WINEormous at the Restaurant at Leoness

The Restaurant at Leoness – Luck & Hard Work Pay Off

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Tom Plant

When he first arrived at Leoness two years ago there was “nothing here” he said, just a kitchen and the basics. There was hardly any budget. He had broken his ankle and spent the first four months in the kitchen on crutches.


Where Salvador Sings to the Vines

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Her philosophy is simple. Get it right in the vineyards and use a hands-off approach. She makes three wines; Guwürtztraminer, Cabernet Franc and the crown jewel, Cabernet Sauvignon.


Fazeli Cellars – Our Name Is On The Label

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

“Inspired by the ancient traditions of Persia, Rooted in the modern expressions of California.” You’ll find those words of the back of every bottle of wine from Fazeli Cellars. Bijan (BJ) Fazeli and his wife Wendy began looking at land about 14 years ago with the idea of growing grapes in Temecula. While they were [...]


Live Wine Blogging Part Deux – Reds

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Sokol Blosser started in 1971. I had the pleasure of visiting the winery last night. “Pinot is our passion.” Non vintage Elevation Red. Syrah based with 12 other varietals.

Washington County

Washington County, Oregon

Saturday, August 18th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Ahead of the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, we visited Washington County in the famed Willamette Valley. Wine Bloggers Conference Pre Excursion to Washington County, OR from Tom Plant on Vimeo.


Bel Vino Winery – More Than Just A New Name

Monday, August 13th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

What do you do with a beautiful, spacious home with a spectacular view that is sitting vacant and unused? Well, if you’re Mike Janko, you spend six months renovating it and name it Bel Vino House. Mike purchased Stuart Cellars last year and immediately changed the name to Bel Vino Winery.  Plans have been drawn [...]

Fallbrook Winery Rosato

Fallbrook Winery Keeps Racking Up Accolades

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 | Posted by Tom Plant

Ira says he’s “almost obsessive” about keeping yields to three tons or less per acre. He employs extended maceration and fermentation and is utilizing the talents of Ed Sbragia, winemaker emeritus for Beringer as a consultant.