Blog Archives

The Past, Present and Future of White Wine

Everything goes in cycles, and so it is with white wine. In ancient times, much of the most coveted wine was white — typically sweet, and often fortified so it could be transported from the place of origin to faraway

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Posted in Editor's Journal

4 Reasons Sonoma County Should Be at the Top of Your Wine Travel List

People often are surprised when they learn that California’s Napa Valley does not hold the No. 1 position on my list of favorite wine regions to visit. Don’t get me wrong; I love Napa… and I love Napa Valley wines.

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Perfect Reds and Dazzling Whites of the Pacific Northwest

Whether you get your national weather report each morning from ABC, CBS, ABC, The Weather Channel or some other source, you’re probably never surprised when you hear that it’s going to be stormy in Portland and Seattle. But not all

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

The New Sparkling Wine Taking on Champagne

Spain is about to “take on” France in the realm of world-class sparkling wine. France has always taken Champagne-making seriously, and has worked diligently to protect the “Champagne” designation in the global wine marketplace. As a result, with rare exceptions,

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Posted in Wine Buzz, Wine in the Glass

2 Wine-and-Cheese Pairings to Try Before You Die

I never knew I liked blue cheese until I tried it soft and warm atop a thick, juicy steak. I never knew that what we in America think of as Swiss cheese really isn’t until I went to Switzerland. For

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Wine Showdown: Australia vs. New Zealand

Head-to-head encounters in cricket, rugby, hockey and netball have been known to evoke heated exchanges between Aussies and Kiwis. The sports fans of Australia and New Zealand love their teams, and aren’t about to back down from some friendly banter

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Posted in Wine in the Glass, Wine Region Profiles

I Love Kids… Just Not in Wine Country

Over the years, I can recall a few wineries that made attempts at becoming “kid-friendly.” There may still be a few around. But for the most part, those policies went the way of “kid-friendly” Las Vegas. (Remember the big amusement

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Tuscany? Someday. Meanwhile, Let’s Drink Some Italian Wine

People love Italy for an array of reasons. Some can be very specific about what it is they love; others simply know they love it. A sampling of observations… “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” —

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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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Posted in Editor's Journal, Our Wine Travel Log

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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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log, Wine Buzz
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