Moraga Bel Air Winery

Moraga Bel Air Winery: A Hidden Gem in Los Angeles

There are some hidden gems in Los Angeles that even locals have no clue about. I have run into two of these treasures this past year. One is the Fredrick Weisman Foundation in Holmby Hills, and the other is Moraga Bel Air Vineyard and Winery. Both are situated on residential streets, obscured behind gates. These

Loire Valley Cabernet Franc Wines

Explore Loire Valley Cabernet Franc with Bloom Big

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a tasting where I revisited the Loire Valley during an evening dinner event at The Gardens Rooftop at Petit Ermitage called Go On! Bloom Big, Explore the Loire Valley’s Cabernet Franc. My first encounter with Loire Valley Wines was in 2019 for Spring Into Loire Valley Wines. At

Santa Maria Wines of Rancho de Ontiveros

Santa Maria Wines: The Legacy of Ranchos de Ontiveros

This article is an excerpt from an article on Santa Maria wines I wrote for Wander with Wander in November. The article takes us on a journey through the generations of the Ontiveros family who helped develop the Santa Maria Valley. The history of Santa Maria involves the story of the Ontiveros family, the Ranchos

Yadkin Valley North Carolina Food Trails - Ground Steak Food Trail and Surry Sonker Trail

The Food Trails of Yadkin Valley North Carolina

Like art, food trails define a region. Some trails tell the story of the area’s past, while others give a little color to the city where these trails reside. While visiting the Yadkin Valley, North Carolina, to discover wine, I found two Yadkin Valley Food Trails that speak to the area’s history. They are the

Coastal View of San Francisco Peninsula

The Coastal Side Of The San Francisco Peninsula

The San Francisco Peninsula lies south of San Francisco and separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The area spans from San Francisco on the north to Mountain View on its southern end. In between, you can enjoy the cities of Burlingame, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, San Bruno,

New Brunswick Wine - Vinerie-Des-Fruits-Pastoral-View

Discover New Brunswick Wine

This article is an excerpt from an article on New Brunswick wine I wrote for Wander with Wander in November. The article delves into the unique take and vibrant approach to producing hybrids and fruit wines, giving New Brunswick wine the potential to prove itself another viable wine region for Canada. Most people do not

Switchback Ridge Wine

Switchback Ridge Wine: Paving A Legacy in Calistoga

The history of Switchback Ridge wine is the story of the oldest continuously owned winery in Calistoga and on the Silverado Trail. The Petersons legacy chronicles the Napa Valley region from the early 1900s to the present day. It also reveals some of the first women in wine and their role in sustaining a vineyard

Best Wine 2023 Year In Review

Best Wine 2023: Year In Review

It is that time of the year for me to share my list of the best wine 2023, my year in review. Besides the various in-person and Zoom tastings I attended here in Los Angeles this year, I traveled to North Carolina to discover the Yadkin Valley’s Surry County Wine Trail and The Crest of

Travel 2023 New Brunswick Hopewell Rocks

Travel 2023 Year In Review

In 2023, my travel explorations took me to destinations in Canada, North Carolina, and California, where I discovered some new hidden gems for wine. As has become the norm, I traveled both virtually and in person. Enjoy my travel 2023, year in review, as I continue to broaden my horizon with new places to explore.

Parliament Buildings in Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria: The Enchanting Pearl of British Columbia

One port of call aboard the Discovery Princess from Vancouver to Los Angeles was Greater Victoria. I have visited Victoria, BC, several times before. The city has fond memories for me. As a child, my family vacationed at Shawnigan Lake in British Columbia. The trip always included a stop in Victoria. In the early 1970s,

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