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Napa or Sonoma? The Small City Vibe vs. the Country Side

When planning a getaway weekend to Northern California’s wine country, you have many decisions to make: where to stay, where to eat, which wineries to visit… But the very first decision that must be made is which region to visit:

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A Trip to a Tasting Room: Do I Really Need to Spit Out Each Wine?

You’ve probably read it in wine books, or perhaps even in this blog: When visiting a winery tasting room, it’s a good idea to spit out each sip of wine after sloshing it around your mouth to taste it. I’ve

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Visit These Haunted Wineries… If You Dare

Halloween will be here before you know it. This I know because two full aisles of my local pharmacy are packed with candy and decorations. With the “holiday” comes tales of the unexplainable, of ghosts inhabiting places far beyond those

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Grape Growers and Their Timely Harvest

Whether it’s peace and tranquility that you seek, or total immersion in the winemaking process, there is a season in wine country that will fit your demeanor and desires. California wine country, from Temecula in the south to Lake County

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All About Tempranillo

The couple had been sitting at the restaurant’s bar for just over 90 minutes. They’d been noshing on an array of tapas — mushroom carpaccio with wasabi vinaigrette, a mini Spanish omelet with chorizo sausage, fried eggplant with honey, chicken

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The Natural Wine Craze: What’s It All About?

Every generation wants to make its mark, and in the world of wine, the spreading popularity of “natural wine” can be credited largely to the interest of Millennials. As Tom Madrecki, who has partnered in a pop-up wine bar in

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Wineries Where Man’s Best Friend Are Welcome

When I mention Winery Dogs, I’m not taking about the classic-rockish “super group” of the same name, which is due to release its third album on August 4. No, I’m talking about actual dogs at actual wineries — in some

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Why Prosecco Is Considered ‘The New Bubbly’

The year was 2015. It was a momentous year in the history of wine. In the United Kingdom, for the first time ever, sales of Italian Prosecco surpassed sales of French Champagne. Take a moment to digest that factoid. Never

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Wine City: An Amusement Park for Adults

It may seem incongruous to place the word “Chateau” before the words “Changyu Baron Balboa Xinjiang,” but this European-inspired winery in China’s resort city of Yantai is poised to become much more than just a wine estate. It’s being transformed

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What the Start of Summer Means for Your Wine Plans

There is no part of the year that is unimportant in the vineyard. That said, some seasons are more important than others, and summer is when the grapes on the vines receive most of the nourishing sunshine they need to

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