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The Napa Earthquake: It Was Bad… But It Could Have Been Worse

We native Californians know that when an earthquake hits, it can take days and sometimes even weeks to fully grasp the extent of the damage. Today, social media can further muddy the waters as thousands of people post and tweet

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A Rude Awakening in North Coast Wine Country

I first learned of the earthquake that struck California’s North Coast wine country early Sunday morning when I logged on to Facebook and read this post from a “friend of a friend”: “To all my non-nor cal, wine loving peeps:

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Is a Go

Earlier this month, nearly five years since Hurricane Neki caused minor damage to the northwestern Hawaiian islands, it appeared that America’s 50th state was going to be hit by two hurricanes, one right after the other. Fortunately, Hurricane Iselle ended

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Eat and Drink Like Royalty in Long Beach

The Queen Mary has been a major Southern California tourist attraction for decades — still majestic, still somewhat mysterious, and home to one of the region’s signature dining experiences. Ascend to the highest level of the ship, and you’ll encounter

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Newport Beach Gets Its Own Wine-Focused Festival

I mentioned in Friday’s blog that I grew up in Orange County, California. Specifically, the Johnson family lived on the Balboa Peninsula, part of the city of Newport Beach. Newport has a deserved reputation as a “ritzy” area, but our

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Should Orange County Be Called ‘The G.C.’?

I grew up in Orange County, California, and not once in all those years did I ever hear my home county referred to as “The O.C.” A popular television series changed all that, however, and the abbreviated nickname has become

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Summer Begins Here… But the Wine Tasting Ends Sunday

The 2014 edition of the Orange County Fair is winding down, but there’s still one weekend remaining to take in a seminar conducted by the Orange County Wine Society. The Society does a great job running the annual Orange County

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Touring & Tasting Unveils List of 8 Napa Valley Tasting Rooms Worth Visiting

There are more than 500 wineries in California’s Napa Valley. No wonder it has been called, “Disneyland for grown-ups.” That number is both a blessing and a curse for wine lovers. It’s a blessing because there are so many choices

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Taste (Bleepin’) Merlot on the 10th Anniversary of ‘Sideways’

Hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since the movie Sideways turned the wine industry on its ear, briefly derailing sales of Merlot and provoking widespread planting of Pinot Noir vines. As fans of the movie will recall,

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Sips and Swirls Between the Songs: Where to Find Great Wine Near This Year’s Biggest Music Festivals

Rare is the wine festival that does not include some sort of music. The type of music doesn’t seem to matter; the wine-drinking experience just seems to be enhanced by melodic sounds. We’re now deep into America’s music festival season,

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