'California Wines'


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Hold up, wait a minute, what’s a California wine doing with the name Champagne on it’s label?!

Because, yes, the Barefoot brand is most definitely a California-produced wine, but they’ve been using the Champagne name since before it was “outlawed” in 2006 so they have special dispensation, as long as it clearly says its home state on the label so …

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Wine that helps military families

Wine that helps military families

Murphy-Goode Winery is donating a portion of wine proceeds to Operation Homefront. All funds raised will benefit Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Murphy-Goode will collect a guaranteed minimum contribution of $200,000 and hopes to raise at least $300,000 for the organization.

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I saw this photo on Facebook and asked Mutt Lynch Winery permission to use it on my blog. (thank you)

courtesy Mutt Lynch Winery

courtesy Mutt Lynch Winery

As you know I have greyhounds (but love all dogs) and I love wine so I could not resist.

As for Mutt Lynch Winery, they have the kind of outlook that we should all have …

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Beringer White Zinfandel bottle and poured glass
Many, many years ago I was at some local event with my then-boyfriend (seriously, no clue why we were there; concert? party?) and they had a cash bar.* This was before I discovered my love of red wines and well before Pinot Noir was as plentiful as it is, today, so I asked if they had white wine. They did. …

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Christina Machamer on B Cellars wine

You may remember Christina Machamer as the winner from the grueling reality show Hell’s Kitchen, season 4. Last night I met her at the chic but comfortable Lodge in the Desert for a B Cellars wine tasting where Ms. Machamer was under no tension to educate us about these marvelous wines.

But boy did …

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A glass of pinot grigio wine.

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We’ve all been waiting for the results and here they are!

After countless sips of wine and who knows how many oysters, the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition has come to an end. Judges in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle picked those wines they felt best met “the bliss factor.” This year’s list is a nice …

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Oysters, opened, ready for consumption, raw

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April means one thing as far as oysters are concerned….The Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition. Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton Washington is the sponsor.

A few years ago I was fortunate to be a judge for this unique event. Jon Rowley of Jon Rowley & Associates, the idea man behind the event, invited me to …

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For cabernet sauvignon lovers

Liquid Assets: Blackstone Wine, Women, and Riedel Glassware

When a PR firm sends me wine – what do I do? Have a wine tasting!

I invited four gal pals to partake in the grape. I asked them each to bring food to pair with red wine.

Blackstone winery is a Sonoma County based winery which sources …

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