Cori Solomon

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Cori Solomon is a freelance writer/photographer residing in Los Angeles, California. Cori is well versed in travel, art, food, and wine as she has done extensive traveling and has collected wine since the 1980s. Cori’s background is real estate and art. Her art plays an important role in her writing as she utilizes the palette both visually and verbally in many of her articles. Cori shares her experiences and joy of her subjects in a passionate, candid, caring and entertaining way. Like her animal art where she looks beyond the eyes to find an animal’s inner soul and spirit, Cori looks for the story that is behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker or artist. As Cori often travels with her dogs, some of her travel articles deal with pet-friendly hotels and locations. Those pet-friendly articles can be found in her pet column of her website. Cori had a travel, wine, and pet column on come from 2010 until they shut their doors in July of 2016. Currently, in addition to writing for her blog, The Written Palette, she is a contributor to Big Blend Magazine, FWT Blog and Magazine, and Wander with Wander. Cori has also been featured on several radio shows including Big Blend Magazine and SoCal Restaurant Show. Cori founded LA Wine Writers, a group of approximately 40 seasoned wine writers, who get together to learn more about wine and the winemakers behind a winery. She organizes lunches, field and FAM trips for this group. In 2014 Cori earned her WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits. In 2015 she received her NASA American Wine Specialist Certification. Cori was awarded the NASA Spanish Wine Specialist Certification in 2016. Cori's article Toby: A blind dog’s journey won a Maxwell Medallion Award in the 2014 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America in the category of Online Article – Any Other Topic. In 2017 Cori was awarded the Kari Winters Cat Rescue and Rehabilitation award for her article The Gift: The Story of a Cat Rescue. Cori is also a member of NATJA. 

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Hertelendy Vineyards: An Ensemble of elegant style wines

Wine is music to Ralph Hertelendy’s ears.. Today, Hertelendy Vineyards enchants you with a chorus that sings high and low notes of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and focuses on a […]

Velenosi: Discover the Italian wine region of Marche

Angela Velenosi was ahead of her time when she opened the Velenosi Winery in the Marche, an Italian wine region lying along the Adriatic coast.

Wente Vineyards: Building a legacy through Chardonnay

When it comes to California winemaking, two Livermore wineries played vital roles in the history of wine for the Golden State, Concannon and Wente.

Visiting New York City: Exploring the Big Apple

Visiting New York City a person can never say that it is boring. Between sightseeing, nightlife, theater, and dining the day is very full. The frenetic energy of the city […]

Discover Oceanfront Paradise at the Pantai Inn in La Jolla

I love discovering all that California has to offer. You never know what you will encounter. One place that enchanted me was the Pantai Inn in La Jolla.

Wine & Roses: The utmost in a Lodi hotel

A visit to Lodi must include a stay at Wine & Roses. This Lodi hotel is nestled in a park-like setting of trees, roses, and fresh herbs, which also brings […]

Lugana: Discover Italy’s Hidden White Wine Gem

Lugana plays a significant role in Italian wine history. The region was the first in Italy to obtain its DOC designation in 1967. This area is strictly known for their […]

Weekend Escape to La Jolla and San Diego

Southern California has many places meriting a visit for a weekend getaway. Consider La Jolla with its exquisite coastline, breathtaking ocean views.

Concannon Wines: Making an impact on the Livermore Valley

A winery’s history plays an essential factor in the wines created today. This legacy is the foundation that the forefathers of each winery give to the present day owners.

TOP Winery: Striking the balance of life through wine

The word balance has many interpretations. For TOP Winery, the meaning describes their passion, whe winery they are building, and the wine they create.

Sanford Winery: The Role of Barrels in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Country

Visiting Sanford Winery is like a trip down memory lane. Its founders put Santa Barbara County, Sta. Rita Hills, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the map.

Markus Niggli: Lodi’s new generation of winemaker

Discover Winemaker Markus Niggli, who excels at creating less common blends that set him apart. The wines of Markus Wines are unique and unusual.

Discover Lodi and their pet-friendly wineries

For many, we love having our furry friends in tow to share our travel experiences. Wine Enthusiast check out Lodi and their per-friendly wineries.

Italy’s Livon Family: Experiencing Wines of Collio, Tuscany and Umbria

Italian winemaking families typically involve a legacy of generations, an inherent passion for wine and insatiable love of the land where they grew up

Wander This Fabulous Midwest Destination – Chaumette Vineyards & Winery

Head to Missouri and Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, this fabulous midwest destinations provides visitors a lot to discover.

Weekend Escape to Miami and South Beach

A “Weekend Escape” is the perfect short getaway with family and friends.

