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A Southern California Wine Council Gathers for an End-of-Summer Review

The lovely tropical garden of two of our members’ home in San Diego was the recent setting of Wine Council’s end of summer review of wines.  We tasted a Pinot gris and a rosé from Cameron Hughes and a Pinot gris and a rosé from Mount Beautiful, plus three Pinot noirs from Talawind Ranch. Each member was assigned a wine to research and was asked to bring an appetizer or dish that would pair well with his or her assigned…


Added by Linda Stewart on September 20, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments

A Tale of Two Reds from the USA's West Coast

Southern California's Temecula Wine Review Council, of which I am a member, recently gathered for a food pairing and wine tasting of two red wines, Zinfandel and Gamay Noir, from two wine regions, Lodi in northern California and Willamette Valley in Oregon. 


2015 Earthquake Zinfandel, Michael David Winery, Lodi AVA - $25…


Added by Linda Stewart on July 30, 2019 at 7:52am — 1 Comment

A Terrific Tasting of Wines from Missouri

I am a member of the Temecula (California) Wine Review Council, and at a recent council tasting of Missouri wines, I was surprised to learn that the first officially recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) was Augusta, Missouri, dating back to 1980.  Located just…


Added by Linda Stewart on June 18, 2019 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Experiencing New Zealand's Mount Beautiful Wines

Mt. Beautiful Wines were showcased at our recent Wine Review Council in Temecula, California. Although some of the reviewers were familiar with…


Added by Linda Stewart on September 27, 2018 at 10:20am — No Comments

True Food Kitchen:  A Menu for all Seasons

On a recent regional press trip for members of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, I had the opportunity to learn about True Food Kitchen.  The restaurant embraces the healthy-food movement by creating imaginative, nutritious food, and by supporting a community of local,…


Added by Linda Stewart on May 28, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Happenings in California's Temecula Valley Wine Country

Members of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) gathered in the Temecula Valley for their SoCal regional area meeting to showcase two area wineries.  We had lunch and a winery tour at Mount Palomar Winery and we visited Europa Village to learn about the progress of the future Europa Village Wineries, Resort and Spa.…


Added by Linda Stewart on November 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Exploring the Charms of Claremont, California

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Whether you’re planning a couple’s escape or a girls’ getaway, Claremont - a Southern California community in the San Gabriel Valley dubbed the “City of Trees”  - should be at the top of your list. Located less…


Added by Linda Stewart on September 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Yuma: An Arizona Surprise With Something for Everyone

Whether you motor east or motor west on Interstate 8, you will find the friendly town of Yuma a delightful surprise and a hubbub of activities for all ages. Bordered by California, the Colorado River, and the country of Mexico, this southern Arizona jewel welcomes everyone: road-tripping travelers, retirees, and those who are looking for fun, family-oriented vacations.…


Added by Linda Stewart on March 25, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments

Southern California's Cultivating Good: Culinary Philosophy of Good, Clean, and Fair Food

At a Temecula, California media event for International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (FWTWA), we had an opportunity to learn about Cultivating Good, which encompasses E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) Marketplace, Harvest 2U, and EAT@Home.  The architects of Cultivating Good, Don Webber and Leah Di Bernardo, have a noble mission:  to support the local food economy by providing fresh, healthy food to the community.  As an advocate for the area’s farmers, ranchers,…


Added by Linda Stewart on February 17, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Esprit de Corps in California's Temecula Valley Wine Country

Along with showcasing exceptional wines, paired with equally spectacular food, the partnership of Martin Corso (Chef Marty) of The M Group, and Ken Barnes of Temecula Night Out, has fostered a sense of camaraderie and fellowship in the Temecula…


Added by Linda Stewart on October 30, 2014 at 8:39pm — No Comments

The Occasional Spirit Council Premieres in Temecula

          The inaugural meeting of the Occasional Sprit Council (OSC) took place on March 31st at the strikingly beautiful art-filled home of Todd and Susan Montgomery.  It was the perfect setting to launch the council.  Linda Kissam, writer, wine publicist, and Vice President of The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, devised the council based on her Occasional Wine Council (OWC).  Like OWC, participants were to bring a dish that they had prepared to pair with…


Added by Linda Stewart on April 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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