RUMOR has it, this Rose’ is Great!

After a 25+ year career in the corporate world, Barry Bayat delved into the world of wine. As a numbers guy, he noticed there was a gap in the premium rosé market. While on his research to create the quintessential rosé, perfect for everyday drinking, he traveled overseas in the heart of rose’ country – Provencé.  After numerous meetings…

Cameron Diaz adds winemaker to her resume

Actress and wellness author Cameron Diaz said in a recent statement, “I enjoyed wine for many-a-year and never questioned it. Not once. I actually felt it was the most responsible alcohol choice because it was made from fermented grapes! But I had no idea of the process.” She soon learned it wasn’t what you added,…

Winemaker Richard Sanford honored

Tonight, August 11, at 5:15 p.m., join others in watching an online tribute to winemaker Richard Sanford. Sanford was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame in 2012 for his contributions to the California wine industry. Following his service in Vietnam, he discovered the West Coast climate zone is similar to the Burgundy region of…

Oregon’s upcoming Willamette Valley Winery Wine Dinner and Auction

The fifth annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction is April 4, 2020 at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR. Attendees are arriving on Friday, April 3 to attend the Willamette Immersion Seminar, Welcome Tasting Event, and Winemaker Dinner at wineries around the Valley.  The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) is a non-profit dedicated to achieving recognition for…

Dynamic Duo – Winemaker Kris Kato & Drew Barrymore

Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy three different wines from Carmel Road Winery. What makes these wines special is that actress Drew Barrymore made these wines with Carmel Road winemaker Kris Kato. I asked Kato how he and Barrymore met and became a dynamic wine making team. Here’s what I learned- JW: How did…

Holiday Herzog – Wines to Give and Receive

Drinking wine is a Mitzvah (good deed) and prescribed for many Jewish rituals: Bris Milah (circumcision), the wedding chuppa (canopy), and the Kiddush that starts all Sabbath. Wine is essential to enjoy during the holidays. Celebrating Purim, wine is the beverage of choice for the festive meal. It may be sipped in abundance as described…

Interview with Michael Lewellen of Lucas & Lewellyn Winery

Up on the 71st floor of the US Bank in Los Angeles, I enjoyed an informative luncheon paired with Santa Barbara County wines. At my table sat Michael Lewellen, the son of  Royce Lewellen from Lucas & Lewellen Winery.Michael shared with me a little bit of the history of his father’s winery. His dad partnered…