Turtle Rock Vineyards

Turtle Rock Vineyards: A winery defining the Willow Creek District AVA

The term “the apple does not fall far from the tree” aptly describes Turtle Rock Vineyards and more specifically winemaker/owner Don Burns. Don grew up on Willow Creek Road in the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles.  After sailing for two years in Central America and a short stint working in the restaurant business in Florida,

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Visiting Julian California

A Day Trip to Julian California

Good food, wine, and apples are what you will discover on a visit to Julian California, a town nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains about an hour northeast of San Diego. When visiting Julian think Old West meets apple orchards with a little wine thrown into the mix. The town dates back to the 1870s during

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Visiting Portland The Waterfront

Visiting Portland: A Weekend Excursion

Visiting Portland, the scenic town that lies along the Willamette River, I found the lushness in the landscape very appealing, whether strolling in Portland’s many parks, walking along the waterfront viewing the bridges or nearby on a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. Recently after finishing a wine tour of the Tualatin Valley my husband

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Garagiste Festival 2017

Garagiste Festival: Discovering lesser known wineries

Garagiste goes Urban at the Women’s Club in Santa Monica on July 21, 2018. Los Angeles wine lovers, who enjoy discovering the small often hard to find wineries, consider attending this event. This year find 48 limited production wineries that together create the innovators in winemaking and the future of wine. Each has a relentless

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Amphorae for Amphora Wine

Beckham Estate Vineyard: A passion for Amphora Wine

Part of a winemaker’s passion is finding a niche that makes their wines uniquely different yet at the same time stand out as exceptional. For Andrew Beckham utilizing his ceramic background into the winemaking process is tantamount to creating his wine. The answer became designing ceramic vessels to make amphora wine. By doing so, Andrew

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Good Pinot Noir

Good Pinot Noir for summer pleasure

When thinking of reds to enjoy during a summertime dinner, my go-to red is Pinot Noir. Typically Pinot Noir is not as substantial as other red varieties. Good Pinot Noir can be very versatile. Here are two wines that one should consider this summer. First, let’s go to the Anderson Valley and discover Domaine Anderson

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Oregon Winery St Innocent Wines

Oregon Winery St Innocent Explores the Subtle Demeanor of Pinot Noir

It is hard for me to turn down a wine tasting event so when fellow wine writer Annette Rau Solomon asked me to her home for dinner with Mark Vlossak of St Innocent Winery, I immediately accepted the invitation to discover an Oregon winery. Since that time I have visited the winery. St Innocent Winery

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Ruby Vineyards Winery Dog Stanley

Discover the dog-friendly places in Tualatin Valley, Oregon

Like many, I like to take my dogs with me when I travel, especially when I am visiting wineries. Although my trip to the Tualatin Valley did not include my dogs, I made sure to discover the dog-friendly places to take my dogs in the future. If you want to bring your dog along to

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Cracking Croatian Wine

Croatian Wine: Exploring Croatia’s Indigenous Grapes

A trip to New York City allowed me to experience Croatian Wine and discover many of the indigenous grapes that make this wine region unique. During the Wines of Croatia tasting, I attended two masterclasses, Cracking Croatian Wine, given by Exotic Wine Travel and Croatian Hall of Fame Wines with Cliff Rames. Croatia boasts some

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Virginia Wine Country View Greenhill Winery

Virginia Wine Country: Discover Loudoun County wineries

When traveling to Washington DC or visiting Alexandria, one typically immerses themselves in museums and American history, instead, why not escape to Loudoun County for a day or two. If you are a wine lover, consider discovering the wineries of Virginia wine country. Loudoun County is the wine region closest to our country’s national capital.

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