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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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Lesson Learned: Always Research Your Winery Visit

Growing up, I’d heard a lot about Chippewa Falls, a city that neighbors my late father’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Those Wisconsin roots explain why I grew up a Packers fan, even though I’m a California native. So when

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5 Wineries to Try in the Temecula Valley

In 1968, the planting of substantial vineyard acreage in the Temecula Valley sparked a revival in Southern California winemaking. The first wines from the new vineyards were produced many miles away by Brookside Winery in Cucamonga. But in 1974, the

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Napa Fire Is Extinguished With No Loss of Life… or Grapevines

It’s wildfire season in California — a season that has become longer in recent years due to the state’s ongoing drought. Some have described California’s rural areas as “one big tinderbox.” Over the 4th of July weekend, as I drove

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