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Vino in the Negev? A New Wine Country Experience Beckons

Bordeaux. Napa Valley. The Veneto. Rheinhessen. Rioja. All of these geographic names are recognizable as wine regions. Hear the name, and you immediately know what “wine country” it’s connected to. Bordeaux — France. Napa Valley — The United States (specifically,

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The Thrill of the Grill… With Thrilling Wines

We love the aromas and flavors that oak barrel aging impart in wine — aromas and flavors that range from sweet to smoky. But because those flavors can be so assertive, many wines that see extensive time in new oak

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Where to ‘Do Wine’ in L.A., Sonoma, Chicago and Copenhagen

You can find wine… and have a fabulous “wine experience”… just about anywhere these days. You just have to know where to look. We’re here to help with four suggestions — from Los Angeles to Sonoma… and from Chicago to

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2015 Auction Napa Valley Is Truly Legend-ary

How much would you be willing to spend to have John Legend — the nine-time Grammy award, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning musician — sing for you and 29 of your closest friends? And what if you could have that intimate

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Traveling This Summer? Wine Awaits!

Planning a getaway this summer? Make sure you plan wine in your itinerary — whether you’re going to “wine country” or not. Here are three ideas — one in the Midwest… one in California’s North Coast wine country… and one

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3 Wine-Focused ‘Trips of a Lifetime’

If the long three-day weekend got you thinking about taking a longer vacation later in the year, we have a few ideas to share. In its May issue, National Geographic Traveler features a story called, “50 Tours of a Lifetime,”

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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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