When In Spain… Notes From Jerez

As some of you might recall, my daughter, Katie, is in Spain for the year as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. As a part of the Fulbright program she is required to pursue a cultural education project, focusing on a particular aspect of life in Spain. Well, the apple must not fall very far from the […]

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Look Both Ways Before Crossing

The past year was filled with so many wonderful moments and even more delicious wines that it is impossible to count them all. Before uncorking 2015, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention some things that stood out in 2014, and offer a few modest, obtainable goals for the new year. The visit my […]

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Heading For Port — Full Steam Ahead

While our daughter sat through three days of orientation meetings, we took full advantage of her confinement and made the one-hour hop from Madrid to Porto for some relaxed education. A fortuitous website bargain landed us a stay at the Yeatman Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia, a resort normally outside our comfort zone. We […]

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Fueling And Schooling

All that apartment hunting had made us hungry so we rejoined Katie’s new Fulbright friend and  her father for a relaxing night out. Dinner, drinks, and lots of laughs gave us hope that the young ambassadors were off to a solid start. The next day, Sunday, we all met again to head north to Alcala […]

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The Brain In Spain

We are in Madrid to help our daughter find an apartment as she prepares to begin a year of living in Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. We are pressed for time as she loses three days to orientation and we can’t stay forever. Still, despite the time crunch, we are finding ways to […]

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Keep Your Glitz — Let’s Talk About The Wine

If you spend too much time in certain corners of the Napa Valley, you start to believe that in order to make great wine you need to have a Great, capital G, winery. One with a tasting room tricked out in stone and steel, glass and marble. Paneled rooms filled with fine collectibles and walls covered […]

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Sonoma Begins With Keller Estate

For more than 20 years, on my way to visit family members in Petaluma and points west, I’ve seen the Keller Estate sign on Lakeville Highway. And for years my impression of the winery, based on nothing more than the look of the sign and its location in the flatlands north of the San Pablo […]

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Truchard Vineyards Are Not To Be Missed

For years I’ve been driving through Los Carneros – that rolling strip of vineyards and farms hugging the bottom of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys – without really understanding what it was I was looking at. Then I spent an afternoon at Truchard Vineyards. Now I get it. Want to learn more? Check out the rest of my review for the American […]

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