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Ronchi di Cialla and Moschioni: Wines of Friuli’s Indigenous Red Grapes

Michele Moschioni

Reading Time: Friuli-Venezia Giulia is arguably the source of Italy’s most exciting white wines. We were impressed with the whites when we visited, but beyond just the whites, we were also astonished by the diversity of the wine region. There are a shocking number of excellent red wines being made in Friuli. A good number…

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail: Highlights & Tips

Downtown Santa Barbara Wine

Cover image by Mark Weber. Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara. Reading Time: The town of Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera”, is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the town boasts many stunning natural and man-made attractions—from the Spanish colonial architecture, to pristine…

Best of the VinArt Grand Tasting 2017: Part 2

Hungarian Wine Villanyi Franc

Reading Time: This is Part 2 of our article on the workshops at the second annual Vinart Grand Tasting. If you haven’t read Part 1, it’s worth taking a look at.   Tasting with the Godfather of Istria: Clai Winery Clai is perhaps our favorite producer in Croatia. Giorgio Clai and his wife ran a few restaurants…

Pheasant’s Tears Chitistvala 2015

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Welcome to As Drunk By Exotic Wine Travel, a new weekly column where we feature wines that are worth noting. The wines featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or more well-known wine regions. Sit back, grab a glass, and…

Gravner and Radikon: Italian Wines Without Compromise

Gravner Vineyard Friuli

Reading Time: Gravner and Radikon have been high on our “must visit” list for a long time. We are huge fans of the natural, macerated, qvevri wines in Georgia. While the Georgians have been making this style of wine for thousands of years, these two Friulian producers were the ones that pushed this style of…

Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara

Reading Time: Lompoc, California was the first stop of our week-long tasting trip in Santa Barbara County. Driving down CA-246 on the way to Lompoc, the views of Sta. Rita Hills were stunning. We arrived at sunset, greeted by the incredible sight of golden hills wrapped around old creek beds, horse ranches, and green vineyards. Driving…

10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

fiddlehead cellars happy canyon vineyard

*Featured photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Cellars* Reading Time: At 3,729 square miles in size, Santa Barbara County offers unique topography and climatic diversity that give birth to six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos District, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Santa Ynez Valley. The distance between the grape-growing area…

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