Visit Springfield Old State Capitol Land of Lincoln

Visit Springfield and the Land of Lincoln

Last December, Illinois culminated its bicentennial celebration, and what better way to partake in this event than to visit Springfield, Illinois, and the land of Lincoln. History abounds in Springfield. Located in central Illinois, Springfield was first settled around the time Illinois achieved statehood in 1818.  Originally called Calhoun, Springfield became the third state capital

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Ehlers Estate-Titus - Napa Vineyard

Titus Vineyards: Half a Century of a Napa Vineyard

Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It

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Prie Winery and Vineyards at Sunrise

Prie Winery: Setting the bar for a Lodi Winery

Originally living in Livermore John and Lisa Gash got the wine bug. Since both worked at Lawrence Livermore Labs, they were familiar with the Livermore Valley wine scene, but they ultimately choose vineyards in Lodi to source their grapes. As self-taught winemakers, their first vintage was in 2005. As their passion for winemaking grew their

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Paso Robles Wine Diversity

Showcasing Paso Robles Diverse Grape Varieties

The Central Coast and wine are synonymous with one another.  One of the more diverse areas of the Central Coast is Paso Robles. When I speak of diversity, I am talking about grape varieties. Although Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the most significant percentage of plantings in Paso Robles, wineries are experimenting with a plethora of

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Provence Rosé

There is always room for Provence Rosé

I think of Rosé as a pretty wine. The iridescent shades of pink, salmon or coral give way to a refreshing wine that invigorates. One place that aligns itself with Rosé is Provence. The region located in the south of France is the capital of Rosé production. A prominent leader in the area and production

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Therapy Dog

What Defines A Therapy Dog?

A therapy dog differs from a service dog because it is trained to provide affection and comfort to certain people in specific situations.  A service dog assists people with disabilities such as visual and hearing impairments, mental illnesses, and seizures. People with illnesses, the elderly, those suffering mental and cognitive disorders, learning disabilities or high-stress levels

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Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine - Autumn

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Revel in Spanish Luxury

Today wine travel is an all-encompassing experience. Many wineries are not just a location but a destination that includes accommodation, restaurant, and winery. In Spain, one place that offers a unique opportunity for a European wine adventure is Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine. Recently I attended a wine tasting luncheon with Enrique Valero, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine’s CEO.

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Antiquum Farms Wine Celebrate the Cycles of Life

The Cycles of Life Express Antiquum Farm Wines

At the southern tip of the Willamette Valley just north of Eugene, Oregon, and west of Junction City, one finds Antiquum Farm, one of Oregon’s hidden gem wineries. The winery hums with life because for Stephen Hagen, the owner, the cycles of life frame his farming philosophy creating a unique vision of sustainable farming and

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Caxambas Creme Brulee

Fine Dining Reigns at Caxambas Restaurant Naples Florida

We recently moved to Naples Florida. Having spent most of my life in Los Angeles, I had some reservations. Would there be a dearth of restaurant options available in this charming town? Would I find the food choices of Floridian’s paling by comparison to that which I have experienced in Los Angeles? The answer is

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Passion and Love in the Romeo & Juliet Passione Sentimento

Wines with Passion and Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since the day is about passion and love, this year I am choosing two wines because of their story as well as the name of these wines. These wines seem appropriate for sweethearts. The brand is Romeo & Juliet, and the name of the wine is Passione Sentimento

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