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In the Vineyard with Steve Beckmen – Shoot thinning

beckmen
The drive to Purisima Mountain was like taking a step back into my childhood, the curving roads at the top of this canyon reminded me of southern West Virginia, with one dramatic difference…there were vineyards on these hills. WE made this trek during the Spring Vintners Weekend, when we were lucky enough to do a […]

From Dirt to Glass – Michael Larner on Syrah

Larner Vineyard Sunset
Syrah. You know it. You have heard it called Shiraz and made into lush giant styles from Australia.  Maybe you have had it in a GSM, that Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Chances are you have even tried it as a single variety wine, perhaps a French . It’s not the nation’s top […]

Speaking with Michael Larner – Ballard Canyon AVA

Larner Winery
We had the opportunity to speak one on one with Michael Larner of Larner Vineyards and Winery in Ballard Canyon, out at the vineyard. This beautiful property is at the Southern end of the new Ballard Canyon AVA. In this Video Michael talks about the formation and the plans for the new Ballard Canyon AVA. […]

Riverbench Vineyards and Winery, a Vineyard tour

Riverbench Vineyard
Michael and I started our Key to Wine Country Weekend with a Vineyard Tour at Riverbench Vineyards with the Vineyard Manager Rawley Hermreck. We arrived way early (I read 10 am and it was actually 11!) and actually beat Laura, the tasting room manager in. Really it was a happy accident though, Michael had time […]

Ballard Canyon Wines, The 1st Annual Larner Winemaker Dinner

Larner Vineyard Wines
1st Annual Larner Winemaker Dinner at the Ballard Inn & Restaurant The warm atmosphere of the Ballard Inn, was the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful wines of Larner Vineyard and Winery grown in the brand new Ballard Canyon AVA (by the man who got this AVA going) and have them paired with the Asian & […]

Santa Barbara, The Key to Wine Country, Clos Pepe

Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe Wine Maker
A Barrel Tasting at Clos Pepe is an event not to be missed. Wes Hagen, the winemaker is a charismatic and engaging personality with an incredible amount of knowledge on wine, soil and philosophy! Taste great wines, learn an amazing amount about vineyards, barrels and winemaking and have a great time! Learn about Russian Barrels, […]

Key to Wine Country – An exclusive weekend in Santa Barbara

Beckmen Vineyard
If you follow this blog, you know that we are in love with Santa Barbara Wine Country.  We had the great pleasure of attending the Vintners Spring Weekend in April where we met many of the local winemakers, sampled wines and saw some beautiful wineries. Well the Santa Barbara Vintners are at it again.  Coming […]

Sweet Potato Gnocchi paired with Alsace Riesling

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spring Vegetables and an Alsace Riesling
When it comes to getting inspiration for a good meal there is no place better to go than the Farmers Market.   I am lucky enough to frequent the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market in Las Vegas, yes, Las Vegas and yes, Downtown.  This market is in the gorgeous old (well old in Vegas terms) Downtown […]
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