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Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  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…

10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  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…

Trendsetter: Sarah Abbott, Master of Wine

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 Reading Time: Sarah Abbott is a Master of Wine who comes from a food-loving family. After working in the IT software industry for several years, she decided to change her career trajectory and immerse in wine in 1996. Her first foray into wine was as a sales and marketing representative at an importing company of…

Mexican Nebbiolo from Baja California

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This article was originally written for Jancis Robinson and was published on “The Purple Pages” here. This version of the article has been expanded with additional tasting notes and background stories.  Reading Time: We are huge fans of Piemonte wines, especially after our two-week trip through the region in 2015. Our experiences in Barolo and Barbaresco were…

Trendsetter: Vahe Keushguerian from Armenia

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Reading Time: For a listing of articles and videos on Armenian wine and wine travel in Armenia, check out our page Uncorking the Caucasus. To purchase the Kindle or paperback copy of the book Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, please head to this Amazon product page.   A Brief History About Armenian Wine Armenia falls…

Barbaresco: People of the Vine

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Reading Time: “Dedicato a Papa” was written on every single barrel in the cellar. “I dedicate everything to my father,” said Ornella Pelissero from Pasquale Pelissero winery. When I saw those inscriptions on the oak barrels, tears flowed from my eyes. The emotion in the room was palpable. It was moving for both Charine and…

Barolo: Good Wine, Good Food, Good People

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(Reading Time: ) “Good wine, good food, good people.” That’s the way La Giolitta Bed & Breakfast’s owner and our host Daniella describes her hometown Barolo and other places she enjoys traveling to. It sounds like a great way to measure a place. There could be worse parameters. Any place where you can eat, drink,…

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