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 …]

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 …]

Premier Napa Valley Release Week Tastings: 2020

Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is Napa valley’s primary showcase for futures auction of barrels of its most recent vintage wines. The event attracts wine professionals, and those from the wine trade and media from around the world. It also attracts us. It gives us a chance to taste and report on vintages that we will [Read more …]

San Francisco PinotFest 2019

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Farallon Restaurant has a long tradition of hosting an annual pinot noir tasting that draws pinot producers from around the U.S. and, less regularly, from other countries. It continued this tradition with its November 2019 PinotFest tasting. We attended the trade tasting on the day before the consumer tasting. We tasted more than 100 wines [Read more …]

What to do in Billings Montana

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Billings Montana With 110,000 citizens, Billings is Montana’s largest city. It was created by and named for the president of the Northern Pacific railroad who built a key rail stop a few miles outside of Coulter. Although it has long-since disappeared, Coulter was an established town and paddle-wheel steamer stop. The area grew into a [Read more …]

Other Montana Places of Interest

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In our last several blogs, we wrote about numerous places to visit in Montana. These included: Ghost towns such as Virginia City and Nevada City Billings Montana; and Side trips around Billings Montana This blog talks about some of the other places we visited in Montana. Gardiner Montana Gardiner Montana is a small town that [Read more …]

Chicago Restaurants

We always come to Chicago with a full schedule of restaurant plans, combining explorations of places opened since our previous visits with returns to some of our old favorites. Our 2019 trip was no exception. This trip combined an exploration of new restaurants (new, at least to us, from the three years since [Read more …]

Grand Rapids Michigan

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We had two primary reasons for spending a day in Grand Rapids—the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This left us just enough time to explore an additional, optional stop for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum The museum took us [Read more …]

Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Wisconsin is known for its beer. Yes, we sampled beer (more later in this blog), but we also found some other interesting attractions Milwaukee Old World 3rd Street District We especially enjoyed walking the 1000 block of Milwaukee’s Old World Third Street District. Particularly interesting were: Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This store had the largest [Read more …]

Key West Florida

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We have done virtually everything there is to do in Key West, from parasailing above the coast to snorkeling and scuba diving beneath the seas. We have taken the obligatory Conch Train tour, sailed and kayaked its waterways as estuaries, browsed all the galleries and visited virtually every museum and historic site. (See our 2016 [Read more …]