Two Days in Dublin, Ireland: Day 1

Have a trip planned to Spain? Aer Lingus has some of the best air fares from the United States to Europe! If you plan your flights just right, you can turn an extended layover into a short visit to Dublin. This gives you just enough time to get a flavor for Ireland — and guarantee you will want to return again for a longer stay. Getting the Best Deal on Air Fares I am one […]

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Photos of Spain – Monstant

A feast for the eyes Recently Amy and I participated in a press trip to Catalan. We visited the wine region of Monsant, an area that surrounds Priorat. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet, a fact I was reminded of this morning when I started looking through my photos for ideas. So many gorgeous sites, delicious meals, and amazing wines. I chose a fairly random selection here to share […]

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Raw Milk Does a Body Good: Healthyway Dairy

“It’s real milk, from a cow.” Jacob looks at me in disbelief and I realize that sounds crazy. “I mean straight from the cow, instead of the grocery store,” I say. It tastes different. Better. Thus becomes my love affair with raw milk and Healthyway Dairy farm in Santa Fe, Texas. Why a Dairy Farm? It started when my friend, Jerry, with whom we play Ingress, sent me on a mission. He told me to […]

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Jemrose and Pork belly

2008 Jemrose “Gloria’s Gem” Proprietary Blend

Often when we put together wine and food pairings the food comes first, and then the wine. Not this time. Knowing the intensity and flavor of this 2008 deep red vixen from Bennett Valley in Sonoma County, we needed something with gusto to stand up to it. Enter pork belly. Pork belly is so very versatile and inexpensive — at around $5 per pound locally — but you wouldn’t know it from many a restaurant […]

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Loire Valley: Castles, Caves au Coeur de France

No doubt you are aware Loire Valley Wines represent the top producer of white AOC wines, but did you know this important French wine region produces Reds, Rose and Bubbles in its 48,000 hectares of vineyards as well? Located in the heart of France, the Loire Valley’s 79 appellations and denominations employ over 5,000 professions who help produce and market an average of nearly 3 million hectolitres.  The Loire Valley sells 380 million bottles of […]

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Wine Travel Loire Valley: The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

This place is immense, I think to myself as I descend from the hill where the shuttle from the train station deposits us. And white. So white that it is difficult to take a proper picture in the sun. White gravel turns my black shoes dusty. White stone walls reach toward the blue sky. White steps. White walls. White arches. White like a nun’s coiffe that represents part of its heritage but also belies some […]

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Wines wow capacity crowd, help raise over $200k for at-risk students

For the third straight year, Another Wine Blog-curated wines wowed guests and helped raise money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area at the Sixth Annual Raise Your Glass to CIS, part of the Charity Golf Tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club. This year’s combined proceeds exceeded the organization’s “stretch goal” of $200,000 by $17,000 and bested last year’s proceeds by over $40,000! Local sommeliers and wine educators provided technical notes and personal anecdotes as […]

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A Perfect Day

Oh, it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spent it with you Oh, such a perfect day You just keep me hanging on You just keep me hanging on – Perfect Day, Lou Reed The way this wicked world has turned, a good moment can be hard to come by. So when a perfect day comes along, well, that’s something to cherish. Shared even, if possible. Here is my attempt to share it gladly with […]

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