American Wine Story: A Review

    I had the opportunity to preview American Wine Story the weekend of October 10-12, 2014, and after viewing it, I saw bits and pieces of myself in the movie. I moved to Napa, California nine months ago, my own leap of faith after a divine storm that shook me awake from my comfortable, yet unsatisfying life, and led me to a career in the wine industry after an initial wine epiphany in 2008.

    6 readers - By Traveling Wine Chick

    Horse Heaven Hills Wine Region — a preview

    A few weeks back hubs and I ventured into the desert in search of… wine. No I’m not talking about Arizona, where I’m originally from. I’m talking about Washington State. But isn’t the Pacific Northwest all green and rainy? Nope. Once you venture over the Cascade Mountain range an entirely different landscape opens up to you. The desert.

    6 readers - By Vindulge

      A Love Letter to Sherry…Wine

      Catavino - - 6 readers - Who’s Sherry? Are you seriously leaving Barcelona for southwest Andalusia? Err…what’s in Cádiz, other than oranges? These are only some of the bizarre remarks we faced when telling the world that we were moving to Jerez, but it was a dream, our dream. And no, it wasn’t an easy move. It took us two years to make it a reality, but we just couldn’t escape the draw.

      Do Airports Make a Difference for Wine Travelers?

      Wine Trail Traveler - - 6 readers - Sacramento International Airport has floor tile representing the Sacramento River. I don’t usually associate airports with wine travel, but perhaps I should. In recent visits to Napa Valley and Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, we have flown into San Francisco. This time we changed things up a bit and flew into Sacramento. The experiences at each airport are vastly different.

      It’s locals that are key to travels

      the winegetter - - 5 readers - This is my entry in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 12. For more info go to the challenge’s blog! Being challenged to get out of my writing hiatus by no lesser than Anatoli and Jeff, encouraged by Linda, and having felt the drag of not writing for a while, I checked out this month’s wine writing challenge’s theme: The Armchair Sommelier won the last challenge, and picked the topic “local”.

      Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell - - 5 readers - The fishing lake at Oak Farm Vineyard. Click twice for the full view. Oak Farm Vineyards Winery (23627 Devries Road) is on its way to becoming the first of its kind in the Lodi, CA, appellation: a family-owned estate that offers the full experience of a large-scale destination winery, minus the glitzy hotel and pretension.

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      1 readers - By Gabriella Opaz/ Catavino

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      American Wine Story: A Review

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      The Quintessential Look At Napa

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      Priorat Rocks!

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