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Mykonos… ahhhh… the Greek Islands

...white, washed architecture with blue shutters & doors to match the azure blue sky & sea, sunshine, beaches, Aegean Sea, warm temperatures, delicious food, great wines, sunsets... its definitely one of my favorite spots! I've loved Greece from my first visit to Athens and love it more every time I go...especially after this trip. We [...]

2020-03-17T22:52:56-06:00Travel|

And the wine Oscar goes to…

So why not serve the same at your Oscar Party! For the 6th year the Academy Awards will pour Sterling Vineyards' specially created wines at the after gala ball with Wolfgang Puck's menu for 1,500 guests and at the evening's pre show reception. VP of winemaking Mike Westrick describes the special line up, "The 2005 [...]

2019-03-20T13:59:18-06:00Wine|

Vendema Resort Santorini, ‘a legendary corner of paradise’

Built around a 400 year old winery in the quaint Santorini village of Megalochori, one of the oldest villages on the island, stands Vendema Resort.  Forty-five white washed villas look out to gorgeous views of the vineyards and Aegean sea creating what truly is, as they call it, "a legendary corner of paradise." I booked [...]

2019-03-20T13:59:01-06:00Travel|

KeeKee Lands in Athens, Greece… My Newest Children’s Book

KeeKee has landed in Athens, Greece! It's the third book in my award-winning children's picture book series KeeKee's Big Adventures. I started Grape Occasions to share my love of travel, wine, and spas with you. My love of travel started at a young age when my mom was a flight attendant. It opened my eyes and [...]

2020-03-17T19:03:52-06:00Travel|

Around the World with Pinot Noir

The great thing about wine tastings at a wine shop or wine bar is the opportunity it gives you to taste several wines side by side. Most people don't usually open up three to five bottles at home to try at one sitting. Wednesday night's wine tasting with Timothy at neighborhood wine shop, Planet Wine, [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:28-06:00Wine|

Athens Must GO’s Beyond the History

Beyond all the amazing history and ruins of Athens, there are more neighborhoods to explore, fabulous restaurants for delicious local cuisine, nice hotels and adventures to be had outside the city. Neighborhoods & Restaurants * Plaka:  The old quarter of Athens, once considered the neighborhood of the Olympic gods, is a fabulous place to enjoy [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:36-06:00Travel|

Puglia: Exploring the Unique Towns, Part 2

After a few days lounging by the pool and beach at Masseria Torre Coccaro and touring towns of Valle d'Itria, we drove south to explore the splendors of the Salento region, often considered the third island of Italy because it's very hot, dry and lined with beaches. Lecce Our first stop was the capital of [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:41-06:00Travel|

Puglia: Exploring the Unique Towns, Part 1

The Valle d'Itria's (Itria Valley) rolling green landscape chalked full of fairytale-like trulli and pergola style vineyards is home to three of the unique towns we visited this trip. Alberobello The trulli capital is what captured my attention many years ago on the cover of Italia! Magazine and drew me to Puglia. As you walk [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:41-06:00Travel|

Puglia: Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot

Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, first captured my attention several years ago when I saw pictures of Alberobello's fairytale-like trulli, white houses with conical roofs, on the cover of Italia! Magazine. Not only is it Italy, it has sun, beach, culture, cuisine, wine and spa, making it the perfect vacation spot in my book. [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:41-06:00Travel|

Adventures in Southern Italy

Just back from a two wonderful weeks in Southern Italy and there's so much to share... Our Big Fun Italian Wedding: This was the reason for our trip. We had thirty-one dear friends join us for a long weekend celebration in Positano. I'll share new finds and more on some old favorites. Capri: a trip [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:42-06:00Travel|