Pech Merle (“pesh-mael”) translates to “cave under the hill” in Occitan. It’s also the name of a great boutique, family-owned and ran winery in Geyserville, California.
Do you have someone in your life who you consider just beautiful, inside and out? They’re of course visually appealing, but once you get to know them, and all of their wonderful qualities, you can’t help but find them even more beautiful? If that special someone was a bottle of
Big ABV’s that purr like sweet kittens, stellar wine shops with worldly selections, some were for free, some were paid for by me, these are a few of my favorite thinnngs… When the acid bites, when the balance sings, when my liver is sad, I simply recall some of my
Zinfandel is one of those wines I’ve always had either a big love or strong dislike relationship with. Many years ago, when I first tried Zin, I came across inexpensive grocery store bottles that tasted like cooked, grape stew jam. Then there was the sweet White Zinfandel craze, which many
Mettler Family Vineyards, Straight Outta Lodi
Considering themselves farmers first, the Mettler family is a hands-on winery, personally managing the entire process — from growing grapes, harvesting, making the wine, to selling and trucking. They’re Certified Organic and Sustainable, all while using minimal water. With a family history dating back six
Have you ever thought about wine having good energy? Most of us randomly pluck a bottle from the shelf, not giving much thought to where or how it’s made. We just hope it’s decent for the price and won’t give us a headache. Then, there are times a special label
Golden Bordeaux is all about Sémillon and its versatility.
Age worthy and certainly not just a dessert wine, this sweet style of Bordeaux gives enchanting aromas of jasmine, sweet almond oil, candied oranges, ginger, honeysuckle, and ripe mango. Their gorgeous shades of gold remind me of desert sunsets, marigold
How do you open a bottle of wine? If you’re like me, you may have formed old (and technically wrong) habits, such as cranking and twisting the bottle, or slicing the foil upwards with any random knife within reach. Even though I’ve taken classes, have a WSET Certification, and have
The Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is truly a green, peaceful oasis off the Verde Valley Wine Trail
Page Springs is a hidden oasis in the desert. Just off the I-17, about an hour and a half north of Phoenix, you’ll take the Montezuma’s Well exit and drive a handful of
Murrieta’s Well is rich in history. Nestled in Livermore Valley, it’s one of California’s oldest wine estates.
A brief history timeline
1884: Louis Mel fell in love with the property, purchasing it for he and his wife 1940: Louis sold it to his friend Ernest Wente (of Wente Vineyards)1990: Phillip Wente