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A Window Into Tuscany: Castello di Gabbiano

A Window Into Tuscany: Castello di Gabbiano

By Thomas Madrecki A note in advance — I approach any and all media trips with a bit of skepticism, in no small part because I make a living in the world of public relations. It takes a great deal for me to be impressed, and there’s a… Read more


California’s North Coast: Old Haunts, Fresh Bodies

California’s North Coast: Old Haunts, Fresh Bodies

By Glen Frederiksen It had been six years since my last visit. Much has changed, while some properties seem frozen in time. The Napa and Sonoma Valleys were the birthplace of my romance with wine. In previous articles, I have recounted how,… Read more


Long Island Wine Country: Planning Your Trip

Long Island Wine Country: Planning Your Trip

By Bob Johnson Part 5 of a 5-Part Series If this series has motivated you to plan a trip to Long Island wine country, you’ll be happy to learn that numerous resources are available. But before going any further, let me tell you about… Read more


Sparkling Pointe: Long Island’s Destination for Those Seeking Bubbly Bliss

Sparkling Pointe: Long Island’s Destination for Those Seeking Bubbly Bliss

By Bob Johnson Part 4 of a 5-Part Series Some of the best California sparkling wines I’ve ever tasted were made during the mid-1990s at Roederer Estate, located in the bucolic Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. That makes perfect sense… Read more


Roanoke Vineyards: Benchmark Bottlings from a Long Island Wine Pioneer

Roanoke Vineyards: Benchmark Bottlings from a Long Island Wine Pioneer

By Bob Johnson Part 3 of a 5-Part Series You might say that Richard Pisacano gets around. Now, before you go and get on the phone with Mrs. Pisacano (Soraya), let me explain: Pisacano gets around Long Island — specifically, the North… Read more


Macari Vineyards: Taking a Biodynamic Approach Before It Was Cool

Macari Vineyards: Taking a Biodynamic Approach Before It Was Cool

By Bob Johnson Part 2 of a 5-Part Series We hear a great deal about Biodynamic winegrowing these days. Not every winery goes to the extremes that a Biodynamic approach requires, but almost all wineries now take stewardship of their land very… Read more


Lawer Family Wines: Scents and Sensibility from a Small Family Estate

Lawer Family Wines: Scents and Sensibility from a Small Family Estate

By Glen Frederiksen The 1980s saw a boom in the California wine industry, especially in the North Coast regions of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. A few hundred family-owned wineries and vineyards there had trebled to a thousand, and there… Read more


It’s About More Than the ‘Numbers’

It’s About More Than the ‘Numbers’

When putting together the list of Wine Lines Online’s Top 10 Wines of 2012, we considered the scores awarded to wines during our review process throughout the year. But that was just the beginning of the process. Any such list is highly… Read more


Last-Minute Shopping Ideas for New Year’s Eve Toasting

Last-Minute Shopping Ideas for New Year's Eve Toasting

Are you all set for New Year’s Eve? Frozen appetizers ready to thaw and heat up… check. Plenty of silver and/or plastic ware… check. Tunes selected for the party’s “soundtrack”… check. Lots of Champagne… oh-oh! Not to… Read more


Fine Dining in Flagstaff? We’ve Got Just the ‘Place’

Fine Dining in Flagstaff? We’ve Got Just the ‘Place’

By Mary Frederiksen During the planning stages of our recent trip to the Grand Canyon, we searched the internet for a fine dining restaurant in the Flagstaff area. On past trips, we just “drove by” this town on our way to “somewhere else”… Read more