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Monthly Archives: September 2014

50 Cava Media Tour Starts Next Week

This is the 4th year for the Cava Media Tour sponsored by Wine Pleasures. We were very fortunate to be chosen to participate in this year’s tour in Spain.
Next week we will meet others of the group…

Steps of Preparing Our Qvevri for Winemaking

Despite our busy schedule in support of wineries and vineyards, we have continued working on the small qvevri we brought home from the country of Georgia after our spring visit to Tbilisi for the International Wine Tourism Conference.

3 Cocktail Recipes from a Winery at the Old Sugar Mill

A couple of weeks ago while we were in California visiting several different wine regions, we stopped by the Old Sugar Mill close to Sacramento. One of the wineries we visited was Rendez-vous Winery.

Flight Home with Wine on Delta

After 16 days on the west coast it was time to fly home, write articles and rest a few days while researching Cava producers for our next long trip. I always like to try the wine on mid-day and evening flights. Fortunately, Delta likes to change things and I seldom get the same wine unless […]

Searching for a Bit of Sakartvelo in America: Kargi GoGo

  Kargi GoGo is a food cart in the popular Washington St. food court in Portland Oregon. Owners Sean Fredericks and McKinze Cook spent two years in the country Georgia in the Peace Corps, immersed in the food culture. We decided to have a Georgian meal for dinner and ordered khinkali, khachapuri and badrijani. My […]

Dinner at a Winery Taproom

Portland, Oregon has one of the best food scenes in the country. Last evening we had dinner at Cooper Hall Winery & Taproom. Most of the building in the Central Eastside Industrial District is used for the winery including production area and space for barrels and tanks. At the time of our September visit, workers […]

Dinner Theme

When we visit our family in Portland, Oregon we often have at least one dinner that has a theme. This year’s theme was Octoberfest. German sausages were grilled and the beer flowed, for the beer drinkers. I was asked to select wines for the wine drinkers that would be in the group. We started with […]

Do Airports Make a Difference for Wine Travelers?

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. San Francisco International Airport is […]

Visit the Kelseyville Pear Festival and Stay to Visit Lake County Wineries

The Kelseyville Pear Festival takes place September 27, 2014. Kelseyville is in Lake County, California an area known for pears and wineries. The first Kelseyville Pear Festival took place in 1993. The first vineyards were planted in the 1800s.

The Old Sugar Mill Is now Home to Several Wineries

The Old Sugar Mill is now been transformed into a home for several California wineries and tasting rooms. If you live in Sacramento, don’t miss a visit to the renovated mill. Undoubtedly you will want to return.

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