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Exploring the Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route

It’s a leap year. What will you do with your extra day? Well, since much international travel involves “losing a day” either to time in the air or making up sleep, you might want to consider targeting 2016 as the

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Family Wineries Beckon in Western Iowa

Six wineries in Iowa — a state better known for its corn and soybean production — have united to form the Western Iowa Wine Trail. Although its often-harsh winters would seem to be a hindrance to quality winemaking, Iowa is

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

3 ‘Green’ Stories to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue

Before we celebrate the red, white and blue this weekend, let’s take a quick look at three wineries that take “green” winegrowing seriously — Cuvaison, Marimar Estate and Quivira… CUVAISON — The Cuvaison winery was established in 1969 on the

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

A New York ‘Vinifera’ Pioneer Still Going Strong After 56 Years

In France, Italy and Germany, it’s not unusual to encounter wineries that have been owned and operated by the same family for generations. Multi-generational wineries are not so common in the United States, partly because America is a relatively young

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Slow Down and Savor the Wines of Texas

Across America and around the world, wineries in specific geographic areas have joined forces to form groups for the purposes of promotion and marketing. In California, for instance, we have the Russian River Valley Winegrowers in Sonoma County, the Rutherford

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The Secrets of Bell Mountain, the First AVA in Texas

Given California’s place in the wine world today, you might think that it was the first state where Franciscan priests established vineyards. That’s what I’d always assumed… until I did a little digging. It turns out that during the 17th

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The Order of Things: Getting the Most Out of a Wine Tasting

The first time you visit a tasting room at a winery, it can be a daunting experience. Daunting in a delicious, palate-awakening, senses-satiating way… but daunting nonetheless. This is especially true if the winery offers lots of wines to sample.

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Posted in Wine Tips

Touring & Tasting Unveils List of 8 Napa Valley Tasting Rooms Worth Visiting

There are more than 500 wineries in California’s Napa Valley. No wonder it has been called, “Disneyland for grown-ups.” That number is both a blessing and a curse for wine lovers. It’s a blessing because there are so many choices

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