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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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The Garagiste Wine Festival is taking over the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on July 11th 2015. Come meet leading edge winemakers while sampling some of the best wines in California. The Garagiste are winemakers you will not find in your corner liquor store and may not even find on a long weekend in wine country. These are dedicated craft producers who only release very limited quantities of amazing wine each year. Be one of the few to discover the next great wine trend!

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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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How to Taste Wine, without spilling it on your shirt.
Wine tasting is not the same as just drinking it. To experience the true flavor of a wine requires that you pay attention to your senses of sight, smell, touch, as well as taste. The way I look at it is that if I am paying $10, $20 or even $50 or more for a bottle of wine, I want to make sure I squeeze every nickel of taste out of that wine. It's not pretentious--it's being frugal!
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Favorite Winery Blogs
Lots of wine out there and lots of blogs. Here is a collection of our favorite winery blogs written by the folks who either grow the grapes or make the wine.
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Central Coast's Earth Friendly Wineries
The Central Coast is home to thousands of acres of vineyards that are grown with earth friendly, sustainable agricultural practices. Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals—environmental health, economic profitability, and social equity. Here is a list of wineries and vineyards on the Central Coast who have subscribed to these practices.
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The Hills & Dells of Santa Cruz & Santa Clara
Visitors to this region can enjoy many small family owned wineries and have a better chance to meet and talk with the winemakers than in other regions. On the west side, dense redwood forests overlook the Pacific Ocean, while the east side looks down upon Santa Clara and what is known as Silicon Valley.
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Cheese Pairing
Cheese and wine can be a wonderful experience bringing out the best of both foods. However there are times when the wrong cheese can make that $45 bottle of Cab taste flat and dull. Here are some tips to help you make the right choices...
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