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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Changes at Copia

Copia: The American Center for Wine Food and the Arts is a large facility devoted to food and wine. Despite the support of Robert Mondavi, the Copia center has been losing money over the years. Recently, cuts have been announced including staff and hours. It was interesting to learn that they intend to expand by […]

Château Morrisette-in Rocky Knob Appellation

We recently visited Château Morrisette located in the little heard of Rocky Knob Appellation. According to Appellation America, only two other wineries are located in that appellation, Villa Appalaccia and Petit Chateau Winery. On our visit to Château Morrisette, one staff member referred to Château Morrisette as a “castle in the mountains.” The location of […]

“We Don’t Serve Teens” House Resolution 1042

The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1042 in recognition of the campaign, “We Don’t Serve Teens.” Sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and supported by public officials and private individuals, the campaign was designed to decrease underage drinking. Visit the “We Don’t Serve Teens” website at http://www.dontserveteens.gov/ to view informative information including statistics. […]

Jefferson Wine Bottles

On August 13, I posted about a book I had just finished, “The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace. The non-fiction book traces the claimed discovery of Jefferson wine bottles in Paris to auction houses to wine collectors. Collectors were willing to pay thousands of dollars for a single bottle of the wine based on expert […]

Family Farms Turn to Vineyards

As we travel across the country visiting and writing about the winery “experience” ….

Wine – a Common Denominator

Wine can be a common denominator among people. Wine is so much more than….

Renovated Structures Become Wineries

As we travel from winery to winery, we notice an array of structures used for wineries and tasting rooms. Some are built specifically to house a winery and can vary from the opulent, often Tuscan-style building down to a simple building with one or two rooms. In its own way, each winery shows its own […]

Swine, Wine and Barrels

The Internet is quite interesting. Connections are made where one may never thought to have looked. Recently a link to Barrel Making, one of the Wine Trail Traveler learning modules, was made from the blog  Avebury Chat. Avebury is a village about 84 miles west of London. When I searched the forum for wine, the […]

North Carolina AVAs

In 2007, Wine Trail Traveler visited wineries in North Carolina along the coast and in the Piedmont area. At many of the wineries, staff advised us, “You have to visit Yadkin Valley.” By spring 2008, another AVA was established within the Yadkin Valley AVA – Swan Creek. Swan Creek AVA currently consists of five wineries: […]

Wine Tasting Rooms and Communities

Winery tasting rooms can affect community neighborhoods in positive ways. Visitors to area tasting rooms may need lodging whether traditional hotels or bed and breakfasts. Stores selling touristy items will also benefit. However, we have discovered a unique idea that we wish more winery tasting rooms would take advantage of – local artists. While many […]

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