WINEormous at Estate d'Iacobelli

Estate d’Iacobelli – Fallbrook Via Michigan

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

Sascha La Russo is the tasting room manager and a classically trained opera singer. You never know when she might break into song. Visitors can taste all six of Estate d’Iacobelli’s offerings for $10.

WINEormous with Domaine Porto Carras

Domaine Porto Carras – It’s All Greek To Me

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Greek wine? Retsina? That’s what I would have thought until recently. On a sunny spring afternoon I joined my friend Patricia at Kafe Neo in Long Beach for lunch with Yliana Stengou, one of the owners of Domaine Porto Carras Winery. This was my first […]

WINEormous at Temecula Valley Cheese Company

Provenance Wines at Temecula Valley Cheese Shop

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Plant

The fruit simply exploded from the glass. I thought this was an exceptional wine. Ken called it “luscious all the way through.” Sue called it the perfect Merlot.

WINEormous with Pere Llopart Vilarós

50 Great Cavas – Let The Tour Begin!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

We began the next morning with a visit to Mas Tinell. Mas Tinell’s new home also features an ultra-modern 11 room hotel with windows designed to resemble cava bubbles


Wilson Creek Winery – Coming Full Circle

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

Cowper came by winemaking in a most unusual manner. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, he moved to Albuquerque and got his broker’s license as a REALTOR. He met his wife who was a graduate student in linguistics at UNM. They wound up taking a wine appreciation class together which ignited his technical interest in wine.

WINEormous at Woodworth Vineyards

Superior Pinot Noir From Temecula Valley

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When I heard about a quality Pinot Noir coming out of the Temecula Valley, I was extremely skeptical. I have tasted two Pinot Noirs from the area and they don’t have any of the glorious characteristics of quality Pinots. Woodworth Vineyards, I was told, was not only producing Pinot Noir, but it was good. It […]

WINEormous at Messina Hof

Wine In Texas? You’d Best Believe It!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When I bring up the topic of wines from Texas, I invariably get a guffaw, a “they make wine in Texas?” or something along the lines of “it can’t be any good.” Pardon me, but I beg to differ. I spent my second harvest weekend at Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Texas, and not only […]