Chateau Margaux is in the house! Winemaker Margaux Alvarez that is. If you’re a Titan Games fan then you may have seen our guest running the obstacle course, defying time and gravity, to claim Mount Olympus in victory as the Season 2 West Region Champion. Margaux is fierce in the gym and in competition, and she also brings it to making wine.
We’re celebrating C.K. Mondavi and Family wines 75th anniversary! Third and fourth generation vintners Marc and Angelina Mondavi are here to share their family’s story of success and growing the brand, all while keeping their wines delicious, approachable and affordable.
Join me for @winefashionista IG Live this Monday 3/29 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET and toast to their 75th Diamond anniversary 💎 💎💎💎💎🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
There’s one thing to know about Alfaro Family Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You are guaranteed great wine and a good time. This family-owned winery is in Corralitos, at the southern end of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. It’s a mecca for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers, but at Alfaro, you’ll also find Syrah, Merlot, and yes, Gruner Veltliner, that crisp and aromatic white wine from Austria that is growing in popularity here. In fact, the Alfaros are leaders in Gruner, planting the first vineyard within the appellation.
It’s a Riesling revolution! Don’t fear Riesling, love it!
My next guest on @winefashionista Instagram Live – Mike Callahan, founder and winemaker at Maidenstoen wines. We’re talking Riesling – oh yes! And Gruner. He makes some of the best in California, so you need to know more about Mike.
What makes a great vineyard great? Laura Catena, of Argentina’s leading Catena Zapata Winery and the Catena Institute, set out on a mission to discover what the world’s best wines have in common. Instead of telling these vineyard stories the traditional, boring way, Laura takes Gold in the Vineyards readers through an illustrated, colorful, fun and compelling journey around the world, weaving in tales of love, war, betrayal, sibling rivalry, royalty and more, that keep you turning the page to find out what happens next.
When temperatures and humidity levels soar above the 90 point mark, we instinctively reach for a cold beverage to cool us down. While we love to #RoséAllDay and everything’s nice with white wine or bubbly on ice, where does that leave red wine lovers?
This summer, chill your reds.
Light to medium-bodied reds, with softer tannins and lots of fruit make the best bottles to put in your chiller. That’s right, throw that bottle of Pinot Noir or Grenache in the refrigerator, and you’ll be able to sip it on a rooftop deck, by the pool, at the beach, on a picnic or with an alfresco dinner.
A few months ago I stood looking at four big cardboard boxes full of wine, all delivered on the same day. Here it was, the entire Testarossa Winery 2016 vintage, a bottle of every single wine they made. Three and a half cases. Forty-two bottles. A daunting tasting challenge if there ever was one.
There was a time, not long ago, when the word organic on a wine label meant a bottle best avoided. Thankfully, today the o word is no longer a dirty word. We look for wines made naturally, from organically, biodynamically or sustainably grown grapes. With Earth Day just around the corner, what better time to celebrate the abundance of green, earth-friendly wines.
With a dozen craft distillery tasting rooms to visit and a new speakeasy downtown, Paso Robles, on California’s Central Coast, is swiftly becoming a cocktail mecca. Most of these distillers are winemakers, as well, which is one reason you’ll find so many distilleries inside of or attached to wineries.