Finger Lakes New York

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Traveling around the Finger Lakes Central New York has a series of lakes which look like fingers from the air—well, maybe a lot of fingers. No surprise that this area is called the Finger Lakes Region. We grew up not far from this area (Syracuse New York) and have visited it several times. This time [Read more …]

Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada It had been 7 years since our last visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada. This lovely, historic town on the shore of Lake Ontario is the home to Ontario’s wine region, the George Bernard Shaw Theater Festival and a number of credible, if not especially memorable, restaurants. The Victorian-era, tourist-centric town retains its charm even [Read more …]

Piemonte Wine Tastings

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Our long-anticipated trip to the home of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Aneis grapes and famed Barola and Barbaresco wines in Italy’s Piemonte region, began with a large winery that grows and buys grapes from many surrounding areas, and therefore, produces a wide range of wines. We began our Piemonte exploration of wineries at Fontanafredda with [Read more …]

Piemonte Region in Italy

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Alba Italy Alba Italy, in the Piemonte region was settled more than 2,000 years ago. It began to grow as a stop on a Roman road and became prosperous as an independent city-state in the 11th century. The city was fought over and changed hands several times over the subsequent centuries. It earned the nickname, [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Crete Wineries

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Wherever we are in the world, we make it our mission to learn as much as we can about the wines in the area and to visit wineries when possible. Crete Greece was no exception. Although we had local wines with many of our dinners, we limited our formal Cretan wine tastings to three wineries [Read more …]

Attica Wineries

The southern suburbs of Athens has a small wine region called Attica. While we were in Athens, of course we had to visit it. Few grapes do well in this hot and dry area. In fact, overt 90 percent of production is of the white, savatiano grape. This low-acid grape is predominately used to make [Read more …]

Waiheke Island

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A 40-minute ferry ride from the Auckland Harbor is a beautiful island called Waiheke Island. We packed as much as we could into a Day trip. The ferry ride provided nice views of Auckland as well as providing evidence of the dozens of volcanos that created, and whose underlying faults still shake the region on [Read more …]

Eating and Sleeping in Central Otago New Zealand

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Central Otago Restaurants We ate at 3 different places while visiting the central otago area: Mt Difficulty where we had a two-dish lunch. Joyce had broiled Gurnard (a mild, flaky, white/greyish fish) with scallops, asparagus and Kalamata olive and tomato salsa was good, but not especially memorable. Tom fared much better with the wonderful griddled [Read more …]

Central Otago Wine Region

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After our fabulous Milford Trek, we decided that we needed to get back to some wine tasting while we were in New Zealand. Central Otago was calling us…….. New Zealand’s Central Otago Wine Country Central Otago is the furthest south of any wine region in the world (45 degrees south). It has the coldest and [Read more …]