We were ready to go to our next Australian state: Victoria. To get there, we drove south from Adelaide for two hours and hit the coast of the Tasman Sea at the lovely seaside town of Portland. Beaches to the west of the city turned to cliffs overlooking the sea in the town, then to [Read more …]
Coonawarra is the most southerly of South Australia state’s wine regions. Its cool temperatures and unique “Terra Rosa” soils (mineral-rich red soil atop a layer of very hard limestone, called “Calcrete” through which roots cannot penetrate, down to a layer of porous limestone which provides drainage) produces a unique terroir where small, concentrated, stressed berries [Read more …]
Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region is known primarily for Shiraz and Cabernet wines. Since it has a Mediterranean climate, it also produces several Rhone, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese varietals, including Tempranillo, Grenache, Nebbiolo and Touriga Nacionale.
Although our time was limited in the region, we were still able to visit five wineries—and they were winners.
One hears a lot in the news about Oakland California, which is right outside of San Francisco. Murders, protests, etc. But Oakland sometimes get too much of a bad rap. It also has some delightful areas to visit, including around Lake Merritt. And it also has a great museum.
Fleet Week which is held on the first weekend in October, is a big deal in San Francisco. Held every year for the last 35 years, it now attracts more than 1 million people to a celebration that honors the contributions of the United States Armed Forces while simultaneously spurring interchange and understanding between civilians [Read more …]
San Francisco’s Presidio was built and had a long life as a fortress and army base that was intended to protect the region from attacks. Now, as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it houses a number of trails, museums and historic sites. These sites include Fort Winfield Scott, which once housed the [Read more …]