• California Wine Trips

    SOLVANG STAY-CATION

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    SOLVANG
    (translates to sunny fields)
    RICH IN HISTORY NOT NOVELTY

    Solvang, a city located in Santa Barabra County, Ca, was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the midwestern winters.The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. Mission Santa Inés, an active parish church ,one of the California missions (National Historic Landmark), is located near the center of the town, at the junction of State Route 246 and Alisal Road.

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  • My Tastings

    Eric Isselee Review

    CRAMANT’S HOSPITABLE GEM

    Brilliant Gold Yellow color, on the nose it’s exposed with fragrant white exotic flowers, sunkissed yellow apples bruised pears and juicy tangerines. On the palate the flavors are persistent, stoney dry, zesty medium acid and a medium muscular body, delicate medium alcohol and steadfast mousse, mineral core, natural yeast and a lengthy finish.

  • My Tastings

    Dassai – A Festive Wine For Any Occasion

    Name implies “otter festival” for in ancient times, otters in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the southern tip of Honshu, the largest of Japan’s four main island, frolicking in nearby rivers would lay out fish they catch onto the shore, showing them off in a festival.

  • California Wine Makers

    Storybook Mountain Vineyards

    Dark brooding ruby color, intoxicating nose of black wild cherries, ripe juicy raspberries, baked strawberries swooned with tobacco and savory black pepper and spicy vanilla. On the plate Dry succulent backbone bright medium acid medium body and medium velour tannins, warming alcohol, structured, comforting seductive long finish…these are the wines of…..

    STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS TRULY A TRUE FAIRYTALE STORY.

  • California Wine Makers

    GYPSY CANYON, CENTRAL COAST’S LIQUID GOLD

    There’s times you travel and not realize what you’re experiencing until later. In conversation the memory of it comes to mind conceiving the fact you had the fortune of stumbling onto a treasure. That is how how I felt about Gypsy Canyon Winery. Two wines of of note Ancient Gypsy Canyon Estate Ancient Vine Angelica non-Vintage Sta. Rita Hills and Gypsy Canyon Trois Pinot Noir 2010 Sta. Rita Hills. A hand blown bottle, handmade paper label printed on a manual letterpress and cork sealed with estate harvest beeswax. These wines are personally crafted from vine to bottle by the legendary somewhat seclusive Deborah Hall.

  • My Tastings

    Champagne Laherte Freres

    Champagne Laherte Freres is run by the dynamic Aurélien Laherte, who has been at the helm of his family’s estate since 2005 in the Valle De La Marne. Laherte Freres was founded in 1889 in the village of Chavot in the Coteaux Sud D’Epernay, and over the generations the vineyard holdings have slowly grown to 10.5 hectares, but always there has been an emphasis on allowing full terroir expression in the wines through careful farming. To that end, Aurélien farms 7 hectares biodynamically and certified organic, with the other vineyards farmed uncertified organic or, at minimum, sustainably. Laherte Freres under Aurélien’s leadership has started to produce a series of single vineyard and single vintage cuvées vinified in Burgundy barrels without malolactic fermentation and bottled without fining or filtration. 

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