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60 Second Wine Country Restaurant Recommendation – Umé Bistro, Windsor, Sonoma, California

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Care to work in some sushi on your wine country trip to Sonoma? If yes, just get right off the freeway in Windsor and tuck in here… http://umebistro.com/ To the right of the entrance is one cozy room, or the larger room to the left. When I go to a new sushi place I usually […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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Travel, Recipes, Tucunare, Peacock Bass, Brazil, Brasil, Em Portugues

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Sometimes simple is the best recipe. “Peacock Bass” is a fish that is at the very top of my “one day need to catch” list. They are legend. Top-water, aggressive, muscular, territorial, and, as I now know…. ruthlessly delicious. I’ve never fished for them yet. I have, however, recently got to enjoy them in the […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Napa Valley, California, USA / Quick Guide – Introduction to a few of my favorite wineries

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In a two-part Napa Valley series I wrote for my past magazine column, we documented a recent tour through Napa’s wonderland… Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that we have posted on Scribd. We suggest hitting the “full screen” button below the article, then the zoom buttons. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949562/Napa-Valley-Wine-Guide-California […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits, “How To Visit a Tasting Room & Love it !”

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Tasting Room Tips & Suggestions First, look at a winery map of the region you are going to.  Figure out, at the very least, a trajectory that passes by, in order, the wineries you’d like to visit.  This will be especially important when it is crowded.  I’d suggest no more than 4 wineries in one […]

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Foods from Chile, Travel to Chile, Wine Grapes from Chile, Seafood not to miss

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Chile is an ideal place to produce wine, and one delicious place to eat. Wine Her grape growing regions are naturally protected against phylloxera, the root destroying louse that plagues vineyards, worldwide. Chile is flanked on all sides by environments phylloxera simply cannot penetrate – the Andes, the great Pacific Ocean, and bone-dry desserts. Operationally, […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina, South America

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Bodega Ruca Malen is another must see vineyard if you visit Mendoza.  Their lunch option offers up five delicious foodie adventures paired impeccably with five Malen wines. If you happen to be staying at the amazing Cavas Wine Lodge, borrow the bikes and peddle on over ! Just be sure not to do what I […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Achaval Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina, South America

Bodega Achaval Ferrer is a do-not-miss.  AF has three different vineyards noted by their very different altitudes.  Mirador is at 600 meters, Bella Vista at 800, and Altamira resides at 1,400 meters above sea level.    Some of their wines use 1 plant for one bottle, while their amazing “Quimera” blends use 2, and some of their […]

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