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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Vina Croatia

Another wine tasting brought a glimpse of what Croatian wines can offer the world at the 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference. The informal wine tasting at the 2012 IWINETC allowed for tasting what you had a fancy for. In my case, varietal grapes previously not tasted. Once again, my notes will be haikus. Graševina, Kutjevo […]

The Many Flavours of Italy

The Many Flavours of Italy was a wine tasting at the International Wine Tourism Conference conducted by Jane Hunt, MW. Rather than traditional wine writing notes, I decided to write haiku, a form of verse that requires one to count syllables. The first and third lines contain five syllables each while the second line contains […]

Barrel Oak Winery in Virginia

Back in 2008 Barrel Oak Winery was the “new kid on the block.” Relatively new to winery industry the owners, Brian and Sharon Roeder, quickly immersed themselves into the world of learning about wine, making wine all the while planting and maintaining vineyards and building a large state of the art facility that accommodates the […]

Evening Dinner Wines FAM Day 1

I recall the advice from Eric Asimov at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Virginia. Mr. Asimov suggested that wine writers change the way they write about wine. Don’t use terms such as “hints” or “nuances.” So at the time, when challenged to be creative, I decided to write haiku instead of a more traditional […]

Save the date: March 1 – Benefit Concert to Support a Severely Injured Marine

Combine a visit to the beautiful Temecula, California region with its numerous wineries with the opportunity to help a triple-amputee soldier and his young daughter. A special benefit concert, “Building for AMERICA’S BRAVEST” is taking place for a soldier who is a triple amputee due to his service in Afghanistan. The goal of this fundraiser […]

Vacation Over

Our three day vacation in Rome was filled with walking, meeting new people, exploring new sites and prayer. We have a 40-something year-old niece that has a rare form of Leukemia. We stopped at every church we passed including St. Peter’s and prayed for her. We received the first positive news today since she was […]

Wine from Casale Marchese at Rome Cavalieri

After walking and walking and more walking today, we decided to take a taxi back to the hotel. Staying at the Rome Cavalleri definitely has its highlights. One of the hotel restaurants is located on level -1. Terry thought that using the numeral -1 on the elevator was great. The numbers actually started at -2, […]

A Collaboration Between Chanel’s Winery and Karl Lagerfeld

Back in 1994 Chanel acquired an old French winery, Château Rauzan-Ségla that began producing wine in 1661. Château Rauzan-Ségla is in the Margaux appellation of France. Karl Lagerfeld, a renowned designer, and Chanel have collaborated on celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Château Rauzan-Ségla. Karl Lagerfeld designed the wine label for the 2009 vintage, which is […]

While in Rome …

While in Rome we decided to try a local wine. Rome is in the Lazio wine region and a white wine made by several producers is Frascati. We stopped by a corner restaurant adjacent to the Barberini Plaza and had salads with a half bottle of Frascati DOC by Principe Pallavicini. This particular Frascati was […]

Across the Pond

We landed in Rome early this morning watching a beautiful sunrise from onboard the United flight we took from Dulles. Our flight was restful. I am a believer in acquiring airline miles and hotel honor points. We flew to Italy in United’s first class. This allowed us to turn our seat into a bed and […]

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