WASHINGTON — Drinking delicious wines from a famous region for a reasonable price? Pinch me, I must be dreaming — California dreaming.
Vineyards India A couple of weeks ago, I was at a dinner party when the guest I was seated next to confessed that she was in love with California wines. Well, no sin there. As a fifth-generation Californian, I must admit that I have a soft spot for the wines of my native land.
India Vineyard But then she threw me a curve ball: She wanted to know if I could recommend any “fantastic wines from California for under $25.” Well, that is a highly subjective question, since everyone has his own unique interpretation of what “fantastic” means.
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Vir ginia. On my first visit to see them —back in January 2015—a wind ripped through the dormant vines and stung my cheeks. I wrapped my scarf tighter and scribbled notes with numb fingers, trying not to miss a single detail. I was on a pilgrimage to visit the oldest viognier vineyard in Virginia.
India Winery Horton winemaker Michael Heny led me on a tour through several of the vineyard blocks. Had you been there, you might have wondered about my growing glee as we approached the viognier vines, because it wasn’t much to see this time of year. There was no sprawling vista, no awe-inspiring sunset and no lush vineyard bursting with green tendrils. Like a leafless forest in winter, dormant vines look like dead brown twigs. But special twigs, they were. As I glimpsed the wooden sign labeled “viognier,” my heart beat faster and I may have even jumped in the air. Then, like a true wine nerd, I asked Heny to take my picture with the viognier vines.
Vineyards India To me, they were more than dormant twigs. If you survey the Virginia wine world as a whole, you’ll find a powerful viognier momentum and a multitude of viognier bottlings that have come to define a large portion of the local white wine scene. It all started somewhere, and now I stood at the epicenter.
Silicon Valley’s hottest wine tasting destination doesn’t have vineyards or grand winery buildings. There are no wine presses, stainless steel fermentation tanks or barrels full of aging wine. Instead, there are tony restaurants, spas, shops and coffee houses. Saratoga, the village nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is now home to eight wine tasting rooms, all within a few blocks, making for a perfect day of wine-tasting. We checked out a few — and grabbed lunch — on a sunny afternoon.
Wine Society Of India M4: Michael Martella and Michael Michaud: Two Michaels share a tasting room that showcases each winemaker’s individual style. Step up to the barrel stave-lined tasting bar, or take your sips outside to enjoy. Don’t miss former Thomas Fogarty winemaker Martella’s fruit-forward, California style wines. If you’re a fan of old world, European-style wines, try Michaud’s elegant sips. Or try them all.
India Winery Mary Orlin is the wine and food writer for the Bay Area News Group and a James Beard Award and Emmy award-winning journalist, Certified Sommelier and WSET Advanced certified wine professional and frequent wine judge. Prior to joining the newspaper group in 2014, Mary contributed to local and national wine publications, and produced the wine TV show "In Wine Country" on NBC for nine seasons. Mary's journalism career began at CNN in Atlanta. She enjoys cooking and traveling throughout the world's great wine regions.
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Wine To India NORTH FORK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Unsettling cellphone video has surfaced of a limousine driver trying to make an ill-advised and dangerous U-turn in wine country, just feet from the site of a fatal limo crash 15 months ago.
Wine Society Of India CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reports North Fork residents called the posted video “astonishing and alarming.” The video shows a mega-stretch limo stuck on a Cutchogue winery road, trying to negotiate a three-point turn. It called into question the driver and passengers’ behavior.
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Red Wine India Five Great Oregon Vineyards Worth Knowing Looking for a shortcut to finding many of Oregon's top wines and producers? Get to know the vineyards from which the grapes are sourced.
Wine To India Unless you live in Oregon, or visit the Willamette Valley, getting a handle on the region’s best wines and producers is akin to controlling rabbits. They’re small, elusive and tend to proliferate rapidly. But there’s a shortcut to many of the top bottles: Know the vineyards from which they’re sourced.
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