Lodi Zinfandel Wine

Zinfandel Wine: Defining Lodi’s Heritage

Although Lodi grows many different varietals, the area is also known as the Zinfandel capitol of the world. Of late, I have enjoyed two Zinfandels that attest to the regional heritage of producing exceptional Zinfandel wine. Lodi dates back to the 1850s. In the 1880s, Zinfandel was one of the primary grapes grown in the

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Clink Different Experience the Wines of Europe

From German Wine to Bordeaux Wine Click Different Does it Right

The goal of Clink Different is to get wine enthusiasts to Experience the Wines of Europe. The program is a joint effort between Germany, DWI, German Wine Institute, and Bordeaux, CIVB, Bordeaux Wine Council. The program’s intention focuses on increasing the public’s awareness of PDO wines from Bordeaux and Germany. To accomplish Clink Different goals,

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Sibling Rival Pancake

Los Angeles Restaurant: Discover Sibling Rival

New to the Los Angeles restaurant scene is Sibling Rival at the Hoxton Hotel downtown. The restaurant showcases a modern innovated take on American Cuisine. Think American eatery meets French Bistro. Executive Chef John Taube IV brings a fresh look making the cuisine marvelous as he blends so many unusual flavors to each dish. Sibling

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Lenne Oregon Pinot Noir

Lenné Estate: The Best of Yamhill-Carlton AVA

On a recent visit to the Willamette Valley, I got to visit a winery, Lenné Estate, that you might call an anomaly because of its terroir. The soils are peavine series, a soil that is moderately deep, well-drained, and forms in clayey colluvium and residuum derived from sandstone, siltstone, basalt, tuffaceous rock, and shale located

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Kyra's Gluten-Free Bakery

Kyra’s Bake Shop: A Gluten-free Bakery At Its Sweetest

Baked goods for the gluten-free diet can be daunting.  Add in the dairy-free diet, and bread and desserts are almost non-existent unless you are a connoisseur of sorbets.  Recently on a trip to Oregon, I discovered to my delight Kyra’s Bake Shop, a gluten-free bakery haven with an array of delicious pastries, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes,

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AKC Museum of the Dog

Museum of the Dog: AKC’s tribute To All Dogs

New York is known for its diversity of museums and attractions. When the AKC decided to move the Museum of the Dog back to the Big Apple, it made sense. With AKC’s headquarters located in the city, it also fits into the variety of attractions offered. Museum of the Dog Then and Now My first

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Willamette Valley Winery - Tyee Wines

Willamette Valley Winery: Tyee Wine Cellars

From a dairy farm to growing grapes, Tyee Wine Cellars is a family-owned Willamette Valley winery.  Now in its 5th generation with Merrilee Buchanan Benson and her husband Brian Benson taking the lead on this boutique Oregon winery that produces 2000 cases of wine a year. Off the beaten path about 20 minutes from Corvallis,

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Alentejo Antao Vaz Wines

Alentejo and the Antão Vaz Grape

In a recent article, I discussed Alentejo and its most popular red grape, Alicante Bouschet. This article concentrates on one of Alentejo’s popular white grape varieties, Antão Vaz. Alentejo is one of the largest wine regions in Portugal. The country has over 250 indigenous grape varieties, so it goes without saying that its most popular

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Iris Vineyards

Iris Vineyards: Showcasing the Southern Willamette Valley

On a recent visit to South Willamette Valley, I discovered Iris Vineyards. The winery’s production facility is located in Cottage Grove, but Iris’s tasting room is situated about 20 minutes from both Cottage Grove and Eugene. The drive is well worth the visit because of the spectacular views. Perched atop a knoll, the tasting room

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Lowe Winery Vineyards

Mudgee Musings – Australia Wine Country

Some of the many delights of traveling are discovering an unexpected site, cozy restaurant, or photo op that takes you by surprise. The whole region of Mudgee was like that for me. An unknown (to me) wine region, that was one of my excursions to Australia Wine Country with the Wine Media Conference. Now, you’ve

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