California

Interview with a Winemaker: Leo Hansen, Stuhlmuller Vineyards (and Leo Steen Wines)
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Interview with a Winemaker: Leo Hansen, Stuhlmuller Vineyards (and Leo Steen Wines)

The tale of a European sommelier turned California winemaker… I’m a huge fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, which Alexander Valley in Sonoma County is known for, yet I’ve never spent time sipping my way through the valley. On our last trip to California we decided it was high time to explore its big Cabs for a…

Wine Facts Every Wine Lover Should Know About Napa Valley
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Wine Facts Every Wine Lover Should Know About Napa Valley

15 Napa Valley Facts You Might Not Know I’ve spent a lot of time in Napa Valley exploring the different vineyards and wineries but it wasn’t until this last trip that I wanted to really dig into it. Literally, I wanted to dig in the dirt of every place we stopped. I’ve always known the…

I want to be in an Octopuses Garden…at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
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I want to be in an Octopuses Garden…at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Earlier this month I was invited to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium to preview the new Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefish exhibit before it opened to the public. This exhibit is the largest open exhibit of the cephalopod family anywhere in the world AND is the first of its kind. It…

Paso Robles Wineries, What’s All the Hype About?
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Paso Robles Wineries, What’s All the Hype About?

As I started my research for an upcoming wine tasting trip to Paso Robles I discovered  Matthew Liberty and his Paso Robles wine and food blog, HootnAnnieBlog. The site is filled with great insider tips for people who travel to Paso Robles wineries. All of which I tried to absorb before heading that way last week. …

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Napa Valley: Charles Krug Winery – 150 years in the making

The last of my Mondavi visits this trip to the Napa Valley was to Charles Krug Wineryin St. Helena. There are still more Mondavi family wineries to visit next time though…I had not realized how excited I was to visit Charles Krug Winery until we were driving down the long, olive tree lined driveway to…