Napa Wine Train

The City of Napa

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Much to our delight, the next stop was a visit to Anette’s Chocolates and a tour from co-founder Anette Madsen-Yazidi. She and her brother Brent Madsen have been in business together for nearly 20 years. Wine infused chocolates and sauces are their signature, but I couldn’t get enough of the Chili Lime Tequila Tortilla Brittle or the Fiery Beer Brittle with Spanish peanuts.

Family Winemakers of California 2012

Family Winemakers of California

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Of all the wines I tasted, the barrel sample of 2010 Pinot Noir from Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery blew me away. I had a nice visit with owner and winemaker Brett Raven and wound up ordering a case of this wine at a special futures offering. Trust me, that’s rare for me.

Jim & Judi Brady

Roadrunner Ridge Winery – A Bit Off The Beaten Path

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Judi’s journey into winemaking dates back to getting grapes from Joe Hart before Hart Winery was bonded. She says “after 30 something years of tasting commercial wines, I think I can tell good from bad.” Jim simply says, “Go big or go home.”

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From Napa to New Zealand – Let’s Taste

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

We stayed down under for the 2008 Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz from Barossa, Australia. “What a deal”, said one of us. Most liked the nose, calling it smoky and earthy. Tony felt it got better as it sat in the glass. At $10 we all felt it was a terrific value.

Welcome to Italy

Rome to Montefalco – Wine In Italy

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Weary from the flights from California’s west coast to Rome, Italy, I was ready for an espresso. One of the first impressions to hit me as I walked around the Fiumicino airport was the energy, the animation of the Italians. I stopped at a café and savored the strong aroma and bold taste. Ah, this […]

The Palazzo & The Venetian

Venice, Las Vegas

Friday, March 9th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

For me, part of the joy of life is the surprises it throws at you. When we checked into The Palazzo in Las Vegas, little did I think I would not set foot off the property until we checked out three days later. There ‘s so much to see and do between The Palazzo and […]

Letoyant Creole Syrah

Tesoro Winery Launches Creole Wine

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 | Posted by Susan Montgomery

While the Mardi Gras celebrations were going on in New Orleans during February, Temecula was (and still is) also celebrating at the Tesoro Winery tasting room in Old Town where a scrumptious wine called “Letoyant Creole” was recently launched. This wine emerged from a unique partnership between Tesoro owners, Buzz and Kimberly Olson, and Louis […]