• la taberna der guerrita, sanlucar

      By way of introducing a series of posts about sherry and various visits to Andalusia, I thought I'd relay a conversation I recently had with a respected wine journalist friend from New York. "Are you into sherry?" I asked. (We were on a long car ride.) He wasn't not into sherry, he said. But, having done the same initial research most wine guys do, he found he subsequently alm ...

      Aaron Ayscough/ not drinking poison in paris- 2 readers -
    • Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

      There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know more about the world of wine, even if it jabs me like a bolt of lightening.

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    • Valley of the Temples – A must do day trip in Sicily

      When visiting Sicily if there’s one place you absolutely can’t miss (besides the wine, the food, the beaches, and, well, more wine), it’s the Valley of the Temples. The Valley of the Temples The Valley of the Temples is an archaeological park that consists of eight temples (and their remains) built somewhere around 540 BC by the ancient Greeks, and reconstructed and restored ...

      Vindulgein Sauvignon Blanc- 2 readers -
  • SOL REPUBLIC RELAYS in-ear Headphones Giveaway!

    …! If you’re looking for some new in-ear headphones for a last-minute Christmas gift, these are definitely ones to consider. I’ve been using them for over a month now. They have traveled to Italy and back, have gone on numerous runs with me, and have endured the abuse of two destructive four-year-olds, a husbands three city travel week from…

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  • el maestro sierra jerez sherry

    … A depressing reality sinks in when one attempts study of sherry, or, for that matter, of Spanish and Portuguese wine in general: all too often, it seems one passes time studying not the history of winemaking families, but the history of winemaking companies. In France or Italy there is more widespread persistence of microviticulture: of tiny…

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  • The Wine Diva’s Gift Suggestions

    … a Woman’s Heart by Judith Glynn, About $9 or on Kindle for a very cool $2.99: Wine people love to travel. This travel story is an arm chair adventure. It’s going to grab you by the throat, make you laugh, cry, mumble out loud with frustration, and finally give a fist pump or two for an inspirational ending. It’s a book that speaks to a woman’s soul…

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  • Wine Country GIVEAWAY Wednesday on #SonomaChat

    … New Winery Geek App to be Showcased on Twitter’s Live #SonomaChat, December 17 by: Melissa Vogt On December 17th from 5 to 6 p.m., Wine Country This Week will team up with #SonomaChat to host a live Twitter chat featuring Winery Geek – Wine Country This Week’s new app. Winery Geek, which is FREE to download for both iPhone and Android…

    Amy Lieberfarb/ Sip on this Juice- 1 readers -
  • Staying Organized While Traveling and a $100 TownePlace Suites® Giveaway!

    … This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott®. All opinions are 100% mine. Having just returned from Sicily, and now preparing for a family vacation with kids, several people have asked me how I get it done between constant international travel and traveling with small children. That got me thinking…

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  • Maui Brewing Company

    … This is a true “neighborhood bar/pub”. It’s friendly, the people clearly love to work their, the food is excellent, the beers fresh and delicious, and the patrons love being there too. It’s been a brewery on our list for a while now and I am s happy we finally made it. In fact, I am happy that Maui Brewing was actually the driver for us { my…

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  • Alaska Airlines: Partners with Seattle’s Tom Douglas

    … and Tillamook cheeses, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Canoe Ridge wines, Seattle Chocolates, Sun Liquor premium liquors, Alaskan Amber and other regional microbrews, Starbucks coffee, and more. For more information on Alaska’s food and beverage program, visit Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together…

    Wine Diva Lifestyle- 3 readers -
  • KeeKee Lands in Athens…My Newest Children’s Book

    … Dec 10 2014 KeeKee Lands in Athens…My Newest Children’s Book Travel Written by Shannon KeeKee has landed in Athens, Greece! It’s the third book in my children’s picture book series KeeKee’s Big Adventures. I started Grape Occasions to share my love of travel, wine and spas with you. My love of travel started at a young age when my mom…

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  • Finding Nero (Part II)

    …. It wasn’t until 1994 that Massimo Padova and his sister Marianta began the process of redirecting their forty or so acres throughout the Val do Noto to winemaking. The past two decades have produced admirable results. We arrived at their cantina as a busload of American wine professionals finished up their tour and tasting, fortuitous in that we…

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  • Re-Focus – Foundation • Discipline • Expertise

    … It’s that time of year when I start reflecting on what I’ve done all year long and what I want the year ahead to look like. Last year I said I wanted to focus on Foundation, Discipline and Expertise. I’ve worked very hard on building on my already strong foundation and I feel really good about the work I accomplished in this area. I remained…

    Raelinn Doty- 1 readers -
  • Italian Indigenous Varieties: Garganega from Veneto

    …. The other 30% can be Trebbiano, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay. Garganega is a vigorous grape variety and in the past was used to make mass market wines. That trend has completely changed and the grape is now used to make elegant, age worthy wines. Many producers are worthy of note. Eric Asimov of the New York Times wrote this piece earlier this year on Soave…

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  • bodegas césar florido, chipiona

    …, something I first discovered as an undergrad in Boston at Ken Orringer's restaurant Toro. I ruined so many shirts that way. What is it with the Spanish and performative pouring?) Although his reputation is based largely on his unique Moscatels, Florido also produces a Fino and Manzanilla, both from albariza soils. The last stage of the Fino solera…

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  • Heading For Port — Full Steam Ahead

    …, as it winds through hillsides terraced with vineyards. This elevator is designed to give the illusion of travel in a hot air ballon. That first jolt of the elevator moving is a bit of unexpected fun. Do you think wine is a prominent theme here in Porto? How many hotel pools do you know that are shaped like a decanter? In the end, everything…

    Tom Riley/ THE GRAPE BELT- 2 readers -
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