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A Little Taste of Vienna in Mammoth Lakes

In early August, Michelle and I met up with a couple of friends at a wonderful restaurant in San Diego, Calif., called 100 Wines. Only on that night, a better name would have been 99 Wines, because the one wine

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A Lesson That All Wine-Focused Restaurants Should Heed

So we were having this wonderful dinner at 100 Wines Kitchen in San Diego. It was the ideal setting for a fabulous evening: a table shared with good friends, delicious starter dishes shared with those friends, and some nice wine-by-the-glass

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How a Fabulous Evening Turned Into a Culinary Disappointment

Spending a couple weekends in San Diego recently made it abundantly clear that California’s border city is home to a vibrant wine scene. We picked up a copy of the San Diego Reader, and it provided capsule looks at two

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A Tasty Alternative to ‘Wining’ at Sea World

While the younger members of our group were waiting in line for 60 minutes to board a tube-style raft for a ride on Shipwreck Rapids, Michelle and I stood in a not-quite-so-long line to dine at Sea World’s Shipwreck Rapids

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New ‘Life’ for a 150-Year-Old Las Vegas Vine

As we pulled up to the entrance of the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, it quickly became apparent that we weren’t the only wine geeks who had come to gawk at a 150-year-old grapevine, as we described

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In Search of a 150-Year-Old Grapevine

We all know that you can’t stop progress, but sometimes I think we need to have a clearer consensus about what progress is… and what it isn’t… when decisions are being made. In Southern California, “progress” destroyed some of the

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Midwest Wine Country: More Ideas for a Fun Vacation

Rarely do we get to do everything we’d like to do while on vacation. Eating is a good example. If we ate at every good breakfast spot, every good lunch spot and every good dinner spot suggested by friends or

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A Surprising Discovery at Michigan’s Warner Vineyards

For visitors to Paw Paw, Mich., a stop at Warner Vineyards is a must — and not just because my Dad’s name was Warner. For one thing, the grounds are gorgeous, with lush landscaping, its own little “river,” bridges and

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St. Julian: A Visit to Michigan’s Oldest Winery

It was fun… and, frankly, a little emotional… re-connecting with my Dad’s bakery roots in Wisconsin, first by visiting some of my cousins in Dad’s hometown of Eau Claire, and then by stopping by a Danish bakery that specializes in

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Connecting Past and Present With Pastry

My Dad was a baker. Although he met my Mom during World War II while building airplanes at Douglas Aircraft in California — he was a supervisor of some sort, and she was a “Rosie the Riveter” — he grew

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