Portugal, for a small country, has fourteen wine regions. My knowledge of Portuguese wine is light so when I saw Planet Wine, my local wine shop, doing a tasting, I thought it would be a fun tour. Of the fourteen wine regions, you're probably most familiar with... Vino Verde: Biggest and northernmost wine region in [...]
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Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a great opportunity to discover new wines. Among the 28 wines and champagnes I sampled last week, here are three new interesting discoveries from Germany, China, and Portugal. Germany's Kloster Pinot Grigio You don't see many Pinot Grigios from Germany. This one was served at Epcot's Germany Weinkeller and [...]
Enjoyed a fun bottle of Portuguese wine tonight, Casal Garcia White, picked up recently from Seattle Wine Outlet. It's fruity aromas and light body with citrus taste were the perfect pairing for our Coconut Chicken Noodle dish. Produced by Aveleda from the Vinho Verde appellation, it's made ofÂ Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto and Azal grape varieties. Casal [...]
Caudalie VinothérapieÂ® Spas have added to their spa family opening their fifth spa in the beautiful new Yeatman Hotel in Oporto, Portugal. While I haven't yet experienced it (the spa opened last week, hotel opened 26 September), reading their website, brochure and looking at the pictures has me wanting to pack my bags for my [...]
Awards Season 2016 is upon us which means one fabulous beverage...Champagne! To celebrate Moët & Chandon's 25th Anniversary as the official Champagne of the Golden Globes, Moët has created a home viewing party kit just for you! The Moët Mini Caddy includes 6 Moët Impérial minis with golden snap-in mini flutes in a cute reusable [...]
On our recent trip to the Grand Canyon, we made a stop in Williams, Arizona. Not only because it was on Historic Route 66, but it's also my husband's last name! What a cute, funky town that takes you back to what Route 66 must have been like. It reminded me of Radiator Springs from [...]
Back in the Fall, I discovered a new wine region...Lodi, California. Just 100 miles east of San Francisco, it has been flourishing since 1850. Lodi is predominately a red wine-producing region and is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World, producing over 32% of California’s premium Zinfandel. But the region also grows 20-30 different white wine grapes. [...]
At our last Fine Wine Divas event, we explored the world of South African wines with Cape Classics, the premier South African wine importer in the U.S. From Rosé to Whites to Reds, Cape Classics tasted us through the following line up we tasted through a selection of Cape Classics... Mulderbosch Rose 2013 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc 2013 [...]
When you hear California wine, you most likely think Napa and Sonoma. But there's a great wine region that's been flourishing for 150 years not too far from there...Lodi, California. Lodi is one of California's major wine growing region, located 100 miles east of San Francisco. It's characterized by a rural atmosphere and farms run [...]
This month marks the 25th Anniversary of Virginia Wine Month! Restaurants, retailers and wineries across the state are celebrating providing plenty of opportunities to explore! Virginia is home to more than 230 wineries and vineyards, seven American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), nearly two dozen wine trails and rates fifth in the nation for wine grape production. [...]