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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 – […]

How to Make New Orleans’ Iconic Gin Fizz

How to Make New Orleans’ Iconic Gin Fizz

My images of the Gin Fizz date back to my high school days. And not all of those images are pleasant, mind you. On a recent trip to New Orleans, I had the opportunity to meet Cheryl Charming, bar mistress of the Bourbon O Bar […]

Campo Viejo: Where women wine

Campo Viejo: Where women wine

Spain is one of the European countries I have not spent much time in but it’s pretty high up on my list of places that I need to get to know better. I developed an affinity for Spanish wines, primarily Tempranillo, on a trip to […]

Central California’s Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

Central California’s Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea

The Central Coast of California has been known for its burgeoning wine industry for some time, but there’s a little up and coming area in Monterey County that’s attracting those looking for an authentic wine tasting experience. Monterey County was voted one of the top […]



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