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10 October, 2016

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards

A Visit to Bella Grace Vineyards
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Obligatory disclaimer: Everything consumed during this visit to Bella Grace Vineyards was free to me, including the companionship. The Havill Family In August, I accepted an invitation from the Dallas Wine Chick to join in on a day trip to Amador County’s Bella Grace Vineyards along with a handful of other wine bloggers. Our group
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25 January, 2016

The 2016 Chardonnay Symposium — Last Week for Early Bird Pricing!

The 2016 Chardonnay Symposium — Last Week for Early Bird Pricing!
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I was shocked this last August, while at the Wine Bloggers Conference, to learn that chardonnay is still the most popular wine grape in the United States. Indeed, it is the most planted grape in California, at just under 98,000 acres. Why the shock? Chardonnay is often disdained among wine circles for the heavy oak associated
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2 September, 2014

Cimarone Winery

Cimarone Winery
Comments : 4 Posted in : Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Los Olivos, CA, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : The Gourmez
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At the tail-end of my 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference experience, I stopped in at Cimarone Winery. I’d heard of them through Twitter, as the winery’s social media (@cimarone) did a great job letting us bloggers know they were in nearby Los Olivos and would be offering a special tasting for us if we ever had
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15 May, 2014

Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains Part 2

Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains Part 2
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At Christmas, my husband bought us passports from the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growers Association (SCMWGA). These passports, filled with over 50 participating wineries, entitle the bearers to one free tasting at each spot during normal operating hours or the SCMWGA special Passport Days, which happen four times a year and are the best opportunity
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30 January, 2013

Travelogue: Tieton, Naches, and the Chinook Pass

Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Tieton, WA, Travel Guide for Yakima, WA on by : The Gourmez
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This is the last of my travelogues from my October visit with my mom and stepfather in Central Washington. The first was on a day in Yakima and the second was on a day in Ellensburg. This entry covers the beautiful scenery to be found in the tiny towns of Tieton and Naches nestled in
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19 November, 2012

Virginia Wine Tasting at the Fox Liquor Bar

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Virginia Wine Tasting at the Fox Liquor Bar Back in July, I attended a wine tasting event at the Angus Barn promoting wineries from Virginia. It was very informative and a great preparation for my trip to Charlottesville a few weeks later. Well, the VA Wine Board was back in town a week and a
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9 July, 2012

Virginia Wine Tasting at the Angus Barn

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About two weeks ago, I was invited out with other food and drink industry types to come for a special wine tasting at the Angus Barn. It was the second event in a tour promoting Virginian wares to their neighbor to the south: us. The first was a Virginian wine and food event at Fullsteam
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