Jordan Vineyard And Winery — Take Another Look

Here’s another take on my recent visit to Jordan Vineyard and Winery, just outside of Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma County. I can’t believe it took me so many years to visit this magical, hidden treasure. Don’t make the same mistake. If you’ve not been, plan to get there soon. If you’ve been there […]

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So Few Places Like Jordan

If you set out to visit Jordan Vineyard and Winery expecting it to be like some of the other wineries you’ve been to, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Jordan doesn’t have many of the same things that most wineries offer. Jordan doesn’t have crowds. They don’t have guests two and three deep at a […]

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The End Of The Road

Once we arrived in Nelson, we had only a few days left before it was time to head for home.  We had begun to feel the tug of the familiar but were determined to squeeze the last few drops of fun out of our time away. We still had to get over to Marlborough to […]

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North To Nelson…The Scenic Route

Our original plans called for us to make the one-hour flight from Queenstown in the south to Nelson in the north, but after some “what the hell are we thinking” deliberation, we decided to rent a car and drive. A little bit of research and some chatting with the locals in Q’town convinced us that […]

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A Mad Dash Through Central Otago

One of our main objectives to visiting New Zealand, apart from enjoying the wild splendor of the south island, was to visit the heart of Central Otago and learn as much as we could in the little time we had. So, I polled some social media connections in the States, Australia, and New Zealand, and […]

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Queenstown — Our Kind Of Adventure

Queenstown, situated in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s southern island, attracts adventurers from around the world. Bungy jumping, mountain biking, parasailing, white-water kayaking, and rock climbing are just a few of the activities that draw young and old from all points on the planet. That’s all well and good for some folks, but we […]

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Sydney — What’s Not To Love?

I‘ll admit right up front that Sydney was Mary’s idea. I thought it would be an okay place to visit but from the start my enthusiasm for it was so-so. Probably because she had done all the research for this portion of the trip and I was just going along for the ride. It was […]

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The Wines Of Portugal — The Next Big Thing?

The typical American wine lover is driven by the love of discovery and the desire to find unbeatable bargains. In light of these twin motivations, the wines of Portugal just might be the next big thing. Until recently the Portuguese wine market was predominantly a domestic one, with a large percentage of its production filling […]

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The Great Ocean Road and Points West

After a few days enjoying Melbourne, we hopped in our rental (look right! look right!) and headed out to drive the Great Ocean Road. This 151-mile stretch of rolling macadam from Torquay to Allansford is the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to soldiers killed in World War I and built by Australian troops who had […]

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