Santorini

Santorini and Greek Varietals

Vineyard practices are fundamental to the process of making wine and also the outcome of what we ultimately decide to drink. Across the world, these methods vary because of soil conditions and climate. One of the most unusual vineyard practices I discovered while visiting Santorini, Greece. Santorini sits perched high above the sea, approximately 900

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Highland Valley Wineries Vista View

Highland Valley Wineries: A Love Affair with Ramona Valley

My second day in the Ramona Valley took me to four Highland Valley wineries. I found the day to be all about passion. Each winemaker had their interpretation of their love of wine, whether it be the winemaking process or the growing of grapes. Although the passion seemed to take on different forms, one commonality

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Valley View of Eola-Amity Hills - Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Delve into Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Recently while on a wine adventure to the Willamette Valley, I explored wineries in several of the seven Willamette Valley AVAs. There are enough wineries in each appellation for a weekend escape to each one. This article focuses on the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, including things to do in the surrounding vicinity other than wine tasting.

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Blakeslee Vineyard Estate

Exploring the many facets of the Tualatin Valley

Just outside of Portland one finds the Tualatin Valley, an area offering many unique activities to discover without the hassle of being in the city. From minerals to Saké to wineries there is quite a lot to explore. Situated in the northernmost part of the Willamette Valley, the area is less known than the rest

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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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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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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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Augusta, Missouri Valley View

Discover Augusta, Missouri: Home to America’s First AVA

. The American Viticulture Area, AVA system was created to establish a specific location by identifying aspects including geography, soil, climate and other environments factors influencing grapes and the characteristics of wine. Napa was designated California’s first AVA in 1981 and Santa Maria our second, but they are the second and third AVA in the

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View from Milagro Farm Winery

Discover Ramona Wineries: San Diego County’s Best Kept Secret

Ramona Valley is one of Southern California’s secrets. Most people are not aware that this is one of our states wine regions. Ramona Valley’s topography can be described as the old west meets Tuscany. The area reminds me of Maremma a portion of Tuscany known for its wine and cowboys, the Butteri, who work the

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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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