The bell tolls in honor of Château Angélus Saint-Émilion

They say the bells toll three times a day, calling people to pray in Saint-Émilion. Known as the Angelus prayer, this same bell symbolizes Château Angélus.

Idaho Wines: Weaving a Path through the Snake River Valley

Discover the wines of Idaho’s Snake River Valley

Viña Montes and Kaiken: A Passion for Wine Spanning the Andes

They say “like father like son” but in the case of the Montes they each stand for one side of Andes, Viña Montes in Chile and Kaiken in Argentina.

Terenzi: A Family affair with Maremma and Morellino Di Scansano

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” aptly fits the Terenzi winery because the beauty of the Morellino Di Scansano grape is part of the legacy.

Maremma and the Wines of Morellino Di Scansano: Italy’s hidden secret

Follow me to Maremma where you can discover Tuscany’s hidden secret, the beauty of this region and the wines of Morellina Di Scansano.

Spa Hotel Adler Thermae Resort Tuscany: Pampering your body and soul

The dress code during the day is bathrobe chic, while the environment is pure pleasure and relaxation set amongst the Tuscan hills near the village of Bagno Vignoni in Italy. […]

Remembering Mendoza: Discovering Argentina

Sometimes we are offered a once in a lifetime experience. My trip to Argentina and Mendoza was one of those rare opportunities.

Obica Mozzarella Bar: Authentic Italian Cuisine at its best

Of late one of my favorite dining spots in Los Angeles is Obica Mozzarella Bar. The Italian Cuisine, its presentation and the atmosphere is very inviting.

Cantara Cellars: A hidden winery gem in Camarillo

After shopping at the Camarillo outlets, a spur of the moment detour ended up with a wonderful winery find at Cantara Cellars.

Find Enchantment in Umbria at the Roccafiore Winery and Resort

In 2014 I meet Luca Baccarelli sampling wines of Roccafiore Winery. Viewing the breathtaking images of the winery and resort I hoped one day I would visit.

Lodi Wine: Discovering this Central Valley AVA

The Lodi wine area, which is known as the Zinfandel capital of the world was also named in 2015 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.

New Zealand Loveblock Wines Meets West Hollywood Wolf Restaurant

Discovering a winery and restaurant that have the similar philosophies and approaches to their craft. Such was the case when I was invited to the New Zealand winery, Loveblock Wines […]

A wine tasting visit to the Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands, also known, as SLH is an AVA primarily recognized for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Crocker & Starr: A female winemaker’s quest for terroir driven Cabernet Franc

There are many prominent female winemakers making their mark on an industry that was established predominately by men.

Jamie Slone Wines: From the speedway to the tasting room

Finding an invigorating and dynamic wine tasting experience in Santa Barbara is easily found when visiting Jamie Slone Wines.

Coiled Wines: Winding a path through the Snake River Valley

It is not often that you run across a winery that truly defines a region, AVA and the topography of an area with their branding. Sitting at dinner recently sipping […]

Oso Libre: Finding the spirit of wine in Paso Robles

Before grape growing developed or became popular in Paso Robles, cattle ranching was one of the big draws in the area.

Mercer Wine: A family’s legacy in Horse Heaven Hills

Exploring new wineries is always a thrill for a wine writer. Today we travel to the state of Washington to discover the pioneer of grape growers in the Horse Heaven […]

What is in this Cuisine: Dining with Dietary Restrictions

The definition of cuisine is a style of cooking that is specific to a country or region. It can be cultural or geographic but for each individual the cuisine can […]

Ferrari Trento: Bringing out the dazzle of sparkling wine

It was the 2016 Emmy awards that brought the owner of Ferrari Trento to Los Angeles but it was the after party the following day where this Italian winery showed […]

Italy American Chamber of Commerce West meets Cafe Del Rey

The Italy American Chamber of Commerce West, IACCW brings the real Italy to the United States through various programs that include the Taste of Italy Roadshow and the Extraordinary Italian […]

Taste the Flavors of Santa Maria Valley

Most people when traveling to Santa Barbara County especially wine country visit Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez , Lompoc, Los Olivos and Los Alamos. They usually forget about the town of […]

Osteria Trattoria Da Burde meets Castello Di Meleto

Osteria Trattoria Da Burde meets Castello Di Meleto November 1, 2016 by Cori Solomon Osteria Trattoria Da Burde In Italy the Osteria is a mainstay for regional Italian cooking. Often […]

Soave: Standing the test of time

Rich and profound in its history, it is the new generation that is making its mark on the Soave region. It is similar to a rebirth where the old guard […]

A Day in the Eastern Townships

Just outside of Montreal is a unique area in the Quebec Province called Eastern Townships. Located around 45 minutes southeast of Montreal, several hours from the city of Quebec, and […]

Missouri Wine Country: The History and the Grapes

At one time, Missouri was the number one producer of wine in the United States. The history of Missouri wine is interesting because of its importance in our wine heritage […]

Achaval-Ferrer: Expressing terroir with Malbec

Achaval-Ferrer typifies the new and old world qualities of creating wine that makes Argentina and Malbec stand out.

