Robin Dohrn-Simpson

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Mar 2011

Robin Dohrn-Simpson is a San Diego freelance writer who writes for magazines and ezines. When not sitting at her desk she can usually be found exploring the corners of San Diego or the world. Her passions include wine, food, adventure travel, exercise and scrapbooking. She is writing a Young Adults mystery novel. Robin holds a Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine at San Diego State University. She enjoys teaching Tai Chi Chih and Yoga in Poway. Robin is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. To see where she is currently exploring check out her website at: 

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Published Articles (69)

Ice Cider, Cidre de Glace The Creation and Growth of a New Industry

Apples are prevalent in the northern climates. Canada, Washington, Vermont, Norway and Denmark are all famous for their apples. In the eastern United States and Canada you will find Cortland, […]

The Emerging World of Biopesticides in the Vineyard

As grape growers know, vineyards have common primary diseases – powdery mildew, botrytis and sour rot in the western U.S.; and downy mildew, black rot and Phomopsis in the eastern […]

Cold Hardy Grapes: University of Minnesota Releases the Itasca Grape

The University of Minnesota has a fabulous viticultural program. They have many different grape varieties in production at any given time. They now have the new Itasca grape ready to […]

Turning Your Brewing Passion into a Business: A Guide to Starting a Brewery

So you have the desire, the passion, the funding and a comprehensive business plan to start a brewery. Now what? There are many aspects of starting and running a business […]

Wake Up In The Vineyards: Deluxe Retro Trailer Glamping In Paso Robles

This article is about a unique glamping experience in the vineyard. Retro Trailer glamping has all the comforts of home, including tasting and yoga in the vineyards.

Pascal Restaurant In San Juan Capistrano Serves Up Classic French Cuisine

Chef Pascal Olhats moved to Orange County over 40 years ago from St. Tropez, France. He says of his French culinary heritage that he was one of the first chefs […]

Sparkling Wines of Ramona and Julian

This article explores different sparkling wines that are being produced in San Diego’s east county. Pet Nat from Ramona Ranch, Viognier Sparkling wine from Cactus Star at Scaredy Cat Ranch […]

Healthy Soil, Healthy Vines, Tasty Wines: A Year in a Biodynamic Vineyard

Basics of Biodynamic Agriculture. This articles discusses what biodynamic farming is and goes into a month-to-month description of what to do to prepare your vineyard.

What Will You Do When The Big Boys Come Knocking?

Discussion about selling out to AB In-Bev. Yeah or Nay?

Santa Barbara County Rugged Pacific Coast, Cooling Ocean Breezes, Transverse Canyon and 50 Different Grape Varietals

Santa Barbara County, just two hours northwest of Los Angeles, is one of the most magical, captivating places in California with its mild Mediterranean climate, white Spanish-style villas with red […]

Kosher Wines For Passover Seders, Or Just For Fun

The wine review council met and paired kosher wines from Israel with foods. We also had a great lesson on the Jewish seder. Thanks to Royal Wine Corp for donating […]

Vallarta Food Tours- Taco Roundup

I enjoyed a street food tour of Puerto Vallarta! My how the food scene is alive and well in Mexico!

The making of Raicilla

Mexico is famous for Tequila, Mezcal and now Raicilla. Thank you Agave plants. They thrive in the different desert-like climates of central Mexico. Just as potato is to vodka, agave […]

Wine in Cans

The Market Canned wines are transforming picnic baskets around the world. You drink it directly from the can, like you do a beer. It’s the perfect drinking vessel. Today a […]

Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley, California Marketing Case Study

Duckhorn Wine Company’s marketing plan, created at least six months in advance of an upcoming year focuses on quantifiable goals. For instance, if they want to grow Merlot sales, they […]

Beekeeping: Trials, Tribulations and Solutions

Update on the state of bees in the USA. From a beekeeper and a producer of Mead.

Smooth Operator– Pumps & Drives for the Brewery

This is a technical article regarding pumps and drives used in breweries.

East County Vineyards and Wineries are Beginning to Come of Age

The Highway 94 wineries in south San Diego are the new wine trail. Edible San Diego loves Wineries.

Renaissance of California’s Oldest Wine Region

San Diego is both the oldest and newest wine region in California. How did that happen? Read about the renaissance of this unique wine region.

Serenity in the Midst of Activity

The healing powers of Tai Chi and Qigong.

Croce’s Park West Restaurant prepares for San Diego Restaurant Week

Ingrid Croce invited me to preview the menu for San Diego Restaurant Week.

Serenity in the Midst of Activity

This article is about the healing powers of Tai Chi and Qigong (pronounced Chi-gong). Edible San Diego published this article to help people learn about alternative health care.

