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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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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

Highly Elevated Wining and Dining in Los Angeles

Even though Southern California’s high-rise buildings have survived even the strongest earthquakes — and are designed with that very purpose in mind — I’m still a little hesitant to go inside them, let alone ascend to their highest floors. I’m

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Do Not Fear Tapas… or the Wines That Go With Them

What is it about Spanish tapas that seem to intimidate people? Look around. Small plates are everywhere. Even restaurants not focused on small plates often offer an appetizer combo platter. But the cuisine that started it all — tapas —

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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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A Fun Wine Experience 40 Minutes from Milwaukee

Even if you are not a Green Bay Packers fan… even if you absolutely hate the Packers… you owe it to yourself to take a tour of Lambeau Field. Obviously, I’m just a tad prejudiced when it comes to the

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