Monthly Archives: June 2016

Test Your Wine Knowledge… and Make Me Feel Smarter!

It has become a regular weekday evening ritual for my new bride and her daughter (a freshman in college) to watch Jeopardy! together, often while we’re eating dinner. It is a humbling experience for all of us, simply confirming how

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Exploring New Zealand’s Wine Regions

When I was in elementary school, I always seemed to gravitate to kids who didn’t seem to have a lot of friends, or were on the quiet side, or came from a different part of the world. I don’t really

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Merlot’s Perfect Pairing Partner

Twenty-five years can pass in the blink of an eye. This became abundantly clear when I ran across a booklet from the 1991 Sonoma County Showcase and Auction over the weekend. I remember there being a big wine-tasting event that

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An Inn and a Restaurant for French Wine Lovers

Because so much of wine’s history is linked to France, that country will always hold a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. Today, I’d like to tell you about a French inn that’s attracting foodies from around the

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Another Weekend Getaway: Atascadero Wine Festival

In yesterday’s blog, we told you about the Grapes & Grub Festival, which is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, June 25) in Clarksburg, Calif. In case you can’t make it to that event, but happen to be traveling in California’s Central

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Traveling Near Sacramento? Check Out Grapes & Grub

I know this is really short notice, but I just found out about the Grapes & Grub Festival while driving through the California Delta earlier this week. The festival is going to be held at the Old Sugar Mill, which

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The Culinary Value of a Well-Made Wine

I was chatting with a winemaker who is based in southern Oregon the other day while we ran through four of his current releases. Because he has been both a full-time winemaker and a part-time consultant for numerous well-known wineries

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More Wine and Music Together: Check Out Ironstone’s Schedule

Because I’m a music lover in addition to being a wine lover, I like to keep you posted on music events at wineries or in “wine country.” Most years, I share the schedules at Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif.; Vina

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It’s Time for Consumers to Meet Restaurants Half-Way

As a wine consumer, I have a love/hate relationship with fine-dining restaurants — the kind that have outstanding wine lists to complement their exceptional food. I love them because, in most cases, the wines are curated by a sommelier who

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A Perfect Dinner Destination in Lodi Wine Country

Something I’ve always liked to do after a long day of visiting wineries… after grabbing a nap… is enjoy a good meal at a local restaurant. When visiting California’s Lodi wine country, I’ve always found that to be a challenge.

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log
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