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Wine Tips from Cara

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards

I attended a symposium at Ridge Vineyards this May. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains Ridge Vineyards was instrumental in creating a vineyard driven expression of a vintage year. Each year the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc changes depending on the how the grapes taste after they have finished their elevage. Their Montebello bottling is blended by a team who jointly ... »

Spring Wine Tip

Spring Wine Tip

As the weather warms it is the perfect time to try light refreshing wines. Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape variety. Pinot Grigio is the Italian spelling and pronunciation and Pinot Gris is the French version. The difference is often the style. Pinot Grigio is usually picked less ripe so the finished wine is crisp and refreshing. Pinot Gris is usually pi... »

The Grapes of Rhône

The Grapes of Rhône

As the winter weather arrives wines that warm us up take precedence over the refreshing white wines of summer. The dark-fruited red grapes from the Rhône department of France are great wines to enjoy anytime, but they are especially delicious during the colder months because their dark fruit flavors and lush texture pair so well with hearty fare. The Rhône valley is divided into two distinct regio... »

Patton Valley Vineyards

Patton Valley Vineyards

Patton Valley Vineyards »

Torii Mor

Torii Mor

A day in the Willamette Valley. »