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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Do Hotels Support the Eat and Drink Local Movement?

It surprises me that corporate hotel chains with restaurants do not do more to promote the “eat and drink local” movement. While at the restaurant in the Hilton at the Austin airport, I asked about local Texas wines. They didn’t have any Texas wines available, even though there are many wineries in the Texas Hill […]

Texas Wine Industry

The wine industry in Texas is rapidly growing. In Texas, visitors will discover enthusiastic winery owners. Since Texas is a large state, the terroir is diverse. Currently, there are eight American Viticultural Areas in Texas. With 15,000 square miles, the Texas Hill Country Viticultural Area is the second-largest viticultural area in the United States. In […]

Where is Spring?

Just a few days ago the evening temperatures dropped to the mid thirties and the day struggled to reach the fifties. The wood stove had a fire burning all day. The rain continued for the third day and I wondered if Spring would put in a showing this year. My grape vines were reluctant to […]

Best “Wine” Forward

This weekend, we had a small party with friends and family. Usually we cook and bake almost everything, but this time around we decided to take the easy way out and went to a local box store where we purchased cheese and turkey rolls, vegetables and a yummy chocolate cake with a creamy center. We […]

Vint Hill Craft Winery

Even though Vint Hill Craft Winery is not currently open to the public, we had the opportunity to visit Vint Hill and meet with Chris Pearmund from Pearmund Cellars. After visiting the site, we are even more excited about Vint Hill Craft Winery. This winery is filling a need for wine enthusiasts who want to […]

Canada’s First Certified Biodynamic Wine

Yesterday I received an email from Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake announcing their release of Canada’s first certified biodynamic wine. In celebration of Earth Day, the 2008 Cabernet Rosé is being released today. Only 550 cases were produced. Today 28 restaurants in Ontario will be celebrating the release of this wine. Enjoy a glass of this […]

Ohio Wineries Celebrate Spring with Wine N Blooms

Thirteen wineries in northeast Ohio are celebrating Spring on May 1-2 and May 8-9. Participants will receive a wine glass by Schott Zwiesel and a spring garden pail at a selected winery. By traveling to the participating wineries, visitors will collect a gladiola bulb. Included at each winery is an appetizer and one or two wine […]

Bodhichitta Winery in Oregon

Recently I learned about Bodhichitta Winery, a unique winery in Oregon that launched this month. It is the first winery in Oregon to be non- profit. The motto at the winery is “Passion for wine, compassion for others.” Not only do they sell wine online and in stores, they also sell lavender products. Beginning with […]

Search for Recipes Using Wine Leads to Chumeia Vineyards Special Events

I am always looking for recipes with wine as an ingredient. As part of the search, I contacted Chumeia Vineyards in Paso Robles, California and discovered more than recipes and wine.  Their website has many recipes on it. Most of the recipes are for pairing with their wines. You may want to check out their […]

Spring Wine Events in Virginia

Spring wine events are in the air. With Virginia having a fast growing increase of vineyards and winery, there is cause for celebration. If you are looking for a fun activity this weekend, check out some of these Virginia events. The  Monticello Area Wine Festival will be held April 18 and 19 from 11am to 5pm, […]

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