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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…

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…

Bastianich and Jermann: Iconic Friulian Wine

Jermann Vineyards friuli venezia giulia

Reading Time: When we selected wineries to visit during our Friuli-Venezia Giulia trip, we wanted to taste the best that the region had to offer. Most of our trip focused on visiting small producers. Several larger producers have left their mark on the wine scene and we wanted to visit a few of them as…

Fine Serbian Wine On Belgrade’s Doorstep

Janko Winery Serbian Wine

Reading Time: We’ve spent three months of 2016-2017 in Serbia visiting wine producers and walking away thoroughly impressed (more articles on Serbian wine will be released soon). Over the course of three months, we traveled to the far corners of the country and with that sort of coverage—naturally—we felt confident about our knowledge of all…

Brewer-Clifton: Combining Expertise, Gravitas, and Nature

Reading Time: When visiting the small town of Lompoc, California, “wine ghetto” is probably the first thing that comes to a wine lover’s mind. Just do a google search for “Lompoc Wine” and you’ll see why and what dominates the first page of the search results. Stroll a few blocks west from the main section…

Miani: The Stuff Wine Dreams are Made of

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Reading Time: Several months ago as we were planning our trip to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, we posted on Antonio Galloni’s Vinous forum seeking suggestions for “only the best wineries in Friuli”. One member responded, “There can only be one… Miani.” Our fate is decided. Enzo Pontoni is the owner, vigneron, and winemaker at the garage winery Miani….

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

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Reading Time: The Tomac winery and its seven-hectare vineyard plot are located in the small wine-growing region of Plešivica, a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb. It is often referred to as one of the—if not the most—refined sparkling wine producers in Croatia. The Tomac family has been making wine for over 200 years. Today, Tomislav Tomac,…

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

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Reading Time: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Situated at the northeastern end of the Mediterranean basin, the country lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Due to its geographical position, Cyprus’s history is marked by turbulence and its culture shaped by different influences—from…

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