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Silver Oak, Vintage Cabernet, Napa Valley, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Silver Oak Parties On with their Latest Vintage Cabernet

A movie premier would pale in comparison. A presidential inauguration would need more star-power to match up. New Years Eve at the Ritz might not...
San Diego, Fine Wine Festival, Vin Diego, Wine, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

San Diego’s Fine Wine Festival-Vin Diego

I looked at him quizzically, not really accepting if this concept of “just wine” would go over for an event of the size he was hoping for. That was...
Banfi, Italian Wine, Best of Italy, Solare, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Banfi Presents the Best of Italy at Solare

When I learned that the legendary Castello Banfi of Montalcino was making a presentation in San Diego and had chosen San Diego’s Solare Ristorante...
Wines of Winter, Italian Wines, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Wines of Winter

Here in the San Diego area, not much is said or done about two kinds of wine that are household words back East, where its cold and some times snowy...
Ribera De Duero, Wine, Seize the Day, Escape to Spain, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Seize the Day and Escape to Spain

Of all the great wine countries of the world, Spanish wines seem the most mysterious. There’s a lot to learn. In my two trips to Spain, once to...
Romancing, Wines of SoCal, Temecula, San Diego, Italian wines, Italian food

Romancing the Wines of SoCal – WoW!

Saturday March 7th and 8th, the bloom is on the vines of Temecula when more than 30 wineries, together, open their barrels for introductory tastes...
Mike Grgich, King of Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sharing a Table with the King of Chardonnay

In my last column, I shared some recent experiences in the great desert, from Rancho Mirage to La Quinta. Palatial resorts, princely restaurants and...

Hottest Spots in the Desert for Lodging, Food & Wine

About 2 hours drive time from the hustle and bustle of the San Diego coast, spread out like a canvas panorama at the base of Highway 74, lies a group...
Wine Couple, Twin Loves-Wine, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

A Wine Couple and their Twin Loves-Wine & Animals

It’s not often you find someone who can tell you flat out what he loves about life beside his family, and then go about putting those choices...
Top Ten Tastes, Italian Wine, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Top Ten Tastes of 2014

Pop the corks, and let the new year of 2015 begin. 2014 by any wine follower’s yardstick was a beauty. As we noted in an earlier TASTE OF WINE, the...

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