Wine Buzz

A Toast to 40 Years of Winemaking Excellence

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / July 2019

La Crema celebrates 40 years of winemaking this year! The winery's original name, La Crema Viñera, means "best of the vine.” Read more

Down Under and Over the Top

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / May 2019

Lighter easier drinking wines are filling the shelves at our favorite wine shops. There are many wine choices, some we seek out to enjoy for a special occasion, others we stock up on for all occasions. Read more

The Greenest WINE DESTINATION: Mendocino County and Anderson Valley

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / April 2019

California’s Mendocino County is widespread and extremely diverse, encompassing 2.4 million acres of land. The area sprawls across narrow valleys, giant redwood forests, and reaches out to the pristine northern California coastline. The scenic route and my favorite way to get there starts at Highway 128 in Cloverdale, at the northern tip of Sonoma County, and continues north until you reach Anderson Valley, an AVA (American Viticultural Area) most known for pinot noir, chardonnay, and Alsatian grape varietals. Read more

Riding High with Organic Argentine Wines

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / March 2019

Jean Bousquet, a third generation French winemaker, traveled to Argentina in the early 90’s and fell in love with a very particular area named the Gualtallary zone of Tupungato, sub-region of Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Sitting 4,000 feet in the Andean foothills, these high-elevation grape vineyards are considered to produce some of the finest wines in Mendoza. Read more

Thanksgiving – An American Family Tradition

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / November 2018

On the Central Coast of California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is where you will see the best views of the rugged Pacific coastline. This area is also home to the Paso Robles wine region. Once known primarily for cattle ranches and grain fields, the region also has a rich history of grape growing by true American farmers. Read more

A Wild White Summer

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / August 2018

Sauvignon Blanc, also referred to as just Sauvignon, is a dry white wine. Sauvignon means wild and blanc means white – appropriate names to define a fun summer wine. Read more

The Best of the Northwest

In Wine Buzz By Story and Photography By JoAnn Actis-Grande / January 2018

The Willamette Valley, a premier wine growing region with over 20,000 acres of planted grape vineyards, starts less than an hour south of Portland, Oregon. The valley’s topography is over 100 miles long, spanning 60 miles at its widest point, sitting between the state’s breathtaking Cascade Mountains to the east, with outstanding views of Mount Hood and the Central Coast Range to the west. Read more