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Arrowood: The Legend, the Winery

By Glen Frederiksen One of the first Chardonnays I fell in love with back in the mid-1980s was the Robert Young bottling from Chateau St. Jean. I remember looking up the winemaker, to see who had crafted such a precise, beguiling wine. It was… Read more


Bella Vineyards: A ‘Fun’ Approach to Zinfandel

Bella Vineyards: A ‘Fun’ Approach to Zinfandel

By Bob Johnson Mention the word “fun” when discussing wine, and many people would envision a glass of blush or perhaps a rosé… typically with a hint (or a lot) of sweetness. A rustic sign welcomes visitors to Bella Vineyards in the Dry… Read more


Hilliard Bruce Winery: Breeding Fine Wines in the Santa Rita Hills

Hilliard Bruce Winery: Breeding Fine Wines in the Santa Rita Hills

By Glen Frederiksen Sometimes, the Wine Muse cannot be ignored. For John Hilliard, a brush with death more than a decade ago led him to the Santa Rita Hills of California to pursue his life-long passion for wine. He and wife Christine Bruce… Read more


A Fun Way to Celebrate Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

By Glen Frederiksen For thirty years now, I have been chasing after my personal wine muse, and I have had many wonderful experiences along the Appellation Highways of the wine world. Being a Southern California native, it was only natural that I… Read more


A Hearty Pasta Dish

By Mary Frederiksen, AKA The Happy Cooker (Editor’s Note: This recipe was first published in the September, 1998 issue of the High Desert Wine Explorer Newsletter) One of the joys of life is to have delicious food prepared for you. This… Read more


Surh Luchtel Wine Dinner in Reno

By Glen Frederiksen Some of the most enjoyable times I have had while following the wine muse have happened serendipitously. That is to say, there was no real plan involved – the day unfolded in a magical way. Perhaps it was a random stop in an… Read more


This Dessert Will Drive You Bananas!

By Mary Frederiksen, AKA The Happy Cooker I fondly remember the day I first tasted this dessert. It was served at an office potluck and I fell in love with it. I requested the recipe from my co-worker and she was kind enough to share it with me…. Read more


Marche Bacchus Wine Dinner: Husic Vineyards

Marche Bacchus Wine Dinner: Husic Vineyards

Frank Husic discusses his wines with the gathered dinersBy Glen Frederiksen One of my favorite things about being a wino and a foodie is that there are always unsavored pleasures awaiting discovery. What better way to experience new gustatory… Read more


Lazy Creek Vineyards: A New Chapter Begins Under the Caranos’ Stewardship

Lazy Creek Vineyards: A New Chapter Begins Under the Caranos’ Stewardship

By Bob Johnson The last time I’d been to Lazy Creek Vineyards, an elderly gentleman named Hans Kobler was the owner, winemaker and chief barrel washer. And I recall that his wife did everything else. It was a “family” winery in every sense… Read more


Steven Kent Winery: It’s About Lineage

Steven Kent Winery: It’s About Lineage

By Glen Frederiksen I’ve written before about my epiphany red wine that launched me on the path of wine geek You can read about it HERE. What I’ve not mentioned is that, prior to that mind-altering sublime experience, I first tasted a white… Read more