Vignoble Les Pervenches- Making Wine While Wearing a Down Parka

Learning about grape growing and wine making from the colder climates of Canada. Learning about new varietals and how to “put down” the vines for winter was very interesting.

Craft Cider Revival in Canada – Union Libre Cidery

Fueled by a thirst for craft drinks and an abundance of apple trees, eastern Canada is experiencing an artisanal craft cider explosion. Cider, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple […]

Wynola: More than just a stop en route to Julian

Wynola might be a tiny blip on the map but it’s a friendly and welcoming place worth a stop, look and see. Julian Station has numerous boutique shops, antique stores […]

Craft Cider Revival in Canada-Domaine Pinnacle Cider

I had the privilege of visiting two cideries in Canada this summer. There is a craft cider revival going on!

The King of Restaurant Design, Paul Basile Brings Distinctive Designs to San Diego

Paul has earned his solid reputation as the king of hot restaurant designs. This year, BASILE Studio is expanding and designing creative office spaces, boutique hotels, and their first interior […]

Call Her a Winemaker, Not a Female Winemaker

Alysha Stehly is an Enologist for Vesper Vineyards. She is also the Winemaker for Stehleon Winery in Escondido California. She doesn’t feel that being a female winemaker is unique, and […]

Golden Coast Mead: Sunshine and Flowers in a Glass

San Diego-style Mead is light and refreshing, something that you want to drink in warm climate. When you taste these meads you can taste the different essences of the honey […]

Stone World Bistro and Gardens: A Great Success Story

Stone World Bistro and Gardens, sometimes referred to as the “Adult Disneyland”, is a world unto itself. The main brewery and restaurant located in a northern suburb of San Diego, […]

Enjoying great wines and Ambiance at VinDiego 2015

Third Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival The epitome of the San Diego lifestyle: palm trees, sunshine, food and wine. Liberty Station in Point Loma, the converted naval training center, […]

San Diego’s Highland Valley Wine Trail Catching the Rhythm of the Valley

“Wine has a rhythm to it,” muses Denise Clark, musician, music lover, winemaker and co-owner of Altipiano Winery. “It’s like a symphony waiting to be played. There’s a beat and […]

Venture Away to Sunny San Diego and Quaint Coronado Island

Made famous by Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like it Hot”, the Hotel del Coronado, is a luxury resort that was built in the early 1900s.

Corazon de Tierra Restaurant- Synchronistic Lunch in Valle de Guadalupe

My husband and I had one of the best meals of our lives last week in Baja California. Voted in the top 50 restaurants of Latin America, Corazon de Tierra […]

Oxnard Wine Trail: Ventura County

For so many years I’ve blown through Oxnard on my way north to its more famous neighbor, Santa Barbara. But one hour north of Los Angeles you will find the […]

Anacapa Island: The American Galapagos Islands

A visit to Anacapa Island, twelve miles from the mainland and a fun day excursion from Oxnard harbor.

San Diego Wine Scene- Urban Wineries

This is the first of a series of articles focusing on the urban winery scene in San Diego. Published by Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine.

2nd Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival

The Ramona art scene is flourishing. This festival was the 2nd fundraiser for the HEART murals for downtown Ramona. Published by Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine.

Ramona Wines are Showcased by Chef Erin Sealy

Chef Erin Sealy of Wine Pairs Events and Catering, highlighted Ramona wines at a food and wine pairing at the Rivera Club. Published by Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine.

2014 Lum Eisenman Ramona Valley Wine Competition

Lum Eisenman has been a master teacher to all winemakers in Ramona at one point or another throughout the years. The wine competition is to honor him. Published by Ramona […]

Moravian Wines, Wine from the Czech Republic

The Wine Review Council met in Seal Beach California to try Czech Wines.

Julian, California Comes Alive in the Fall

one hour outside of San Diego is a gold rush community that comes alive in the Fall. Apples are everywhere. Apple Pies, ice cream, cider, caramel apples, you -pick apples […]

Highland Valley Wine Trail

“Wine has a rhythm to it,” muses Denise Clark, musician, music lover, winemaker and co-owner of Altipiano Winery. “It’s like a symphony waiting to be played. There’s a beat and […]

Rock Canyon Vineyards, Alpine California

East of San Diego, about 20 miles, is a unique winery. Located in the middle of a Rock Canyon, they specialize in Zinfandels.

Day Tripping in the Wine Ghetto: Spending a Fun Day in Lompoc

The Wine Ghetto. Just the name alone compels you to go find out what it is. Ghetto means neighborhood and that’s what it is a wine neighborhood, in Lompoc CA.

