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 …]

Monterey Peninsula

Outdoor sculptures admidst beautiful landscaping at Hawthorn Gallery

The Monterey Peninsula is under a 2-hour car trip south from San Francisco. The area has a wide range of things to do in addition to just taking in the beautiful views. You can: Kayaking in the Bay; Horseback riding through Pebble Beach; Visited the incredible Monterey Aquarium; Walk or bike Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, [Read more …]