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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Cameron Douglas with New Zealand Wine

NZ Wine Navigator: Elevating the bar on New Zealand Wine

When we think of New Zealand wine most American’s are familiar with the big wineries that make their way to the United States, but many do not realize an effort is being made to bring notoriety to some small boutique wineries. One company forging the way to make these wineries known to us is NZ

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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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Explore the Mexican Wine Scene in Valle de Guadalupe

When we think of Mexican wine, we think of Valle De Guadalupe, the up and coming area in Baja. The area is like the wild west, a new frontier for wine especially those winemakers who choose to be pioneers of the region. Valle De Guadalupe History In the 16th century, the first grapes were planted.

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Loire Valley Wines

Spring into Loire Valley Wines

Diversity of grape varieties is one of the best ways to describe Loire Valley wines.  Spring to Loire 2019 presented a trade tasting with three seminars, led by Matthew Kaner, focused on France’s most diverse wine region.  Not only does one find diversity of grapes in the region but diversity of the climate and soils. 

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Malbecs from Argentina

Malbec World Day: Celebrating Malbecs from Argentina

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, we celebrate Malbec World Day. It is a day to celebrate Malbecs from Argentina. Malbec World Day comes from the Spanish words “ Mundial de Malbec,” which means “Malbec throughout the world.” However, the best way to honor this day is with a glass of your favorite Malbec whether it

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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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Therapy Dog Murray with Cori Solomon

From Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog – DWAA Nominee

My article From Shelter Dog to Therapy Dog: The Story of Murray was a finalist for a Maxwell Medallion Award in the 2018 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Certificate of Nomination for excellence in the category of Magazine Article Rescue. Dogs play a significant role in our

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Rescue Story, Chloe and Cori's Reunion

A Lost Dog Rescue Story – DWAA Finalist

My article Chloe’s Adventure Cori’s Nightmare: A Lost Dog Rescue Story was a finalist for The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award at the 2018 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Special Award Certificate for this article. A pet owners worst nightmare is having their dog get loose, especially when

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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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