All about Burgundy: Wines of Bourgogne

When discovering Burgundy it is not about the process or the brand, it is the concept of the terroir. The appellation is a land oriented one and those that cultivate […]

Zuani Vigneti: Bringing out the best of the Collio DOC

Sharing the beauty and wines of Colli, a small yet dynamic appellation in Italy so I was delighted to experience Zuani Vigneti.

Colli Euganei: Discovering the wines of the Venetian Hills

In the hills above Padua within a thirty-minute drive from Venice is a small wine appellation known as Colli Euganei. Colli Euganie

Escape to the enchanting charm of Carmel by the Sea

Thinking about a summer weekend getaway, the California Coast offers some wonderful escapes. including the charm and quaintness of Carmel by the Sea.

Bodegas Salentein: Defining the Wines of the Valle De Uco

When it comes to South American and wine growing, one might consider Mendoza Argentina the epicenter of Argentine winemaking. The Mendoza wine region is made up of several distinct areas; […]

Hotel Mediterraneo: A fusion of the past and present

From ancient times to today Rome is full of history. There is the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and much more. There […]

Context Travel: Looking at Rome in a different light

There are many ways to tour Rome, Italy but if you are not one who wants to be part of a the herd mentality so often found in city tours, […]

Arcudi Wines: The wine behind one man’s leap of faith

Life takes many twists and turns and for many winemakers their career beginnings drove them down quite a different path. Besides their approach to winemaking, it is this past that […]

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Mykonos

It is day three of our Celebrity Cruise and the port of call is Mykonos, which is nicknamed the island of the winds. Visiting Mykonos one gets a very different […]

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Taormina, Sicily

Experiencing a different port each day is what a cruise is all about. Day one of the Celebrity Cruises on the Reflection from Rome to the Greek Islands brought us […]

Car free and foot loose in Santa Barbara

There is something to be said about visiting a city car free. Hoofing it, breathing in the local culture and taking local transportation can get you right into the spirit […]

Porto Carras Grand Resort: Northern Greece’s enchanting coastal getaway

When one thinks of traveling to Greece, they typically envision visiting Athens, the Greek Islands, the Peloponnese and Santorini. Rarely do they foresee traveling north along the coast into Macedonia […]

Hahn Family Wines: Discovering the secrets of the Santa Lucia Highlands

To some the Central Coast is a wine lovers best kept secret especially when most people generally think of the California wine scene as primarily Napa and Sonoma. The wines […]

Bless The Chefs: Paying homage to the chefs of Cafe Del Rey Use your key for the next article

When six chefs come together in one kitchen you have to wonder what it would be like working in a small space together. Such was the case when Café del […]

Dry Creek Vineyard: Circumnavigating the world of wine

What does sailing have to do with wine making? For Dry Creek Vineyard it means everything. Both require a specialized knowledge and an understanding of mechanics. Each must utilize a […]

Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux: A tasting of Bordeaux’s 2013 Vintage

For Bordeaux 2013 was a difficult year. Unexpected rain and cold weather in May played havoc on the grapes especially the reds. This was followed by an early harvest with […]

Silvestri Vineyards: Taking wine to a higher note

An excellent bottle of wine is like music to one’s ears. In the case of Silvestri Vineyards the meaning is twofold. First owner Alan Silvestri is a composer of film […]

Holman Ranch: A place of celebration, passion and wine

When traveling to Carmel most people envision Carmel By The Sea but one must not forget the Carmel Valley, an area that highlights a more rural pastoral landscape. If you […]

Matos Winery: Prince Edward Island’s hidden gem

You never know where you might spot a winery. When a group of wine writers were touring Prince Edward Island, Canada they discovered there are three wineries on the island […]

Discovering Naoussa

Wine tastings are a fabulous way to discover new wines and varietals from around the world but in the case of the Greek wines of Naoussa, visiting this area of […]

Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards: A shining star for Malibu and the Central Coast

Sometimes there are all sorts of special treats in our backyards or perhaps just around the corner. Living in West Los Angeles, Malibu is always a draw. Most people think […]

