Monticello Virginia AVA

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Charlottesville Area Wineries Virginia has been producing wines since the 17th century when Thomas Jefferson funded and provided land to an Italian winemaker to grow grapes and produce wine in Albemarle County. While this and a subsequent Jefferson-funded effort failed, the dream persisted and finally succeeded when Dr. Norton successfully propagated a non-native, phylloxera-resistant grape [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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updated 2021 The Hudson Valley New York follows the Hudson River from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museums, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent New York is an outdoor sculpture and architecture park. Unfortunately, the indoor gallery [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

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Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]

Paso Robles California

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Paso Robles is located in California’s Central Coast Wine Region in the San Luis Obispo county. The Paso Robles AVA is mostly known for Zinfandel grapes. However, it also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone blends such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. Since last year’s plans were so unceremoniously disrupted by Covid, this is our first [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon

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COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

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When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [Read more …]

A Tasting Tour of Oregon Wine Country

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Oregon graciously brought parts of its Wine Country to San Francisco on a recent day in March 2020. The event showcased wines from some of the state’s primary wine regions. Over 50 wineries participated in pouring their wines to an appreciative very audience. Samples of Oregon cheeses and charcuterie complemented the large, walk-around wine tasting. [Read more …]

Tre Bicchieri and the Top Wines of Italy

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Every year, the Italian food and wine magazine Gambero Rosso sponsors a tasting tour of Italian wines that win the organization’s prestigious Tre Bicchieri (“three glass”) designation. Gamberao Rosso’s panel of experts award this rating to only about one percent of the 45,000 wines tasted. Producers who win these designations are permitted to showcase these [Read more …]

Slow Wine Tour 2020

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What the heck is slow wine? A song? A dance? Both are true. But it is also a way to evaluate wine Slow Wine Editiore, based in Italy, decided to develop a hitherto new set of criteria for evaluating wine. Rather than assigning wines scores based solely on a critic’s review of “quality”, Slow Wine [Read more …]