Taromina Ancient Greek Theater

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Taormina, Sicily

Experiencing a different port each day is what a cruise is all about. Day one of the Celebrity Cruises on the Reflection from Rome to the Greek Islands brought us to Sicily. Landing in Messina our adventure took us to the charming town of Taormina. This hillside town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea draws you

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Falconry Demonstration at Hahn Family Winery

Hahn Family Wines: Discovering the secrets of the Santa Lucia Highlands

To some, the Central Coast is a wine lover’s best kept secret especially when most people generally think of the California wine scene as primarily Napa and Sonoma. The wines from the Central Coast are equally as outstanding as those from their Northern counterparts. The Central Coast now plays an important role in the production

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The vineyards and view at Porto Carras

Porto Carras Grand Resort: Northern Greece’s enchanting coastal getaway

When one thinks of traveling to Greece, they typically envision visiting Athens, the Greek Islands, including the Peloponnese, and Santorini. Rarely do they foresee going north along the coast into Macedonia and beyond where one finds a hidden gem of a resort called the Porto Carras Grand Resort. Porto Carras Grand Resort Location Porto Carras

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Ritual Wines

The wines behind Chilean winemaker Rodrigo Soto

Meeting Chilean Winemaker Rodrigo Soto, at a recent tasting of a group of wines from Huneeus Vintners in Chile, one discovers that he is a forerunner of a movement that is permeating the landscape of New World wines. This trend, organic and biodynamic farming, where he cultivates three vineyards, Primus, Neyen, and Ritual. Rodrigo Soto,

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In the Kitchen with Chef Jesse Hernandez

Bless The Chefs: Paying homage to the chefs of Cafe Del Rey

When six chefs come together in one kitchen, you have to wonder what it would be like working in a small space together. Such was the case when Café del Rey in Marina Del Rey put together Bless the Chefs Dinner. Marina Del Rey Cafe Del Rey The chefs were from both Café del Rey,

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Dry Creek Vineyard: Circumnavigating the world of wine

What does sailing have to do with winemaking? For Dry Creek Vineyard, it means everything. Both require specialized knowledge and an understanding of mechanics. Each must utilize a set of skills and an ability to comprehend the elements. In the case of sailing, it is the wind and water. In wine, it is the terroir

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Ascension Rose

Ascension Cellars Siren: Rosé that speaks for itself

Vertical wine tastings can always be fun. How about a vertical of Rosé? With two bottles of Ascension Cellars Siren Rosé, 2014 and 2015 it was fascinating to explore the differences and nuances between the two vintages. In the bottle, both Rosés appeared similar in appearance as each featured a dark iridescent rosy ruby color.

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Saluki with Flamengo plush toy

4 Things I Learned When My Dog Swallowed a Soft Toy

This post is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Dogster about the 4 things I learned when my dog swallowed a soft toy. It never fails; emergencies with our dogs always seem to happen in the middle of the night. Most of us always hope we can wait until morning to see our vet.

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Silvestri Vineyards Creating Wine Music

Silvestri Vineyards: Taking wine music to a higher note

An excellent bottle of wine is like music to one’s ears. In the case of Silvestri Vineyards, the meaning is twofold. First owner Alan Silvestri is a composer of film music. His creativity for the melodic line carries into his passion for making wine. Like the music he composes, his wines create their own melody

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Carmel Valley Holman Ranch Cave

Carmel Valley Holman Ranch: A place of celebration, passion and wine

When traveling to Carmel most people envision Carmel By The Sea, but one must not forget the Carmel Valley, an area that highlights a more rural pastoral landscape. If you are a wine lover, many of the wineries have their tasting rooms in this valley. One such winery is Holman Ranch. An ideal time to

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