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Welcome to Your Independent Guide to the Wine Country. Find detailed information on hundreds of wineries, read reviews, map your journey or write your own winery reviews. Note: Write six winery reviews and we will send you a free gift.

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LA Winefest

LA Winefest 2015  May 30 - 31, 2015

The LAWineFest brings hundreds of wines, brews and spirits from around the world to your doorstep in a fun, relaxed environment. (Yes, we’re the WineFest. But turns out even wine lovers need a break to sip something else new and noteworthy too.)  The Fest also offers educational and entertaining presentations on a variety of wine topics, live entertainment,  a score of LA’s most popular food trucks, boutiques to browse, festival merchandise and more!

Click here for more information. Remember to use CWA15 when purchasing your tickets!

 

Wine And Your Health

Wine in our culture has been coursing through our veins for a long time, with differing views on its benefits and draw backs.

For a long time there has been a general consensus that a glass of red wine a day is actually beneficial to our health. Of course, when one group of people say one thing, there is always another group who will oppose them, and so it is with this theory.

A study published in ‘Science Magazine’ carried out by Harvard Medical School researchers, has shown that the anti-oxidants in red wine specifically resveratrol, actually speed up the production of SIRT1 which is a serum that speeds up cells energy production to help block diseases. With this extra energy production comes the ability to slow down the signs of ageing, and it could also help combat age related problems such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Strokes.  Read more

Suggested Wineries
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. Tasting room in the heart of Edna Valley.
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
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Father of California Wine
Father Junípero Serra planted California’s first sustainable vineyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano , and began the first winery in 1783. Father Serra founded nine missions with vineyards before he perished in 1784. This is why Father Serra is referred to as the “Father of California Wine” and the Mexican varietel he planted, came to be called the Mission grape and dominated California wine production until about 1880.
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Taste For Free Maps
There are over 180 wineries in California that offer complimentary wine tasting. Click on a region to see a Taste For Free winery map along with links to extensive winery and wine tasting information.
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All Corked Up
The most common closure is of course the Natural Cork closure that roughly 80% of wineries in North America use. They vary in size (some are as long as my thumb!) and quality but get the job done. They are expensive ($.75 to $.90 each) but many consumers equate quality wine only with natural cork. Not so say the experts!
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Safe Haven ShipSmart Passport
For all enthusiasts of San Luis Obispo County wineries, it just became easier, less expensive and better for the environment to buy wine. Safe Haven Wine Services’ new ShipSmart Passport program allows consumers the ultimate convenience by consolidating their wine shipments. Now consumers can purchase direct through wineries and save significantly on shipping costs, while reducing packaging waste and energy consumption...
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How To Read A Wine Label
Are wine labels straightforward in what they tell us about a wine? Yes, if you know the rules that wineries have to follow and understand the nuances of labeling laws. Here are the basics of what a wine label tells us. You may be surprised to find that a wine labeled Chardonnay may in fact be made up of 25% of other grape varieties.
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