of hair, and universal serving of white zinfandel at dinner parties. There still seems to be a lot of misconception leftover from that era, and working in a restaurant I get a fair share of wine myths from the front lines. These are the most common wine myths I feel compelled to debunk based on years of serving experience. I hope this helps some of you shake free of the misinformation and become better informed! Sweet wines are all…

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Winery Tours in California

by Mike Reifeiss

California has plenty assets that lure tourists to its sunny land all year round. One of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can enjoy here are the wine tasting tours. This attraction is not only a delight for thirsty palates, but also for eyes that long for beauty and for souls that need peace of mind. Too much can’t be said about the splendid wineries of San Diego and Temecula Valley and the exquisite wine varieties that are produced here. So, I am going to keep it short and summarize everything I would like to say about these tours…

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Wine Tips: What’s with the Swirling, Slurping and Sloshing?

by Rich Abbruscato

In wine tasting circles, you sometimes hear about four S’s - Sniffing, Swirling, Sipping and Spitting. They are meant to be informative for someone new to wine tasting. But sniffing and sipping are so obvious as to be a little patronizing. As for spitting, we’ll leave that to the professional tasters who can taste over 100 wines in a day. Most of us are just wine lovers; we’ll swallow. As for the Swirling, there is something to that. And we would like to add two more useful (and fun) S’s – Slurping and Sloshing. Swirling Swirling the wine…

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Running the number's on Rudy's fake wines

by Stuart George

Several months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that at least $550m worth of Rudy Kurniawan’s faked and forged wine is still in the market. This isn’t the first time this figure has been quoted – it appears in almost all recent articles about wine fraud. But is it accurate? Firstly, it is an extraordinarily high figure. Indeed, it is more than the total fine wine auction market in 2017, reported by Wine Spectator as totalling $381.7m. The $550m figure has been circulated since at least December 2016. To be clear, it is challenging to find accurate figures…

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Three of the best cities around the world for vegan food and wine

by Rob Jones

For foodies and wine aficionados, one of the great pleasures of travelling to new cities on holiday is exploring the local restaurant scene, and trying some local delicacies. For vegan wine and food lovers, however, this isn’t always straight-forward. Fortunately, in the last few years, restaurants have become more aware of the vegan diet, with many places now offering far more vegan-friendly options for both food and drink. If you’re thinking of booking a city break, here are three places to consider: Portland, USA Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city of Portland, OR, is a real haven for vegan…

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All You Need to Know About Moravian Wine

by Amanda Wilson

As we have been sharing Moravian wine and converting just about everyone into loyalists, we’ve received many questions about the region. What is the climate? What is the terrior like? What are the major grape varieties grown? And I LOVE getting these questions! People are genuinely wanting to know why these wines they have never had before are as good as they are. So I thought I’d put together a little cheat sheet to help people get an idea of just how these delicious wines come to be. Of course the only way you will truly understand is to…

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