Turning towards Temecula

As the winter starts to close in around us… although temps on November 30th will be around 70F… we may turn our thoughts towards warm refuges around the Gulf or “California Dreamin”. This column is about the latter, since I enjoyed a fine afternoon in the Temecula American Viticultural Area in early November that I’d like to share with you.

Barboursville Vineyards Turns 40 This Week

In the midst of October Virginia Wine Month, we should toast the success of one of the few iconic wineries that has helped make a reputation for Virginia as a world-class wine region. Barboursville Vineyards in Orange County, in the town of that name, was established 40 years ago this week by Gianni Zonin of Zonin wines, Italy’s largest family-owned wine company.

Wines of the Week 9/9/16

Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Reserve 2001 Finger Lakes: This wine is an excellent argument for laying down top Finger Lakes rieslings for 15 years or more. This wine won a gold medal in its youth, but was lean and tight; a good sign for a long-distance runner.


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