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A Romantic Way to Experience Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail

About a half-hour north of Santa Barbara, the trendy beachside community north of Los Angeles, you’ll find the southern border of California’s Central Coast wine region. In recent years, Santa Barbara itself has become a destination for wine lovers, thanks

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Exploring the Napa Valley… From Above

You may be sharing the space with a few other couples, but there’s something about floating above vineyard-covered hillsides, simply soaking in the scenery, that’s quite romantic. Napa Valley Aloft, one of the companies that offers hot air balloon rides

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Tickets Available for Major Las Vegas Wine Tasting

Check the calendar. It’s the month of romance. Specifically, it’s the month of Valentine’s Day. And just because February 14 happens to fall on a Sunday this year, you are still obligated to have a romantic evening with your Significant

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Wine Bar Brunch: Give Ampersand an Exclamation Mark!

Countless restaurants host weekly brunches — typically on the weekends, and often restricted to Sundays — when they offer extensive buffets or otherwise expand their menus with an array of creative dishes. Most of those brunches serve sparkling wine-based beverages

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Fascinating Winery Facts from Wines Vines Analytics

Back when I was a cub reporter for my hometown newspaper, covering high school baseball and football on the weekends, I knew that I was a “Figure Filbert.” That’s the nickname that was given to Ernest Lanigan, a reporter of

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Your Ticket to a Napa Valley ‘Wine Experience’

Life is about not just about people or places or things, but their sum total. In a word: experiences. That’s why, in the name of experiential marketing, some wineries no longer simply put their latest wares up for sale; they

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Napa Valley: A Twist on Controlling Development

There have been countless examples through the years of big business locking heads with agricultural concerns over the development of land. In most cases, it involves efforts to protect the land from development. But what if the big business involves

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Express the Artist Within Through DWR’s Champagne Chair Contest

Winemaking has been called a form of art. We often use the term “crafting” to describe a vintner’s work in the cellar. Wine bottle labels often involve artistic expression, and some wineries, such as Kenwood Vineyards, annually produce an “Artist

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My Favorite Chicago Pizza Restaurant and How You Can Have Amazing Pizza at Home

In case you hadn’t checked your handy dandy food-and-wine holiday calendar, be aware that this is National Pizza Week. Chicago is known for its pizza, and during the 12 years I spent living in the Windy City, I ate a

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How to Drink Wine and Enhance the Experience

It seems like the most basic of all tasks. Simply pour wine into a glass, bring the glass to your lips… and drink. Indeed, that’s really all that’s involved in drinking wine. But if you really want to experience and

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