Bar Harbor View with Glass of Wine

When two chefs meet at The Looking Glass Restaurant

  The collaboration of two chefs from different restaurant venues across our nation, joining together for an extraordinary meal and experience, is not unique, but in the case of Celebrity Chef Eric Klein and especially Chef Matt McPherson, it was a chance of a lifetime. The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn in Bar

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Bodegas Artadi El Seque

Bodegas Artadi: Maintaining wine traditions while keeping up with the times

A chance meeting can turn into a delightful wine discovery. Such was the case when the opportunity availed itself to meet and enjoy lunch at La Paella Restaurant with Carlos Lopez de Lacalle from Bodegas Artadi, a Spanish winery that combines the excellence of three distinct regions of Spain; Rioja, Navarro, and Alicante. They produce

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Paul Lato Wines

Wine and Fire: Enjoying the wines of Sta. Rita Hills

It is always a night to remember when you come out to enjoy the wines of Sta. Rita Hills. Set against the backdrop of the La Purisima Mission and the oak trees that surround the Mission’s courtyard, one cannot help but rejoice in the pleasures of the wine of this Santa Barbara County region and

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Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Ribera Y Rueda: Exploring Tempranillo and Verdejo wines

Spain has many different wine regions. For many of us in the United States, some of the regions we might say are off the beaten path. Two not as well-known areas in northern Spain are Rueda, recognized for its white varietals, especially Verdejo and Ribera del Duero, where Tempranillo is predominately grown. Although these regions

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Elinos Vineyards View

A Greek adventure: Wine Picnic in Elinos vineyards

Picnicking in the vineyard is one of the many highlights we often enjoy during a wine tasting experience. Take this idea one step beyond what many of us are acquainted with at an American winery; more specifically in California, where you enjoy a luncheon on well-manicured vineyard grounds with tables that have become fixtures at

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Garagiste Festival

Wine innovation begins at Garagiste Urban Exposure

It was a modern marvel when it was built in 1931, but now the Wiltern Theater is a relic of an Art Deco era that is past. Recently the theater hosted the Garagiste Urban Exposure wine tasting that, like the Wiltern’s past, represents the new and innovative winemaking styles that are coming forth from what

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Touring Athens Greece: Where Greek travels must begin

Touring Athens Greece is a must for any traveler.  Even on a Sunday, you can feel the bustle of energy in this city. There is an underlying aura that goes back to ancient times.  One feels the cradle of civilization all around you, and it starts at the top of the hills overlooking Athens, the

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Soave Wine

Soave: Making a sensational comeback

In Italy, Soave is considered one of Italy’s leading white wines. Soave received its first real recognition in 1931 when it became one of the first of two areas to be recognized geographically delimited wine region for Italian white wine. Its popularity in Italy is immense, but in the United States in the 70s and

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Greek Travel Where The Journey Begins

It is day one of my Greek travel adventure.  Flying from Los Angeles via Munich with my wine writer friend Barbara Jean Barrielle, we arrived in Athens for our wine tour of Naoussa and Porto Carras. We decided to spend a couple of days in Athens to get over jet lag and see some of

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The Garagiste Festival Urban Exposure: Celebrating cutting edge winemaking

You might call them the entrepreneurs of the wine industry because they take their own initiative and risk to create their wine. They are the Garagistes who are the cutting edge of the wine business today. To many, it is a hobby, a deep passionate love of wine, and for others, it is their second

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