Trivento Eolo Malbec

Trivento Eolo: Old Vine Malbec at its Best

Sipping the Trivento 2014 Eolo Malbec, I am reminded of the first time I sampled the Eolo while visiting the winery in 2013.  At the time, I tasted the 2009 and my favorite wine of my visit that day.  Much like the first time I sampled the wine, I feel it is still the most

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Alloro Vineyard Landscape, Chehalem Mountains AVA

Alloro Vineyard: Defining the Chehalem Mountains AVA

Visiting Alloro Vineyard, one gets a good sense of what the Chehalem Mountains AVA is all about. Located west of Portland in Sherwood, a portion of the Tualatin Valley, the winery also sits in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. The Chehalem Mountains AVA was established in 2006. The soils consist of three types:

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Autumn Wine

It’s the season for Autumn Wine

As the vineyard’s leaves turn shades of red, yellow and orange, we know autumn is in our midst. The food on our table begins to change to a heartier cuisine. Thus it becomes time to consider the best Autumn wine to complement our meal. Here is a selection of autumn wine to grace your table:

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Thanksgiving 2018 Pinot Noir

Wine Watch: Wine for Thanksgiving 2018

Well, as we have seen, walking into any retail store about now after finishing Halloween – they are not only ramped up for the Thanksgiving 2018 holidays – but Christmas is on the floor front and center. Let’s take a long deep breath, and a minute to think about wines for Thanksgiving 2018 now, as

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ThunderWunders - Dog with Separation Anxiety

ThunderWunders: Helping the Dog with Separation Anxiety

As many know, I rarely write about a pet product unless I feel my dog might receive a benefit. I do not frivolously try products. Knowing I was going to leave Ami, a dog with separation anxiety alone for a week, I decided to try some calming products, from ThunderWorks®. Ami is a rescue who

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Susan Danenberger, Winemaker

Illinois Wine: Discover the Woman behind Danenberger Family Vineyards

A winemaker’s passion is ever evolving. That love can situate them anywhere in the United States or the world. I never thought I would find a true passion for the art of wine in New Berlin, Illinois, an area just outside of Illinois’ capital, Springfield but I did when I met Susan Danenberger of Danenberger

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Weekend Escape Canopy by Hilton

Portland Bound: Another Weekend Escape in Oregon

  Back to Portland for another weekend escape but this time my visit took a more Urban approach to the city. It began with a stay at the recently opened Canopy by Hilton, a hotel I would describe as very ergonomic but in a superior way. Our visit took us to the Portland Art Museum

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Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard, Livermore Wine Country

Discover the Secrets of the Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country

You might think they are sleepy bedside communities outside of Oakland and San Francisco, but the Tri-Valley offers a lot more. Composed of three valleys, Amador Valley, Livermore Valley and San Ramon Valley that merge below Mt Diablo. The area includes the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville. Each one features a

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Larry Gilman Donna Mills Mandeville Canyon Winery Mandeville Vineyards

Discovering Mandeville Vineyards in Mandeville Canyon

Sometimes we find wonderfully exceptional things in the most unlikely places. Take for example the passion of the wine lover who decides to grow grapes in his backyard in the city. Many winemakers start by growing grapes at home. Not everyone can do it successfully because the climate can be entirely different than in many

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New York Marriott East Side Photo Courtesy of Marriott

New York Marriott East Side: Blending the old and the new

When I think of New York City, I think of its fabulous art museums and its distinctive skyline that enhances the city’s architecture and the history that lies behind each building. You could not guess that I am an art and architecture buff. Little did I know that I would discover a wealth of history

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