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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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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

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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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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Posted in Editor's Journal

10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Tasting Room Visit

It’s California Wine Month, and until we get that law passed that allows people to buy their wine only from Vinesse, we know you’re probably going to stop by a winery (or two or three) when the occasion arises. September

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Pinot Grigio: The Perfect Pairing Partner for Seafood

It’s really exciting to see what the Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival has become since Michael Ecton and Janet Ciel teamed up to run it. The 2016 edition will take place Aug. 27-28 in the quaint Sonoma County village

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Buzz

5 Tips for Your Tasting Room Visit

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which means summer is right around the corner. And that means tasting rooms at wineries across the country will be buzzing. If you’re not familiar with the tasting room experience… or even if you

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Posted in In the Cellar

Art and Culture Converge in Finger Lakes Wine Country

Famous for its rolling vineyards and the flavors that come out of them, Finger Lakes Wine Country has been a wine lover’s paradise since late in the 20th century. But there’s more to the region’s story than just a lot

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An Under-the-Radar Destination for BBQ, Wine and Music

One of the great joys of traveling to California’s North Coast wine country is discovering little hidden gems for dining. It’s easy to find Michelin-starred restaurants in the printed guidebooks and through online resources, but I much prefer to find

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Getting to North Coast Wine Country Just Got Easier

There’s good news for people who live in or around Orange County, Calif., and like to travel to the state’s world-famous North Coast Wine Country. Alaska Airlines has added flights from John Wayne Airport to Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz

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