Wine Tasting Rooms

New Wine Tasting Rooms for Liquid Farm & Crawford Family Wines

A trip up to Santa Ynez, Solvang, and Los Olivos is always fun, especially when visiting old wine friends. My visit took in both Liquid Farm and Crawford Family Wines. Although I love their wines, they both have new wine tasting rooms that I wanted to check out, which I found worth the visit. I

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Museum Hill Santa Fe New Mexico

New Mexico: Visiting the Land of Enchantment

They call New Mexico the Land of the Enchantment because you will become enraptured with its culture, architecture, scenery, and cuisine. New Mexico offers a wide variety of options for the traveler. Whether you ski in Taos, visit the numerous National Monuments, Indian ruins, pueblos, or spend time in Old Town Albuquerque or Santa Fe,

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Field & Vine Farm to Table Event

Field & Vine: Oregon’s best Farm to Table Dining

There is something about a farm to table dinner experience, especially when the event is set in a pastoral setting. In Oregon especially, the Willamette Valley and Mt Hood Territory, the idea goes one step further. The dining experience utilizes local foods from the host or surrounding farms and includes the wines of a particular

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Toojay's Delicatessen & Bakery

TooJay’s Deli Does It Right in Naples

Coming from Los Angeles, the plethora of great delis is a given. In Los Angeles, you can easily find a good deli in just about any neighborhood. And now, Naples can effectively compete. This was our first foray into a deli after having been in Naples for a few months, and TooJay’s, located at Mercato

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Vidon Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard: From NASA Scientist to Winemaker

From space to the vineyard, life has taken many spins around this earth for Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard. Visiting his hideaway gem of a vineyard with its magnificent views of the Willamette Valley, one would never know that Don had played a specific role in the Apollo space mission. You might call Don an

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Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room

Visiting Solvang Winery Lucas & Lewellen

It takes a balancing act to oversee the 50 different wines that compose the portfolio of Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, a Solvang winery, but winemaker Megan McGrath Gates does it with panache. It began as a friendship in 1975 between Louis Lucas, a viticulturist, and Royce Lewellen, a Superior Court Judge, and moved on

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Napa Valley Grille

Innovative Autumn Menu comes to Napa Valley Grille

It is fall and for many restaurants, time to showcase their Autumn menu with a change in flavors of their cuisine. Such is the case with Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village. LA Wine Writers had an opportunity to sample some of the food offered on both the lunch and dinner menu. Napa Daily Grille

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The La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa

La Posada de Santa Fe: A Pet-Friendly Resort

Some hotels and resorts are frequented year after year by generations of families. It becomes a legacy that families pass down to their kids and grandkids. Thus the traditional of frequenting a specific hotel or resort continues. Like families, pets who accompany their owners can have generations visit a particular hotel, especially if the resort

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Missouri Wines

Missouri Wines: A brief history, and pairing ideas

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck to pair with that bottle of Norton your friend brought you from her trip back home to Missouri, and Missouri Wines, I’ve got your answer: Slow-braised short rib with goat cheese polenta. That’s right, nice rich meat, to go with the structured dry red wine. Don’t be afraid

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Barossa Valley Wines Flight I

Powell & Son: Making Stellar wines in the Barossa Valley

Sometimes we go to a tasting and say wow these are the best wines I have tasted from a particular region. Such was the case recently when I sampled the wines from Powell & Son, a winery located in the Barossa Valley region of Australia. I found the wines exceptional and the most outstanding I

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