Exploring Petite Wines With Big, Robust Flavors

On a recent summer Sunday afternoon, I found myself transported to a lush, tropical garden. The shimmering pool and greenery welcomed us with open arms. I was in for a big treat as a newbie guest—- joining the Wine Council for their summertime gathering. Exploring fine wines, paired with delicious cuisine and of course, wonderful  … Read More

Wine Clubs. Four Tricks To Keep It All Straight…

As I nuzzle into a spot at a Tasting Room the fun begins almost immediately. I start trying new wines, chatting with the staff and continuing my learning about the precious vino. A little shopping in the wine inspired gift shop and I am a happy camper. If I am impressed and think the value  … Read More

Temecula… There’s More Than Just Wine In The Valley!

It was a lovely sunny morning as a group of So Cal writers recently visited Temecula. The Mount Palomar Winery was established in 1969. This winery has deep roots in this valley, and responding to their kind invitation, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) set up camp right there. Perched high atop  … Read More

A Winegrower’s Story….Continuing A Legacy And Creating Award-Winning Wines

Have you ever sat down in an award-winning Wine Master’s backyard, and just chatted the afternoon away as he unveiled his favorite wines and even some “yet to be released” treasures? Well, this just happened to me. And yes, I already know you are extremely jealous. Meet David and Anya de Lancellotti who reside in  … Read More

Meet The Family Winemaker of Formaglini Wine

I just completed an intimate and informative visit with a Winemaker, along with some of my fellow writers. What a pleasure to sit down with David and in the setting of his historic home, learn all about winemaking, and what makes their hearts beat fast.  Tasting some of their yet to be bottled vino, as  … Read More

Balboa Yacht Club Wine Dinner Was Superb!

Melville Winery Visits Newport Beach-  Just prior to the holidays, we had the pleasure to join members Karen Rhyne and Michael Michel for a lovely Wine Dinner at one of our favorite spots along Bayside Drive, and that is the charming member’s only Balboa Yacht Club. As we gathered in the Ship Model Dining Room  … Read More

Be The Hero At Your Thanksgiving Gathering…

And Yes, That Means Libations!   Whether you are the host of the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, or just a guest hoping to score an incredible meal, this can be a challenging day. First we have the week long preparations, and as we know, Rome was not built in a day, and neither is this meal. From  … Read More

Wine Exchange Offers Premium Wines & Mega-Selection

Sometimes we have a media event which unexpectedly coincides with a major announcement. On this fine March Saturday, it was just such a day. We were meeting with Best Wines partners Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, to hear all about their vino business. Our group included members of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers  … Read More

Discovering OC’s Ultimate Private Event Venue!

Tucked in a quiet business park in Lake Forest, is a fabulously elegant setting for all kinds of events and social happenings! From corporate team-building to off-site business meetings and testing secret recipes— this is a special spot indeed. The Wine Artist is also the perfect place for personalized cooking classes, private wine seminars &  … Read More

The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Announcing The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival- September 19-21, 2014 Overview of the Upcoming Event- The First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is only two weeks away! The festivities will begin Friday evening (6:30-11:00pm) September 19th, with a VIP launch party at Red O, hosted by Master Chef Rick Bayless. This  … Read More