Antiquum Farms Wine Celebrate the Cycles of Life

The Cycles of Life Express Antiquum Farm Wines

At the southern tip of the Willamette Valley just north of Eugene, Oregon, and west of Junction City, one finds Antiquum Farm, one of Oregon’s hidden gem wineries. The winery hums with life because for Stephen Hagen, the owner, the cycles of life frame his farming philosophy creating a unique vision of sustainable farming and

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Caxambas Creme Brulee

Fine Dining Reigns at Caxambas Restaurant Naples Florida

We recently moved to Naples Florida. Having spent most of my life in Los Angeles, I had some reservations. Would there be a dearth of restaurant options available in this charming town? Would I find the food choices of Floridian’s paling by comparison to that which I have experienced in Los Angeles? The answer is

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Passion and Love in the Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento

Wines with Passion and Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since the day is about passion and love, this year I am choosing two wines because of their story as well as the name of these wines. These wines seem appropriate for sweethearts. The brand is Romeo & Juliet, and the name of the wine is Passione Sentimento

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Augusta, Missouri Valley View

Discover Augusta, Missouri: Home to America’s First AVA

The American Viticulture Area, AVA system was created to establish a specific location by identifying aspects including geography, soil, climate and other environments factors influencing grapes and the characteristics of wine. Napa was designated California’s first AVA in 1981 and Santa Maria our second, but they are the second and third AVA in the United

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Holly the Ragdoll Cat

The Visitation: A Cat Message From Above

The last few months have been a funnel of activity. Between moving to Florida, the ill health of our two cats, and some family squabbling, it has been a real strain. Perhaps there was a lesson we needed to learn from all these challenges, some cat message that would make sense of it all. But

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Perfect Winter Wines

Discover Perfect Winter Wines

Winter solstice has come and gone making it time to think about those winter wines to serve during this season. As we move forward into 2019, these wines will bring enjoyment to throughout the year. Here is a selection of winter wines I recently sampled. White Winter Wines During the winter when I have hearty

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Planeta Milazzo Vineyard

Exploring Sicily’s Nero d’Avola Grape

When I think of Sicilian wine, I envision Nero d’Avola grape, its most notable indigenous grape. Sicily’s wine industry started as a bulk wine producing region, but sometime in the 1990s, this conception changed. Planeta, whose history in agriculture goes back 400 years was one of the wineries to make this change and to put

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Stellar Wine 2018

Wines in Review: Stellar Wine of 2018

Beckoning in the New Year, I like to revisit those wines I sampled in 2018, which made a lasting and stellar wine impression.  Here are the exceptional wines and wineries that merit recognition. Furthermore, the wines chosen are those wowed me, and I wrote about throughout 2018. I will also share the two winemakers that

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: Chilean Wine at its Best

Some wines should be reserved for a special occasion. One such wine is the Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. For me, I celebrated Christmas Eve and the birth of our puppies that same day. After tasting the Don Melchor 2015, I knew immediately and without reading the material sent to me about the wine that

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Sparky the Siamese Cat

COULD I BE A GRANDMOTHER TO OUR CATS?

For a number of reasons, I missed the turnoff for bearing children; so, therefore, being a grandmother is now out of the question. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve wondered what my life might have been like if I had chosen to be a mother. I’m sure motherhood has many rewards, but I know it’s

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