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Rome – Our Last Days In Italy

Piazza Navona is a Great Place To Stay In Rome

The Stunning Piazza Navona At Night

Rome…if it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. Of course, we were hitting it at the end of our trip which meant we had been travelling for the better part of three weeks out of just a couple of carry-ons, and walking 15 to 20 thousand steps per day on uneven cobblestone streets. Couple that with drinking aperitifs before dinner, Italian wine with almost every meal and of course enjoying the hell out of most meals, so we were getting pretty tired. Read More

Touring Orvieto

Cathedral In Orvieto

Cathedral In Orvieto

The next morning we drove to Orvieto, a small hill town in Umbria that had been recommended by a number of people. It sits up on a volcanic hill that has been inhabited for at least three thousand years. Read More

Wine Tasting with Karine Winery from North Fork

The Folks from Karine Winery

The Folks from Karine Winery

We’ve had our place near Bass Lake for about 14 years and we thought we had tasted at most of the wineries in the mountains. Several weeks ago, we ran across a group in our favorite little Mexican Restaurant in North Fork that had a wine we hadn’t tasted, from a local winery that we had forgotten about called Karine. Read More

Wine Tasting in Lodi – McCay Cellars

Maccay Cellars Old Winery

Maccay Cellars Old Winery

McCay Cellars was recommended by the Lodi Wine Association and we really had no idea what to expect when we pulled up. The winery is located in a small industrial area which might put a few people off who are looking for the palatial estate with huge grounds, picnic facilities etc… Read More

There Is More Than Champagne When It Comes to Sparkling Wines

Champagne for New Years

Champagne for New Years? Try an Alternative.

So you’re looking for a Champagne for New Years Eve but you’re not sure what to get. Here are a couple of pointers to help zero in on the type of Champagne that you want. Read More

Wine Tasting In Lodi – Introduction

Wine Tasting in Lodi

Just a Few of the Many Lodi WIineries

It’s hard to take a wine region seriously when its claims to fame were the birthplace of A&W Root Beer and the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, “Stuck in Lodi Again”. Read More

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