Leoness Cellars

Leoness Cellars Tasting RoomOn our whirlwind Temecula wine country tour last week, we first stopped at scenic Leoness Cellars. The winery features stunning vineyard and mountain views, plus an award-winning restaurant. And the tasting room offers friendly hospitality and some darn good wine. We adored Leoness Cabernet Franc Reserve, however other bottles also made us smile. Read on for information about the winery’s story, their memorable wine and picturesque location.

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Clif Family

Clif Family WineKit Crawford and Gary Erickson are passionate about cycling. They also love good food and wine. As a result, they launched Clif Family winery in 2003 next to one of the best cycling trails in the Napa Valley. In addition, they opened the Bruschetteria food truck adjoining their tasting room. And, they developed a CCOF-certified organic farm on Howell Mountain. Most importantly, they make every product with a mindset of quality “while having the lowest impact and cost to our planet.” Read on for more details about Clif Family, the three wine samples we tasted, and their fascinating story (hint, they also make CLIF and LUNA energy bars).

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Favorite 50 Wines in 2021

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we began 2022, we compiled a list of our favorite 50 wines in 2021. And what a year it was! First, we finally took some short road trips to Washington and Oregon wine countries. For example, we drove to Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Carlton and Willamette Valley. Next, we also enjoyed many wonderful wines at home or with friends. Therefore, this list exemplifies the favorite 50 wines that we tasted last year. In other words, you might have other favorites, which we have not tasted. That’s the beauty of having so much wonderful wine available in the world. Read on for more details. Continue reading

Wine for the Holidays

Holiday WineGood wine for the holidays helps to make the season fabulous. Therefore, we have compiled our personal list of holiday wine — special sparkling, white and red wines that we enjoyed during 2021. Eight sparkling and white wines, plus 12 red wines, round out our top 20 recommendations of wine for the holidays. Moreover, their prices range from an unbelievable $11 to a whopping $150. Read on for details.
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