Mykonos Greece

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While the Santorini Island in Greece is known primarily for its atmosphere, its scenery and its wines, Mykonos is known primarily for its beaches and its nightlife. It attracts sun-worshipers and parties of all stripes and means, and more than its fair share of wealthy jetsetters and “yacht-setters” who order the crews to cruise their [Read more …]

Santorini Wineries

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Santorini has been producing wine at least since its Minoan days, more than 3,500 years ago. Its sandy, mineral-rich (but potassium-poor) volcanic soils, lack of organic material, intense sun, high heat, strong northerly winds and lack of water (with moisture during growing season coming almost exclusively from the night air) stresses its old wines (most [Read more …]

Family Winemakers Tasting in San Francisco on August 26, 2018

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It is no surprise that we like tasting wine. We also love learning about new wines and to see how our favorites are evolving throughout the years. That is why the annual California Family Winemakers tasting in San Francisco is one of our favorites. We try to get to the Family Winemakers event every year [Read more …]

Santorini Greece

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While we wanted to visit as much of Greece as we could in the time we had there, Santorini was the place we most anticipated. Why? As the first of three islands we are visited in the Cylcades Islands, it has:. Crescent-shaped, volcanic island whose cataclysmic 1450 B.C. eruption—estimated as the second or third largest [Read more …]

Wineries in Crete Italy

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Crete Wineries 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 Italy was no exception. Although we had local wines with many of our dinners, we limited our formal Cretan wine tastings to [Read more …]

Roads Less Traveled in Crete

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The Long Road Back to Heraklion As we ended our time in Crete Italy, we had to drive from Chania back to Heraklion to catch a ferry to our next island, Santorini. With a day to make the journey, we took some of the roads less travelled, off the highway into some small towns [Read more …]

Chania Italy

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Chania Chania is a 16th/17th -century town in Crete Italy. It was born as a Minoan settlement but now consists of a mix of 17th-century Venetian and 18th/19th-century Neoclassical and Turkish buildings. Although it, like Rethymno Italy, has few especially noteworthy structures, it has a few lovely neighborhoods that are worth just wandering. The most [Read more …]

Rethymno Crete Italy

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Rethymno Rethymno on the island of Crete in Italy is a 16th-century, Venetian Old Town. It has few must-see sights: Reythemno Fort The Reythemno Fort was designed to protect the city from relentless pirate attacks and also serve as a deterrent again the Turks, who still ended up capturing the city in 1646. It contains [Read more …]

Palace of Knossos

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Palace of Knossos A short bus ride from Heraklion Italy lies Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. This 20th-century reconstruction of the 1,000+-room palace site is largely the interpretation of archeologist, Sir Arthur Evans. Although it may or not be totally historically accurate, it certainly provides a feeling for, in addition to [Read more …]

Crete Greece

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Just another Greek island with a more than 10,000-year history? Not quite. Crete is Greece’s largest island. It was founded a millennium before Christ and was home to the Minoans, one of the most advanced, sophisticated and artistically accomplished of any society of its era (about 3,500 to 4,000 years ago). It was a primary [Read more …]