The Suave, Seductive Italian from Valpolicella: Amarone

You know the type – dark, brooding, and a bit austere in youth. He needs time to mature, relax, and develop into the strong, seductive and attentive lover he was born to be. Those like him are few, and far between. He makes his entrance only when all conditions align to make a superlative statement. His roots may be in a small multi-generational enterprise or a sprawling and noble estate. But when he finally arrives […]

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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the Tuesday before Lent when those preparing to fast celebrate with rich fatty foods, wine and perhaps a bit of debauchery. Beads, candy and […]

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Escape to Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Charismatic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only thing drawing United States’ visitors across the border. As we count down to Cleveland and the start of the Republican National Convention, both Democrats and Republicans alike are making the same inquiry: Just how does one immigrate to Canada? After visiting Kelowna, British Columbia, last month to taste wines from the Okanagan Valley, I thought about it a bit myself. The landscape is beautiful; the people are friendly, […]

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Pedro Ferrer and Dolors Sala

Freixenet: It is All about Family

Used to be here in America, people went to work for a company after high school or college and stayed with that same company until they retired. It is still that way in pockets of the United States and in some industries, where one can rise up through the ranks to become head of a division or company from more humble beginnings. But more often than not, to get ahead one must switch jobs and […]

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Wine & Dine Series pairs Expressive Wines with Exquisite Cuisine

Looking to treat yourself to imaginative wine pairings with world-class cuisine? The Omni Barton Creek Wine & Dine series has monthly offerings that will do just that! Just a 15-minute Uber ride from lively downtown Austin, Texas, is the pampering luxury of the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Set within the beauty of the Lone Star capital’s expansive Hill Country, the resort is nestled away on 4,000 acres of secluded property and features four […]

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2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is such a beautiful wine, and offers plenty of styles for a variety of taste buds. From the grassy, high acid crisp styles from New Zealand to the beautifully sweet Sauternes of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also widely cultivated in Chile, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Washington and California. Some New World Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc.” One of our stand-out favorites is the Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc […]

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10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Planning a visit to Barcelona, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea? Well if not, you should! The Catalan capital’s influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts make Barcelona one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural centers. Last year nearly 8 million people spent the night in Barcelona, the Ciutat Comtal or City of Counts, which is Cap i Casal de Catalunya or the Head and Heart of […]

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Celebrate Languedoc Day, Friday May 29th

Friday, May 29th lovers of Languedoc wines will join together to celebrate this special region in the South of France. We made our third trip to the region last month, and can tell you the wines are better than ever! Where is the Languedoc? Pronounced “Lawn-guh-dock” by locals, and “Long-dock” by outsiders, the region curves around the Mediterranean Sea’s Golf of Lion, and encompasses 36 appellations and ‘delimited areas with protected origin status’, including 29 […]

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Eating Calçots: Deep Throat in Barcelona

Barcelona is a food lovers’ paradise — where supper starts at 9:00 or 10:00 in the evening and can go on well past midnight. You will not leave a restaurant hungry, and can sample multiple dishes in the form of world-famous “tapas” (small plates). The Swine is King and one can even find Jamón serrano in a cone along the streets near the tourist centers. I have been here since late Monday on a media […]

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