Northern Italy

Northern Italy

From Piemonte to Veneto, the northern regions of Italy are home to some of the finest wines in the world. This is the area where Nebbiolo reigns supreme yet Prosecco plays an important role in the vibrant lifestyles of the people of the region. Italy is all about wine...
Syrah or Shiraz? Shiraz!

Syrah or Shiraz? Shiraz!

You say Syrah, we say Shiraz. This noble grape from Europe has planted its feet around the globe and is known by many names. But no one expresses ‘shiraz’ like the Aussie’s from down under. Join us as we tour the southern coast of Australia through...
Txacolina – the wine you’ve never heard of, but really must try

Txacolina – the wine you’ve never heard of, but really must try

Travel with us to the Basque region of Spain and France where we are going to celebrate August with Txakoli (cha-co-LEE), or Txacolina (cha – co – LEE – na). It is an effervescent primarily white wine from this magical region of Europe. It is high in acid and low in...

California Pinot

Although the Burgundians (and I) may argue, some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in the world are coming from California. Made famous by the movie Sideways about the Santa Barbara wine region, the delicate and versatile Pinot Noir grape really expresses terroir. And...

Marilyn Merlot

Merlot, the great grape of Bordeaux, was much maligned after the 2004 movie Sideways character Miles the wine snob soundly criticized it with his now infamous refusal to quaff this grape. However, the blow to the merlot industry has only inspired producers to up their...