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The MUST Visit Wineries in Santa Cruz

By Tom Masters, Contributing Writer Santa Cruz is well-known for being the “birthplace” of surfing and hosting more than 20 luxurious miles of sandy shoreline where surfers gather to hit the waves. You may be surprised to hear that just like Napa Valley and other popular wine worthy areas of the country, Santa Cruz is …

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Interview with a winemaker, Jessica Munnell, Mercer Estates

It is all about balance, balance, balance… Of course it’s about the balance, we’re talking wine with Jessica Munnell, the winemaker at Mercer Estates in Washington. I have yet to spend time exploring the Washington wine region – outside of my local wine shop – so I jumped at the chance to learn more by …

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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 …

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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 …

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Interview with a Winemaker, Jay Christianson with Canyon Wind Cellars

Sipping in Colorado Wine with Jay Christianson, Canyon Wind Cellars Earlier this summer I was invited to a small, private, wine tasting for writers here in Colorado. The gathering was specifically put together to preview wines that had won the Governor’s Cup Wine Competition, an annual competition recognizing the top wines in Colorado. This year, …

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Exploring the Pennsylvania Wine Trails

Sipping in all that the Pennsylvania wine trails have to uncork Guest Post, by Kayla Matthews Did you know the state of Pennsylvania has more than 300 wineries? It ranks 5th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 7th in the production of wine. Pennsylvania’s moderate growing climate and ideal terrain means that it …

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Planning a wine tour in Italy? What the experts have to say on wine tasting in Italy.

Planning a wine tasting trip isn’t as easy as it may sound, especially if you’re planning one in a wine region you are unfamiliar with. I have learned this the hard way… When it comes to Napa Valley and Paso Robles I can map out at least a weeks worth of wine tastings but put …

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Check-in: Hotel Prince De Galles in Menton, France

On our recent visit to the the French Riviera, we visited the town of Menton and stayed at Hotel Prince De Galles much to the thanks of the reviews on TripAdvisor and ratings on American Express Travel – two of my go-to resources when booking hotels. There were a few things the reviews didn’t share though, …

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The French Riviera: A Short Guide to Menton

Located on the French Riviera, along the Franco-Italian border Menton has been nicknamed “The Pearl of France” and it’s very apparent as to why. Nestled in between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Menton provides a slower pace to life all while giving its visitors much of the wonders its neighboring towns – Nice, Monaco, Monte …

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Interview with a Winemaker: Ryan O’Connell, NakedWines

Have you heard the story about the family from the United States who moved to France, bought a vineyard and started making wine? And did I mention they didn’t have any winemaking experience? One might think that story ends badly – either in vinegar or bankruptcy. But thanks of a few Angels – angel investors …

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20 Things to Know About Paso Robles

It’s Wine Wednesday! Time for a little wine trivia for you wine lovers – and those traveling to Paso Robles. The Paso Robles wine region is California’s third largest and fastest growing wine region and it’s becoming quite the wine destination for travelers. Here are 20 fun facts, try quizzing your friends on your next …

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries: A Visit to Peller Estates

Last year I spent a week in Toronto and was able to see a lot of things and taste some great Candaina Icewine BUT I didn’t have a chance to get out to any wineries. So, I’m very excited to have Tamara Gruber a family travel blogger at We3Travel.com share her thoughts and experience after …

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The Wines of Summer: Three Rose Wines to Drink this Summer

Summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21, 2014 but for my family it begins this week with the kids getting out of school for THREE MONTHS. Did I mention, they would be home for three months… There will be several adventures to come over the next three months, not to mention several bottles of wine …

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Wine on a Plane: World’s Best In-Flight Wine Lists

Did you know airlines are judged on their inflight wine selections? I didn’t but I do love having wine on a plane. Not only are they “judged” on the wine selections but they’re given an award for their list of wine. The annual Business Traveller’s Cellars in the Sky awards, which recognizes the best business and …

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A Winemakers Tale: Adam Campbell, Elk Cove Vineyards

Welcome to this month’s edition of A Winemakers Tale where I feature interviews with winemakers from different wine regions around the world. Seeing as I’m still feeding (or rather sipping) my mild obsession with Oregon wine country I have discovered yet another AMAZING Pinot Noir to grace my dinner table. It seemed only fitting to try and interview its …

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A Winemakers Tale: Alexandrine Roy, Winemaker for Phelps Creek Vineyards & Domaine Marc Roy

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are two of my favorite summer wines. This summer I discovered two new favorites from Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Oregon wine country. I  recently had the privilege to interview its winemaker, Alexandrine Roy who brings a bit of old world to new world winemaking. Alexandrine is a fourth-generation winemaker at Domaine Marc Roy in the village of …

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Piedmont Wine Tours: Harvest Lunch in Barbaresco

By Valerie Quintanilla Tuesday morning started low key. I had no Piedmont wine tours planned so I thought I’d just hike it out a bit, write, read, and have a leisurely day in Neive. Returning from my morning walk I found Leslie getting ready to head to Ornella’s vineyard, Pasquale Pelissero, to help her prepare …

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