Guest Chefs: Marina Kitchen

Executive Chef Aaron Schwartz, is the culinary mastermind behind the Marina Kitchen and it’s quintessential California Cuisine. Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine featured chef.

Highland Valley Wine Trail: Catching the Rhythm of the Valley

San Diego’s Highland Valley is an up and coming wine trail. This article focuses on 4 of the wineries. Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine.

10th Annual San Diego Food and Wine Festival

San Diego shines and Ramona wines are showcased November in San Diego is always gorgeous and we can still enjoy warm weather and clear skies. The tourists for the most […]

First Annual Ramona Art & Wine Festival

    What wine would you pair with a Monet painting? A lightly oaked Chardonnay; elegant, regal, soft, smooth and blended at the edges. What about Michelangelo’s David statue? A finely […]

Jeremy’s on the Hill Food and Wine Pairing

An afternoon with Chef de Cuisine, Jeremy Manley   Jeremy Manley is one talented chef. And busy. As the owner of Jeremy’s on the Hill in Wynola, cooking isn’t foreign […]

First Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival

This art and wine festival is to benefit the H.E.A.R.T. murals that Ramona artists are painting around town. This year’s proceeds should be able to support 2 murals in town.

Cheesemaking Demonstration and Wine Tasting at Milagro Winery

Gi Claasen, from Curds and Wine, hosted a day in the wine cave making many types of cheeses. Milagro paired the different cheeses with their current wines. Jim Hart, winemaker, […]

A Taste of our Towne

Ramona wineries were featured at the 2nd Annual Taste of our Towne at the Poway Performing Arts Center.

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

My wine writing group was invited to be guest judges at the LA International Wine Competition. What a wonderful experience!

Discovering Baja California Wine Region

You go to the house with the three green arches and turn right, follow the dirt road, through the vineyards, cross the stream then follow the signs of the Kremlin. […]

Keyways Winery Debuts Traditions Wine

I stopped by to see what was happening at Keyways since there is a new winemaker. This holiday season Terri and winemaker David Raffaele are excited to introduce a new […]

It’s a Team Effort at Orfila Winery Escondido CA

At a recent wine dinner at Orfila Winery, I was reminded that good food, good wine and laughter go together. The Orfila Winery management team knows how to make people […]

San Diego & Temecula Slow Food Movement

Slow Food San Diego was founded in 2001 by Chef Gordon Smith with six members. He recognized that San Diego County is rich in bio-diversity, from organic farms and oceans […]

Terra American Bistro relocates to SDSU area

he residents of the SDSU area, this writer included, are beyond excited to welcome this wonderful restaurant to the hood. East County does not have many gourmet restaurants. Chef Jeff […]

Retirement brings a Winery Expansion in Temecula

Many people have different ideas about what retirement is going to be like. Some buy a motorhome and tool around national parks and retirement villages in the desert. Some envision […]

San Diego’s Best Outdoor Wine Patios

When you think about enjoying wine, do you only think about the complexity, the fruitiness, the tannins or the color? How about where youre enjoying the winethe setting and the […]

Stone World Bistro & Brewery FRESH Dinner

Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido is a whole world unto itself. The facility is large, has picnic grounds and offers both private and public areas to relax from […]

Cafe Champagne at Thornton Winery

Chef Steve has released the new winter menu, which follows his philosophy: take whats in season and create a menu around it. For lunch, enjoy the outdoor courtyard, the warm […]

TOAST Enoteca

Martin Gonzalez went to Italy to learn the language. He decided to study at a culinary institute and life changed for him at that school. He never had a desire […]

Exploring the Douro River Wine Region of Portugal

This charming river valley stole my heart within ten minutes. This 560-mile long river starts in Spain and ends in Porto, the northernmost region of Portugal. Translated to River of […]

Skimming the Pacific Ocean in the Sanyo Blimp

I was fortunate enough to win a ride on the Sanyo Blimp. We watched the sunset- twice, wave surfed, chased the seagulls and pelicans and floated at 32 mph.

Welcome Europa Village to the Temecula Wine Country

Temecula Wine Country is growing by leaps and bounds. Seems like every month there is another winery open. One of the newest to join in is Europa Village. This quaint […]

World of Wine Barrel tasting in Temecula

March started like a lion in the Temecula Valley with the World of Wine Barrel Tasting and Food Pairing.In two days of fun, 33 participating wineries opened their barrel rooms […]

Oxnard Wine Trail: Ventura County

For so many years I’ve blown through Oxnard on my way north to its more famous neighbor, Santa Barbara. But one hour north of Los Angeles you will find the […]