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Autumn Food & Wine Parings with Fine Wine Divas

Our Fine Wine Divas October event was all about this delicious season, Autumn Food & Wine Pairings. We gathered at the fabulous new hotel and hot spot in Washington, DC, The Graham Georgetown, in their farm-to-table restaurant, A.G.B. And our wine selection for the evening took us around the world: NV Steininger Grüner Veltliner from Austria 2012 [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:07-06:00Travel, Wine|

Tour of Italian Wine

A Tour of Italy was the theme for our Fine Wine Divas February event and Acqua al 2 in DC, my favorite Italian restaurant here and in Florence, was the perfect spot for it. Italy, which is slightly smaller than the state of California, is one HUGE vineyard, stretching from Piedmont in the north to Sicily [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:10-06:00Wine|

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: First Day at the Wineries

Day one of our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend we spent in the Russian River Valley and Healdsburg visiting Iron Horse Vineyards, Pellegrini Family Vineyards and Seghesio Family Vineyards. Iron Horse Vineyards Our first stop was at this gorgeous hill top winery...as you approach on a dirt road you see the palm tree lined entrance in [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:32-06:00Travel, Wine|

Sip a Dream of Italy

Two new Italian wines exclusively for Disney Parks, Sogno d'Italia, were introduced at this year's Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Bottled by Placido in Tuscany and imported by Banfi Vintners, these easy drinkable wines will continue to be available after the festival at Enoteca Castello in Epcot's Italy and begin to be served in many [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:34-06:00Wine|

On my way to Epcot Food & Wine Festival

On a flight now to Orlando for this 16th annual food and wine lovers dream festival! Our first visit last year was a blast and this year I'm looking forward to new experiences including: Epcot Wine School: I'm attending one of the five wine schools offered during the festival. Sunday's school is 'Bewitched, Bothered and [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:34-06:00Travel, Wine|

2011 Harvest Season Full of Extremes

This growing season's crazy weather conditions with extreme frosts, early summers and no summers have created quite a mixed bag for wine region harvests from California to Champagne to Chianti. Many spots in Europe are already half way through their harvest creating the earliest harvest season many can remember. Reports from Greece last week showed [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:38-06:00Wine|

Tuscan Spa Bliss

Nestled in the heart of Southern Tuscany surrounded by the rolling hills of Val d'Orcia, you'll find Adler Thermae Toscana just outside the tiny medieval spa town of Bagno Bignoni. This spa town was the perfect respite along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim way that once led from Canterbury to Rome, for many including [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:44-06:00Spa|

Virginia Wines I’m Loving, Part 2

My goal at last weekend's Viginia Wine Expo was to taste wines from many of the wineries I'd heard about (I hit 15 wineries and sampled 88 wines) and find some favorites (I did!). Yesterday's post covered Blenheim Vineyards and DuCard Vineyards. Here are three more favorites. *Afton Mountain Vineyards: On the southeastern slope of [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:47-06:00Wine|

EATinerari in Italy

Found this really cool thing when we were at Eataly on our trip to New York City last week (the Italian marketplace, cafe, restaurants, bar founded in Turin with locations in Italy and Japan)... an EATinerari. Right before you exit The Market check-out area onto 23rd Street, there's a rather non-descript display of these boxes. [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:48-06:00Travel|