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 …]

Paso Robles Wine

Although we only live 3 hours from Paso Robles, it took us until 2018 to visited this wine region when we made stops at about a dozen wineries to sample mostly Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Although our sampling of the region’s 300+ wineries was very limited, and quite selective, we loaded our car with many [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 …]

Hunter Valley Wine Region

From Mudgee, we continued to the Hunter Valley wine region. This hot valley with its long growing season is the largest, most well-known wine region in New South Wales. It is especially known for its semillions, its big, juicy shirazes and its dessert wines. We normally dislike Semillons, which we have found too citrusy and [Read more …]

Mudgee Wine Region, New South Wales Australia

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So far, we have visited multiple Australian wine regions so far in multiple states South Australia: Barossa Valley Adelaide Hills McLaren Vale Coonawarra Victoria: Mornington Pennisula Yarra Valley Tasmania Southern Tasmania Tamar Valley Mudgee Wine Region As we made our way into New South Wales Australia, of course we needed to check out the wine [Read more …]

Yarra Valley Wineries

Not far out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley Wine region. We explored a handful of recommended wineries to get a flavor for this cool region’s wines. Yearing Station Winery. We didn’t have the palate to appreciate many of their very light-bodied entry-level “Village” wines, but did enjoy a number of their more premium wines. [Read more …]