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Newbie to natural: My education in wine tasting

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 06.07.2016 | Travel
Lisa Carpenter

Up until a couple weeks ago, I had never been to a wine tasting. As a relatively new wine drinker — 7&7s, margaritas, and martinis my longtime cockt...

5 Historic Inns To Explore California Wine Country

Meggen and Peter Taylor | Posted 03.29.2016 | Travel
Meggen and Peter Taylor

You don't have to hop on a trans-Atlantic flight to enjoy some of the best classic wine tasting rooms in the world with the oldest Cabernet and Merlot...

Planning the Perfect "I F'd Up" Romantic Wine Country Weekend

Janna Mandell | Posted 01.29.2016 | Travel
Janna Mandell

Don't even think about skimping on accommodations for this trip. Go big or never go home again.

Exploring the Wild West of Wine With the World Wine Guys

Regina Varolli | Posted 02.17.2015 | Taste
Regina Varolli

It goes way beyond the famed Napa and Sonoma counties.

California Wineries Prep As Dry Summer Looms

AccuWeather | Kevin Byrne | Posted 04.24.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on AccuWeather. Three months after a drought state of emergency was declared in California, things have steadied tem...

Kurt Russell: The Star of Winemaking

Elsa Giannakoudaki | Posted 03.11.2014 | Taste
Elsa Giannakoudaki

Kurt Russell -- you know his movies but do you know his wine? Labeled as "Gogi," it's not about his celebrity; it's about producing distinctive and we...

Uncovering the Right Wine

Britney Campbell | Posted 05.10.2014 | Taste
Britney Campbell

I've seen quite frequently that there is a correlation between wine, age group, and demographic.

Will There Be Wine In California Without Water?

John Mariani | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home
John Mariani

Such reports are terrifying to every farmer in the state, but in the wine industry, where irrigation is critical to raising healthy, bountiful grapes to be made into prestigious wines carrying $100 price tags on their labels, such a drought has no precedent.

The Legacy Of Prohibition On Wine 80 Years Later

Mary Orlin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Can't get wine shipped to your house? Blame it on Prohibition. Can't buy wine on Sunday? Another legacy of Prohibition.

Paso Robles: A Wine Lover's Paradise on California's Central Coast

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 06.02.2013 | Travel
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

The Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area) contains over 200 wineries and 26,000 acres of grapevines.

Is Chardonnay Entering Its Golden Age?

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

California certainly has a long history with the variety, and there are numerous older vineyards, going back to the 1970s, that are hitting their stride as sources for lower yielding, more complex grapes.

Surprising Local Area Named World's Top Wine Destination

Carly Schwartz | Posted 03.11.2013 | San Francisco

Napa? Napa who? California has a new top wine destination, and San Francisco residents don't even have to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get there...

The Californians Who Are Shaking Up Wine's Mainstream

Zester Daily | Posted 02.22.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

A new generation of energetic California winemakers has helped bring new attention and respect to some of the old-guard producers whose reputations had been languishing.

Wine Country's Hottest New Export May Surprise You

McClatchy and Tribune Newspapers | By Fred Tasker | Posted 01.26.2013 | San Francisco

It's the plot of a hundred Broadway movies _ a gal or guy wants to break out of the chorus line and become a star. But does she or he have what it tak...

Grape To Glass In Sonoma

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 12.03.2012 | Travel
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Wine travel is always a voyage of discovery; as much as we like to plan our trips, we sometimes like to ditch the agenda and find out the secrets that a region has to offer. A recent trip to California's Sonoma County gave us everything we have come to expect from wine country: Beautiful vistas of rolling hills covered with grapevines, hand-crafted meals cooked with precision, and glass upon glass of exquisitely made wines.

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PHOTOS: Meet The Queen Of California Wine | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.10.2012 | Los Angeles

The world of wine is vast and rich. To celebrate California Wine Month, HuffPost LA had the chance to chat with one of the very top vintners in the st...

Airplanes and Alcohol

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 11.13.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

Alcohol can do strange things to you at 35,000 feet, so it's worth thinking through your decision about whether or not to throw back a cocktail or three.

What's The Difference Between $3 Wine And $1,500 Wine? Sometimes Just The Label

Zester Daily | Posted 11.10.2012 | Taste
Zester Daily

The quality of bargain wines is better than ever. Not everything out there is great, but much is outstanding.

Petite Sirah: Stealth Grape Approaching Its Moment?

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.30.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Petite Sirah as a small, passionate following; goes well with food; is one of the few big reds that works with cheese; has a point of view and is not overexposed. It's like a "St. Bernard that wants to sit in your lap." It's that big and friendly.

Fully Mature Reds at Reasonable Prices? Think Rioja

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

A region that has long made high-quality, ageworthy wines that, with a few decades on them, are very reminiscent of fine old Barolos and Bordeaux is Rioja -- Spain's illustrious red wine-producing region.

Tempranillo in the U.S.: A Learning Curve

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.16.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Tempranillo -- the grape whose Spanish incarnations as both traditional and modern-style Rioja I've been writing about here for the past few weeks -- is highly versatile, food friendly and capable of great things.

5 Most Popular Luxury Pinot Noir Wines

Snooth | Posted 10.14.2012 | Home

The high quality potential that Pinot Noir has when it's produced well is worth preserving. In fact, luxury selections of this wine (priced between $50 to over $100 per bottle) are delicious -- and quite popular among wine lovers.

Petite Sirah: French Reject Excels in California

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.23.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Petite Sirah is, along with Zinfandel, one of California's heritage and most distinctive grapes. It can produce wonderfully complex, rich, black fruited wines, often with floral, blueberry, tar, licorice and peppery dimensions.

Viticulture In California

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Seeking a local winery with history as rich as the hills, I reached out to long-time local developer Tom Davidson. Tom is a major advocate for the Winegrowers Alliance in the Santa Rita Appellation.

Birth of a Wine Culture in America

Mary Orlin | Posted 05.30.2011 | Home
Mary Orlin

In 2010, for the first time ever, we Americans drank more wine than the French. Quite an accomplishment.