Domaine Porto Carras Limnio

Domaine Porto Carras: A Greek experience with old world vines

Opportunities come in many forms and when you are a wine lover it could be experiencing wines from a new region.  In my case, the door opened for me to discover Greek wines.  The wines were those of Domaine Porto Carras. In Greece there are 330 varietals of which only seventy-eight are imported.  Many of

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Crawford Family Wines

Crawford Family Wines: Passion is the key to their wines

Is it the key to opening the door or just pushing the door ajar?  In the case of Crawford Family Wines it is both.  The key is the branding symbol of the winery but it is also the key to an opportunity to taste some really fantastic wines.  The door is something both Mark and

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El Dorado Wine Country Vineyards

El Dorado Wine Country: Discovering the liquid gold of the Sierra Foothills

El Dorado Wine Country is situated in the Sierra Foothills.  For many this may seem like a newer region but in actuality the area has been around for a very long time, perhaps before California officially became a state.  Its history is very colorful, like that of the changing of seasons that so impressively displays

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Kessler-Haak Sparkling Wine

Kessler-Haak Vineyards and Wines: Making a big splash with sparkling wines

It is always exciting to discover that a winery I follow has created something new.  Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines has some new wonderful additions to their portfolio of wines.  They have added sparkling wines and these sparklers are the perfect wine to enjoy a bit of romance with your spouse or lover on Valentine’s Day. 

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Mun@Casarena: Integrating a passion for food, wine and Andes Mountains

Discovering the wines of Argentina includes learning about the cuisines that evolve around each winery experience. In Argentina some of the most outstanding restaurants are an integral part of the wine scene. One such winery is Casarena Bodega & Viñedos where one will find Mun@Casarena, a fabulous Asian – Argentine fusion restaurant. Mun@Casarena is the

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Uncorking Argentina: Experiencing the beauty of Argentina

Discovering Mendoza, Argentina can be made easy with Uncorking Argentina. Uncorking Argentina opens your eyes to experience all that Argentina has to offer or one might say they are uncorking and decanting all the wonders of Argentina, more specifically Mendoza. For those wanting an exciting and comprehensive wine tour with tastings, it is the perfect

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The Willows: Fine dining at its best

The Willows at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez is one of those very special dining experiences. Being located in the casino one would think the restaurant would have the same bustle and environment of a gamblers paradise. Contrary, the Willows Restaurant does not; it is Santa Ynez Valley’s best-kept secret. To read more…

Terrazas de Los Andes: Pure refinement in a destination winery

My adventures in Argentina began with a charming getaway that has everything you could possible desire when it comes to a relaxing time, fabulous wines, sumptuous meals and wonderful accommodations. Terrazas de Los Andes is a destination winery that involves each visitor in a totally unique epicurean experience. It was my first stop on my

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Cheval des Andes: Combining French elegance with Argentine style

My second day in Argentina took me to Cheval de Andes. Considered the “New World Grand Cru”, the winery is located on 50 hectares in the Las Compuertas district of Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard is known for its polo fields. Cheval des Andes is a joint venture between Terrazas de Los Andes and the

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Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn: Bringing back the classics with a new flair

The latest restaurant to open in Santa Ynez Valley is the Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn. It is the latest project from Matt and Jeff Nichols and is currently the trendiest place to dine in the Santa Ynez Valley. After being open two weeks, with a group of friends, we decided to see how it

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