Loire Valley Wines

Spring into Loire Valley Wines

Diversity of grape varieties is one of the best ways to describe Loire Valley wines.  Spring to Loire 2019 presented a trade tasting with three seminars, led by Matthew Kaner, focused on France’s most diverse wine region.  Not only does one find diversity of grapes in the region but diversity of the climate and soils. 

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Malbecs from Argentina

Malbec World Day: Celebrating Malbecs from Argentina

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, we celebrate Malbec World Day. It is a day to celebrate Malbecs from Argentina. Malbec World Day comes from the Spanish words “ Mundial de Malbec,” which means “Malbec throughout the world.” However, the best way to honor this day is with a glass of your favorite Malbec whether it

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Visit Springfield Old State Capitol Land of Lincoln

Visit Springfield and the Land of Lincoln

Last December, Illinois culminated its bicentennial celebration, and what better way to partake in this event than to visit Springfield, Illinois, and the land of Lincoln. History abounds in Springfield. Located in central Illinois, Springfield was first settled around the time Illinois achieved statehood in 1818.  Originally called Calhoun, Springfield became the third state capital

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Therapy Dog Murray with Cori Solomon

From Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog – DWAA Nominee

My article From Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog: The Story of Murray was a finalist for a Maxwell Medallion Award in the 2018 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Certificate of Nomination for excellence in the category of Magazine Article Rescue. Dogs play a significant role in our

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Rescue Story, Chloe and Cori's Reunion

A Lost Dog Rescue Story – DWAA Finalist

My article Chloe’s Adventure Cori’s Nightmare: A Lost Dog Rescue Story was a finalist for The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award at the 2018 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Special Award Certificate for this article. A pet owners worst nightmare is having their dog get loose, especially when

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Ehlers Estate-Titus - Napa Vineyard

Titus Vineyards: Half a Century of a Napa Vineyard

Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It

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Prie Winery and Vineyards at Sunrise

Prie Winery: Setting the bar for a Lodi Winery

Originally living in Livermore John and Lisa Gash got the wine bug. Since both worked at Lawrence Livermore Labs, they were familiar with the Livermore Valley wine scene, but they ultimately choose vineyards in Lodi to source their grapes. As self-taught winemakers, their first vintage was in 2005. As their passion for winemaking grew their

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Paso Robles Wine Diversity

Showcasing Paso Robles Diverse Grape Varieties

The Central Coast and wine are synonymous with one another.  One of the more diverse areas of the Central Coast is Paso Robles. When I speak of diversity, I am talking about grape varieties. Although Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the most significant percentage of plantings in Paso Robles, wineries are experimenting with a plethora of

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Provence Rosé

There is always room for Provence Rosé

I think of Rosé as a pretty wine. The iridescent shades of pink, salmon or coral give way to a refreshing wine that invigorates. One place that aligns itself with Rosé is Provence. The region located in the south of France is the capital of Rosé production. A prominent leader in the area and production

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Therapy Dog

What Defines A Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog differs from a service dog because it is trained to provide affection and comfort to certain people in specific situations.  A service dog assists people with disabilities such as visual and hearing impairments, mental illnesses, and seizures. People with illnesses, the elderly, those suffering mental and cognitive disorders, learning disabilities or high-stress levels

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