Chateau Morrisette - Blue Ridge Mountains

A Blue Ridge Mountains Winery Virginia’s Chateau Morrisette

Covering a total of 469 miles, the Blue Ridge Parkway is often called “America’s Favorite Drive.” It is certainly one of my favorites. It runs between Rock Fish Gap, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina, and boasts 15 wineries along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. One of those wineries, Chateau Morrisette, sits on 38

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Terragena Off-The-Grid Winery and Vineyards

Terragena: Excelling at Off-The-Grid Wine

Discover a maverick when you meet Terragena Vineyard’s Chris Buchanan. Making a dramatic career change in 2008, Chris moved from New Orleans to Humboldt County’s Myer Flat. As a mathematical researcher, Chris was keen on creating everything from scratch. He started with nothing and ultimately developed a small limited production off-the-grid winery. It began with

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Valentine's Day 2021 Wine

Valentine’s Day 2021: Romancing with Wine

Valentine’s Day 2021 may be a little different this year because we are in the midst of a pandemic, but whether we spend the day with the person we love or visit with them virtually, we can still enjoy a glass of wine.  My wine of choice for the day is Rosé.  The elegance of

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Casablanca Valley

Ritual Wines: Exploring The Rituals of Organic Winemaking

A ritual is defined as a daily action performed regularly. It can be a custom, practice, or even a habit. We all have daily routines that inspire us to get through the day. During COVID, it might be the Ritual of a virtual wine tasting. We began this practice in 2020, and it will continue

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Craft Wine Tasting

Craft Wine: The best of America’s Small Wine Producers

For me, finding the small unique, and even obscure winery is part of the fun of drinking wine. The passion of the people creating these wines shines through and invites you to sip their wine and discover what they love about winemaking. To help these wineries succeed in producing their craft wine and get their

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Rogue Valley Winery Kriselle Cellars ranch vineyards

Rogue Valley Winery Kriselle Cellars

Like many budding winemakers, it starts in the garage, and suddenly their hobby outgrows their abode and overwhelms their lives until they take the big dip to start a winery. This predicament rang true for Scott Steingraber, owner, and winemaker of Kriselle Cellars, Rogue Valley winery located very close to Medford. As a Civil Engineer,

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Walla Walla Wine L'Ecole

L’Ecole No 41: Pioneering Walla Walla Wine

A pioneering family helped establish the Washington Wine industry and Walla Walla as a prime wine region.  Foresight is the foundation of this family’s legacy. Not only are the Ferguson’s a fixture in the wine business, but their ancestors established the Baker Boyer Bank in 1869 in Walla Walla, making it the oldest bank in

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Sta. Rita Hills AVA © Cori Solomon

Day Tripping to Lompoc and Santa Barbara County for a Taste of Good Wine

It does not take much to entice my husband and me to drive up to the Central Coast to go wine tasting. Santa Barbara County has so many areas to visit, including Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, and Lompoc. The various appellations of Santa Barbara County open the door to many options for

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Best Wine 2020

Year In Review: Best Wine 2020

As a wine writer, 2020 took on a different significance in terms of wine tasting.  You might say enjoying a bottle of wine brought us to a happier place.  The virtual wine tasting was the norm and still will be in 2021.  Wine get-togethers with friends are now virtual.  Looking back at the wine I

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Virtual Travel

Virtual Travel 2020: A Journey to Eleven Destinations

The year 2020 took on a different role when it came to travel. Any travel that existed came to a halt in March. Local travel was acceptable, but the bulk of traveling took place virtually. I thought I would share my 2020 virtual travel year as I discovered many places I hope to visit in

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