A Passion For Dogs, Wine, And Travel Through The Experiences of Cori Solomon

Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award

Toby: A blind dog’s journey – Maxwell Award Winner

This article about a winery service dog who became blind won a Maxwell Award in the 2014 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America.  Cori received the Maxwell Medallion as well as a Certificate of Nomination for excellence in the category of Online Article – Any Other Topic.  The awards were presented

Artisan Uprising Wine

Artisan Uprising: Two brothers’ unique style of making wine

The name of a winery is not just a form of branding, but it can have significant meaning in describing the philosophy of each wine producer. Such is the case with David and William Vondrasek, owners/winemakers of Artisan Uprising. They are artisans in their own right, and like many small boutique wineries, they are rising

Pere Ventura Cavas

Pere Ventura Cava: Bringing out the heart and soul of Spanish Cava

Thinking about the best sparkling wines to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, I remember my luncheon at Il Grano where I sampled Cava from Pere Ventura. These sparkling wines are ideally suited to toast the day with your loved one. Meeting the charismatic Pere Ventura Vendrell makes one understand why these wines are so befitting to

Roccafiore Winery

Roccafiore Winery: A passion for life with wine

A love of his native land was what brought Leonardo Baccarelli to purchase the property that is now Roccafiore Winery in Todi, a town in the province of Perugia, situated in Umbria. The wines from this region are outstanding, and the wines from this winery are a true testament of what can be produced in

Newton Vineyards

Newton Vineyard: A hidden gem on Spring Mountain

A vineyard is like a puzzle. Each block represents one of the pieces, and those, in turn, form a pattern that becomes the plot plan of the vineyard. There is a mystique behind the vineyard and every vine until each vintage comes to full fruition. In the case of Newton Vineyard, the puzzle has many

Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana. Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker, and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery located in

Pearl: Search and Rescue Dog - ASPCA Dog of the Year

ASPCA Dog of the Year: Search and Rescue Dog Pearl – DWA Nominee

This article about search and rescue dog Pearl, a black Labrador Retriever, and her handler Ron Horetski of the Search Dog Foundation was one of three finalists to compete for a Maxwell Medallion Award in the 2011 Writing Competition sponsored by the Dog Writers Association of America. Cori received a Certificate of Nomination for excellence

Colonoscopy Prep

What is in this drink?

  This article is intended for those over fifty who must endure the preparations required for a colonoscopy.  Those under age fifty, medical guidance is advised.  I originally wrote this humorous description of the colonoscopy preps when I had to cleanse my body prior to surgery in 2013.  I am sharing it with you now

Elcuse Wines Sheltor Dog blind dog

Toby: A blind dog’s journey

Every once in a while I come upon a story that is so inspiring and moving, it really resonates with me.  Such is the case when I was visiting Ecluse Winery and met Toby, a blind dog that is the inspiration for the winery’s second label, Blind Dog Wines. It is not the wine, but

Horseback Riding in the Andes

Remembering Mendoza

As life leads us in different directions, sometimes we are offered a once in a lifetime experience that we should take advantage of and not turn down. My trip to Mendoza, Argentina was one of those rare opportunities I could not decline. It was one year ago that I landed in Argentina. Today I ponder

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