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Where to Enjoy the Best Cocktails Around the World in 2017

Where to Enjoy the Best Cocktails Around the World in 2017

The Lodge at Ashford, a 4-star hotel located on the grounds of Ashford Castle’s 350-acre estate, is the perfect destination for visitors looking for a more affordable, yet still luxurious, way to experience the extravagant property and all the many activities available on-site. The hotel […]

Sweetzer Cellars: DI-Wine

Sweetzer Cellars: DI-Wine

My dad made wine in our suburban Maryland home when I was growing up. Today, my 20-year-old vegan daughter is making wine – or fermenting as the kids today would say. I’ve dreamed of owning a vineyard one day and making wine with a kitchy […]

5 Great Golf Resorts in Wine Country

5 Great Golf Resorts in Wine Country

If there are two things my husband loves, it’s golf and wine. Or wine and golf. I’m not sure what order he’d choose them in. Me? I just like to drink wine. So when I was trying to think of a great getaway for the […]

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some of the luxury wineries and resorts in Tuscany and Umbria.   When people think Italian wine, their first thought might be the robust Chiantis of Tuscany. Having lived in Italy, […]

Harney & Sons Teas

Harney & Sons Teas

True confession: I’m a tea hoarder. If you look in my pantry, you’ll find boxes upon boxes of flavored teas. Whenever I see an interesting flavor or a new brand, I just have to give it a try. And like wine, I’m a sucker for […]

The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

  This is Part 2 of  Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme   While the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Lucia Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenic drives, the region also offers the most beautiful vistas for wine tasting – […]



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