Nik Weis St. Urban-Hof Riesling Wine

Discover the German Riesling Wine from Nik Weis

After receiving two very different Rieslings from Nik Weis, I decided to create my own side-by-side comparison of the two wines. One Riesling wine, the Urban Riesling and the other the St. Urbans-Hof Wiltinger “Alte Reben” Kabinett Feinherb Riesling each present a very different style. Nik Weis, a third generation winemaker owns St. Urbans-Hof, a

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Planeta Frappato

Discover Frappato one of Sicily’s Indigenous grapes

Infatuated with the indigenous grapes of Italy, I love the challenge of trying new wine varieties and learning more about them. Frappato, a variety primarily grown in Sicily is my latest discovery. Sicily has over 50 Indigenous grapes. Those familiar with Sicilian wines recognize several native varieties such as Grillo and Nero d’Avola. On several

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Mary McGrath and her Mother

The Comfort of a Dog: An Unexpected Gift from My Mother

My mother died yesterday. The five stages of grief have not hit me yet, but I know they are coming. No one can prepare you for the death of a parent, especially your mother. It is a personal journey we all have to endure. I spent the past 24 hours in a whirlwind of emotions

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Holly on the floor

IF CATS COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?

So many of my friends are dealing with the empty nest syndrome. You know, the kids leave, and then you wonder if you have anything in common with your spouse anymore. Sound familiar? We have three cats, and I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with this. What would it be called anyway? Empty

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Rosé Wine from Ascension Cellars and Theopolis Vineyards

It is a Rosé Wine Kind of Day

I think Rosé describes the best type of wine to enjoy during the summer months. Something about Rosé wine speaks to warm weather, days filled with sunshine, outdoor eating and barbecues. Perhaps its refreshing crispness or the flavors of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and nectarines help define

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Lexi Wearing a T-Shirt After Surgery

Laparoscopic Spay: The New Option

When my veterinarian, Dana Bleifer, owner of Rose City Veterinary Hospital described a less invasive way to spay female dogs and cats, the idea intrigued me.  I wanted to observe the procedure so I could share with others what I discovered. Little did I know I would be watching my own dog’s spay procedure or

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Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery: A fabulous Midwest winery destination

My adventures in the Missouri wine region, enabled me to discover Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, a charming getaway that has everything you could possible desire when it comes to a relaxing experience and enjoying sumptuous meals. Chaumette is more than a winery it is a midwest winery destination stop. Located about an hour south of

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The Reds Wines of Sweetzer Cellars

Sweetzer Cellars: From Chardonnay to Pinot Noir

I first sampled the wines of Sweetzer Cellars at a Pinot Noir wine tasting in Santa Barbara. Since then I have sampled their wines on three other occasions including a luncheon with LA Wine Writers. If I were to pick one of the rising wine stars I discovered this year it would definitely include Sweetzer

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Luce Vertical Wine Tasting

Luce: Defining old and new world winemaking in Montalcino

When traveling we never know the impressions a particular place will have on each of us. Sometimes our awareness pops up months after we return. Last fall I traveled to Italy and visited Montalcino. I walked the charming village, visited a nearby Abbey and winery but the true impact of this scenic spot did not

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Night Miami Skyline View

A Weekend Escape to Miami and South Beach

In the past my travels to Miami involved picking up a cruise to the Caribbean but I never took the time to visit the sights or sample the cuisine. It took my daughter’s wedding in South Beach, Florida for my family and I to explore some of what Miami and South Beach offers in a

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