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A tasty stay at Lula Cellars: Mendocino & Anderson Valley #wine

It's funny how life can connect the dots sometimes, leading to a lovely and serendipitous experience.  This was one of those times (or extended weekends, for that matter). Late last year I was contacted about a possible media stay at the rustic estate of a fine pinot producer in the Anderson Valley AVAMendocino County (WLFBTw) is one of the coolest wine regions in California (if not the coolest), and also happens to be where I married the Lady (Tw) almost 15 years ago. Courtesy of Chalkboard Communications and the hospitality of Jeff Hansen and Dan Reed, we were able to both stay at and visit this region for the first time in 15 years, and taste through the very impressive wines from Jeff and Lula Cellars (WLFB).  Yum! Philo is a *very* small town (Pop: 349), tucked along CA-128 about 30 miles from SE of the seaside village of Mendocino.  It also happens to be the heart of the ANderson Valley and Mendocino County wine regions, with over 20 wineries and wine tasting rooms in extremely close proximity to "downtown".

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A return to Spain: #OleWinos!

And so it is, #Vinopanion has the fortuitous chance to reconnect with a culture of people, food, and most certainly of wine; one that feels natural and which brings familiarity, even where it shouldn’t exist…Vinopanion is headed back to Spain! Courtesy of Kraynick Consulting and MGWines Group (WL, Tw, FB), I am headed back to the land of savory vino tinto, and the salty deliciousness of jamon Iberico. This week I will travel a fair length of Spain, tasting through DO wines of Bullas, Alicante, and a new one to my palate, Bierzo. During this revelatory Iberian week, we will also explore the caminos of Alicante, Bullas (including it’s tremendous museum of local wine history), Ponferrado, and of course, mother Madrid. Follow along, with #OleWinos! More details after the leap! Throughout this brief cross-section of España, we will visit Sierra Salinas (WL, FB, Tw) in DO Alicante, Bodegas Lavia (WL, Read on...

What better location to sample the current offerings of Burgundy house Nicolas Potel then a French Renaissance style building built in 1865 & encompassing an entire city block in downtown Philadelphia. The Union League of Philadelphia was started as a patriotic society to promote the Union during the Civil war. It is one of the finest private clubs in the nation, additionally, The Heritage Center, located within its walls, runs the League’s three foundations, Abraham Lincoln, Scholarship & Youth Work. I found this year’s 2013 vintage wines to be more approachable, with less of the typical closeness of young Premier & Grand Cru Burgundies, while the 2008’s poured were really starting to show their potential. The Library Lounge with its beautiful paneled walls, period chandeliers & rare book collection was the perfect backdrop for this event, one of only five held in the United States. Ottavio Ruggieri, representing the US Read on...

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