Chateau Ste Michelle and Chihuly: A fusion of art and wine

Art, music, food and wine; what could be more tantalizing to all our senses than when you combine them all together. Such is the case when Chateau Ste Michelle offers […]

Beyond Xinomavro: Wine discoveries in Naoussa and Amyndeon

A trip to Greece can be a wine lovers paradise. With over 300 different varietals one is always bound to find something new whether it be a new wine or […]

Kitá Wines: The balance between earth and vine

The pursuit of balance in the winemaking process comes in many forms. For many wineries it is the foundation behind the winery. Balance is very important to the philosophy of […]

Pearl Morissette Estate Winery: A hidden secret on Canada’s Niagara Peninsula

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario is located in one of Canada’s well known wine regions but just outside the area is a town called Jordan, which features a little gem […]

Marché Jean-Talon: Montreal’s quintessential market

The virtues of the city of Montreal come in many forms. History tells us that Montreal’s cultural beginnings were derived from both the French and the English. But the life […]

Lang & Reed Wine Company: Exemplifying the virtues of Cabernet Franc

Our lives take different paths and as we maneuver down each road we traverse, it establishes how we come to know the people we encounter along the way. Such is […]

When two chefs meet at The Looking Glass Restaurant

The collaboration of two chefs from different restaurant venues across our nation, joining together for an extraordinary meal and experience is not unique but in the case of Celebrity Chef […]

Bodegas Artadi: Maintaining wine traditions while keeping up with the times

A chance meeting can turn into a delightful wine discovering. Such was the case when the opportunity availed itself to meet and enjoy lunch at La Paella Restaurant with Carlos […]

Wine and Fire: Enjoying the wines of Sta. Rita Hills

It is always a night to remember when you come out to enjoy the wines of Sta. Rita Hills. Set against the backdrop of the La Purisima Mission and the […]

A Greek adventure wining and dining in Elinos vineyards

Picnicking in the vineyard is one of the many highlights one enjoys with the wine tasting experience. Take this idea one step beyond what many of us are acquainted with […]

Wine innovation begins at The Garagiste Festival

It was a modern marvel when it was built in 1931 but now the Wiltern Theater is a relic of an Art Deco era that is past. Recently the theater […]

Athens Greece: Where Greek travels must begin

Touring Athens is a must for any traveler. Even on a Sunday you can feel the bustle of energy in this city. There is an underlying aura that goes back […]

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: The wines of the past, present and future

One of the beauties of wine is its ability to age and develop over time. For a wine writer it is a delight when a winery offers to let you […]

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

View all 14 photos It was a real treat to participate in the first ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from […]

Champagne Jacquart: Pleasure and passion in a glass of Champagne Use your key for the next article

Celebrating 50 years, Champagne Jacquart is considered young in spirit, innovation and production for this region of France. To inaugurate this special year the winery is introducing the Mosaic collection, […]

Truvée Wines: Sisters unite through wine

The McBride sisters’ story has many firsts and their two wineries are built out of the love they have for each other. Robin and Andréa McBride are not only women […]

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery: Sharing the Arizona wine experience

As Californians we are spoiled by the selection of wine produced in our home state and often overlook some outstanding choices from other regions in the United States. Arizona is […]

Kimmel Vineyards: From cattle ranch to winemaking

When first meeting Jim Kimmel one immediately senses his commitment to his family, relatives, the Ranch his father and mother, Ed and Lillian Kimmel began in 1963 and the grapes […]

Nicolas Feuillatte: Champagne with distinction

When you think of Champagne you typically do not think of a vertical tasting or decanting older Champagne to bring out the flavors and the nose. During a recent tasting […]

Premier Cru Collection: Stemware that enhances the wine

The enjoying wine not only encompasses the bottle of wine chosen but also the company you are with, the cuisine you are pairing with each wine and the glass that […]

Crawford Family Wines: In pursuit of balance

Each year the wines from Crawford Family Wines get better and better as I have impressively watched the growth and development of this winery. I first discovered Crawford wines at […]

Skinner Vineyards and Winery: A family’s legacy becomes a passion for wine

As one explores the world of wines, interesting connections are made between winemakers and owners. These experiences show how small our universe can be. On a tour to El Dorado […]

Familia Zuccardi: An Argentine family wine tradition spanning three generations

World Malbec Day has passed but I cannot help but reminisce about my adventures in Argentina. My memories drift to my final day in Mendoza and the land of Malbec […]

Experiencing Hendrick’s Gin lighter than air Flying Cucumber

Every once in a while we are given an opportunity that one might call a once in a lifetime experience that one should not turn down. I was given the […]

