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J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon


Posted on Jun 23, 2016

Paso Robles WineLohr Vineyards and Wines is the creation of Jerry Lohr, a South Dakota farmboy turned land developer who became one of the founding fathers of the Central Coast wine producing region in California. Lohr did extensive research before assembling land in the Monterey and Paso Robles regions on which he planted grapes in the early 1970s.

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Chateau Trotanoy

Chateau Trotanoy


Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Trotanoy (pronounced trot-an-wah) sits atop the plateau in Pomerol, the small appellation of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, known for making tiny quantities of Bordeaux’s finest (and often, most expensive) red wines. Like its neighbours, Petrus, Lafleur and Le Pin, it makes stunningly rich and complex wines that will age for an eternity and are extremely difficult to acquire.

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Cass Winery (Paso Robles)

Cass Winery (Paso Robles)


Posted on Jun 8, 2016

Through a wine glassNestled about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies the city of Paso Robles, or more correctly, El Paso de Robles (the Pass of the Oaks). And while most people think of Napa and Sonoma as the hotbed of California wines, Paso is quickly gaining notoriety amongst wine lovers as an area not only for producing great wine but also for providing an unpretentious wine country experience. Cass Winery perfectly embodies this spirit of relaxed yet quality living.

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Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)


Posted on May 31, 2016

Chris wallaceBryce Canyon National Park is 145 km2 of undisturbed nature whose stunning beauty truly defies description. Magnificent, breath-taking, awesome….the list of superlatives goes on and on, but they all somehow become trivial when used to describe the view into the Bryce Canyon amphitheatre. We won’t bother trying to describe the indescribable; we’ll let some of our photographs say what we cannot and they still won’t do it justice. But we would love to tell you a little bit about Bryce Canyon.

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Casa Dumetz: Wines That Tell a Story

Casa Dumetz: Wines That Tell a Story


Posted on May 25, 2016

Casa Dumetz winesOne of the first things that become apparent when you meet winemaker Sonja Magdevski is her insatiable curiosity. It is this inquisitiveness that brought her into the wine industry and the same eagerness and passion that is put into the wine at Casa Dumetz.

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Located along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, just north of Santa Barbara, sits the beautiful vineyards and tasting room of Cambria Estate Winery. Just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, at the northern end of the Foxen Canyon, this is cool climate country and ideal for planting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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When we first wrote about the McMenamin brothers and their historic hotels throughout Oregon & Washington State, we were hopeful that the rumours of them opening a hotel in Bothell, Washington were true. If you’ve never heard of Bothell, it’s a 20 minute drive north of downtown Seattle, and also happens to sit right next door to Woodinville, home to many of Washington’s best winery tasting rooms. As a result of the growing demand for Washington wine, there is also a great need in the area for decent accommodation to support its burgeoning popularity.

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Santa Barbara Wine country

We often get asked to make winery recommendations to friends or clients visiting various wine country regions throughout the Pacific Northwest. One of the first things we try and find out is whether the person going is looking for the best wine they can find in the area, or are more interested in a destination winery where they can sit and enjoy a glass of wine with a view. Once in a while you find a combination of both that really stand out: Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles, Soter Vineyards in the Willamette Valley and St. Francis Vineyards in Sonoma certainly come to mind. On a recent trip to Santa Barbara’s wine country we added Sunstone Vineyards and Winery to that list.

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