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Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

It's that time of year. Thanksgiving dinner shopping and choosing wines to serve with it. There's lots of advice out there this week on-line so thought I'd share my pairing guidance. Whether you chose red or white wine, I recommend serving both, the general advice is pair simple wines (lighter and less complex) with complex [...]


Germany, China & Portugal Wine Discoveries

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 [...]


Lucca, a Tuscan Culture and Coast Weekend

A missed turn on the A12 in northwest Tuscany led us to Lucca, a medieval gem of a Tuscan town. (Original destination...Leaning Tower of Pisa...we saw it from the road. ;) ) And while only there for a few hours, we knew we'd return. Developed as a Roman city in 180 BC, Lucca sits inside still intact [...]


Our Big Fun Italian Wedding

A wedding in Italy was our dream. Saying our vows and celebrating with thirty-one dear friends in one of our favorite towns, Positano on the Amalfi Coast, for a long weekend was our dream come true! We arrived a few days early to tend to all the details. With the wedding on Sunday late afternoon, [...]


Wine Cruising

I'm not a big 'cruise ship' fan but this is something that could get me onto a ship ... specialty wine cruises. The trend is growing bigger each year with cruise companies adding more itineraries and wineries joining as experts or setting up their own. Costco Travel has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to offer a [...]

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Salzburg, the City of Music

You can hear the music as you walk the cobble stone streets of the baroque Altstadt (Old Town)! Salzburg...the birthplace of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and setting for the American musical and film The Sound of Music. One of the most preserved city centers north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since [...]


Sparkler Sampler

An 'around Europe' sampling of sparkling wines, my favorites, was a great opportunity at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. With the start of the holiday season this week, its the perfect time to share more about bubbles and some to try during the upcoming festivities. Let's start with a little about how sparkling wine [...]


New Champagne Favorite

Last night I stopped downstairs into my local Whole Foods and they were having a Champagne Tasting. Yes please! I'm definitely a bubbly fan although my favorite sparking beverage is Prosecco (Italian Sparkling Wine, fruity & bright, usually a great price point around $12). I'd never been into champagne, probably too many cheapo bottles on [...]


Pedicure with the Fishes

I just had my first 'doctor fish' manicure and pedicure at the new "The Original Dr. Fish" in Amsterdam.  This latest trend in the spa world started in2006 in Japan and has been spreading slowly around the world since.  Its a cosmetic hands and feet treatment where the little 2 inch doctor fish suck on [...]


The Place for Italian Wines

Vinitalia!  This is about my favorite wine shop in Amsterdam and just turned me on to some great new Italians! Vinitalia is a great little shop in the center of Amsterdam owned and run by Andrea. They have an exclusive collection from vineyards of Italy and their knowledge comes from years of personal experience from [...]