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The Best Winemakers Are Control Freaks

If we were talking about any other profession, you might think of them as “control freaks.” But winemakers have valid reasons for wanting to make as many decisions as they can. In point of fact, the more control the vintner

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Wine Cruising: Can’t Make It to Europe? Head for Dana Point!

When my fiancée and I were in Austria last fall, we had the opportunity to take an all-too-short cruise on the Danube as part of an all-day tour that left from our home base in Vienna. This is a picture

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Music, Food and Wine in a Spectacular Setting

I have not yet been there, but friends are raving about the acoustics, the food and the wine at the Green Music Center on the grounds of Sonoma State University. Just being in Sonoma County is always a pleasure, given

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Are You Ready to Rock? Head to Napa

Even though I’m now 57 years and four days of age, I am about to use the word “totally” in a much younger context. BottleRock is a three-day music festival set for May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in

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Las Vegas: Sin City or Sip City?

Las Vegas is a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Whether it’s a new show, a new resort, a new restaurant within a resort or a new tourist attraction that has nothing to do with a resort, Sin City offers

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Doing Things the Right Way Is Good for Everyone

In yesterday’s blog, we initiated a round of applause for winners of the first California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards, which were announced and presented recently at the University of California at Davis. The first Leader Award went to

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All Month, NVV Shines Spotlight on ‘Green’ Vintners

We’re finishing up a month devoted to Mother Earth and making this a better place for all of us to live. I’m proud to be part of an industry that takes environmental issues and sustainability seriously. Sure, a skeptic could

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Taking a Day to Explore Long Island’s North Fork

Imagine making a vacation out of planning a vacation. That’s exactly what will be happening on Saturday, June 6, when the 2nd annual Spring House & Farm Tour takes place on the North Fork of Long Island. The first event

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The Ultimate Wine and Music Experience

A very cool place to enjoy an outdoor concert is The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. It’s sort of like Ravinia, north of Chicago, or L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl — only with a much sharper focus on food and wine before

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Sonoma Museum Project: The Wine Barrel as Art

It never ceases to amaze me how wine impacts so many people in so many ways. I also am heartened by how giving the wine community is, and how it supports both charitable and community causes. With that mind, I’d

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