Xinomavro: The Greek wine of Naoussa

Greece is probably one of the oldest wine regions in the world. In biblical times the Greeks brought the first vines to Europe. Today this country lays claim to over […]

Provence: It’s all about Rosé

The South of France is synonymous with Rosé as this type of wine becomes increasingly more popular. For some people there is a stigma against this pink colored wine while […]

Sandeman Cask 33: An outstanding limited edition Tawny Port

It is a very special year for Sandeman. This year is the 225th anniversary of this company’s existance. To celebrate, the company has released a very distinctive one of a […]

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers\’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case […]

Roccafiore Winery: A passion for life with wine

A love of his native land was what brought Leonardo Baccarelli to purchase the property that is now Roccafiore Winery in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, situated […]

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces and those in turn form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is […]

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana. Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker and a magnificent and […]

Achaval-Ferrer: A purest approach to making Argentine wine

In Argentina the combination of purity in winemaking, terroir– driven wines and old vines is symbolic of one winery, Achaval-Ferrer. It is the passion of the winery owners to produce […]

Remembering Mendoza

As life leads us in different directions, sometimes we are offered a once in a lifetime experience that we should take advantage of and not turn down. My trip to […]

Kaiken Premium Wines: A passion for great wine Use your key for the next article

Finding true passion in winemaking is one of the ingredients for making an outstanding wine. This is the case when you meet Aurelio Montes, Jr., winemaker for Kaiken Premium Wines. […]

Toby: A blind dog’s journey

Every once in a while I come upon a story that is so inspiring and moving, it really resonates with me. Such is the case when I was visiting Ecluse […]

L’Aventure: Bringing together the best of Bordeaux and Rhone

The entire winemaking process is an adventure. This journey begins with the establishment of the winery and continues through the process of growing the grapes, harvesting and putting ones creative […]

Narrow Gate Vineyards: Defining wines through a biodynamic footprint

In this day and age many wineries choose to utilize green practices in both the winery and vineyard. Biodynamic is an old principle but is a newer philosophy of farming […]

Argentine Adventures: Touring the land of Malbec

World Malbec Day is April 17, 2014.  As the day celebrating this fine varietal approaches I reminisce about my adventures in Argentina, the trip made possible by Uncorking Argentina. Although […]

Domaine Porto Carras: A Greek experience with old world vines

Opportunities come in many forms and when you are a wine lover it could be experiencing wines from a new region.  In my case, the door opened for me to […]

Boeger Winery: Pioneering the rebirth of wine in El Dorado County

The Sierra Foothills presents itself as a sleepy wine community but therein lies some fabulous wineries creating many marvelous wines.  One is Boeger, a winery that is one of the […]

Uncorking Argentina: Experiencing the beauty of Argentina

Discovering Mendoza, Argentina can be made easy with Uncorking Argentina. Uncorking Argentina opens your eyes to experience all that Argentina has to offer or one might say they are uncorking […]

The Gargiste Festival: Showcasing the best artisan winemakers

The Garagiste Festival is the place to discover the latest boutique wineries that have emerged on the California scene.  These are the innovators in the field or the new kids […]

Crawford Family Wines: Passion is the key to their wines

Is it the key to opening the door or just pushing the door ajar?  In the case of Crawford Family Wines it is both.  The key is the branding symbol […]

El Dorado Wine Country: Discovering the liquid gold of the Sierra Foothills

El Dorado Wine Country is situated in the Sierra Foothills.  For many this may seem like a newer region but in actuality the area has been around for a very […]

Kessler-Haak Vineyards and Wines: Making a big splash with sparkling wines

It is always exciting to discover that a winery I follow has created something new.  Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines has some new wonderful additions to their portfolio of wines.  They […]

San Luis Obispo County: Enjoying the sights with a dog in tow

My devotion to my dogs includes traveling with them because they add a new and exciting dimension to our journeys.  The other reason is my mother does not like to […]

Drawn to Santa Barbara County Wine Country via Stagecoach Wine Tours

For those wine enthusiasts who love to make weekend jaunts to the Santa Ynez or the Santa Rita Hills, there are many ways to visit the Santa Barbara County Wineries. […]

Pet-friendly hotels: Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix

There are hotels I call real gems and worth taking the time to travel from Los Angeles to enjoy on many different levels.  One such hotel is the Arizona Biltmore, […]

Cafe Quackenbush: A colorful palette of art and cuisine

  My husband and I had gone in to our Audi Dealer to test drive the new Audi Allroad as we are thinking about replacing our 2001 Audi Allroad. Little […]

Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines: A passion for wine made real

  The wineries of the Ste. Rita Hills focus primarily on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines is one of those wineries but they also create […]