Archive for the ‘Wine & Food’ Category

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The Most Embarrassing Side of Wine Travel… Musings

This was the point where I should have taken a bow… Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, right? So, I’m a guest of Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche. This day, we were having lunch at family Ristorante in a neighboring town. It was as authentic as it could possibly be. […]

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Pairing Tuscan Wines with Tuscan Cuisine ~ Day 1

GUEST: I was a guest at Castello di Meleto, in Gaiole (the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany), as orchestrated by Michael Yurch, of The Bluest Sky Group. When we, as Americans, think of Italian cuisine, pasta immediately comes to mind, right? In a word association game, I say Italian food, and most people respond with […]

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If You Love Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, This Event Has Your Name All Over It

An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated, wine grape-growing region in the United States,and has been for the nearly 39 years.  The Augusta AVA surrounds the area in and around the town of Augusta, Missouri, which was the first recognized AVA recognized in the US, gaining their  status on June 20, 1980. Stags Leap’s […]

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When Opportunity Knocked ~ Siena Italy Was at the Door

[ALL PHOTO: Jo Diaz, unless noted otherwise. Shop in Sienna, Italy] PART 1 ~ CULTURE LEADS TO WINE AND FOOD In October of 2018, a door was opened for me by Bluest Sky Group, when I was invited to join a group of wine professionals traveling in Italy. We would be exploring the central wine regions of […]

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Leaping Horse Vineyard ~ More Than a Leap of Faith

PHOTO: Jo Diaz SAMPLE: Quintessential Wines for Ironstone Vineyards: Listening to “There’s No Way,” an upbeat Powerwalk Playlist on Spotify… I’ve got this 2017 Leaping Horse Vineyard Chardonnay wine sitting on my desk, waiting to be opened; screwcap right there, just needs a twist. What’s holding me up? I just read something from Tasting The […]

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Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz – Cupramontana Headquarters] To understand wine, first we need understand its culture and people. The first time I wrote that was in 2009, just prior to a trip to Portugal. This thought was just reaffirmed, as I’m newly returned from an Italian adventure, in the epicenter of the Renaissance. This story is about […]

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Sonoma County has a Culinary and Wine Paradigm Shift in Windsor, California

There are many winery principals, wine writers, and residents of Sonoma County, California, who have been wondering… When will Chinois Asian Bistro re-open? Chef and proprietor Debbie Shu shares the past and the future… Chinos Asian Bistro, 186 Windsor River Road, debuted October 2008, as a contemporary Pacific Rim dining concept, by owner and restaurateur […]

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A RARE Opportunity to Taste Artisan Napa Valley Cabs on February 24

[Photo from winery sites. First photo: Herb Lamb Vineyards] Over the years, as I look back, I’ve come to realize that my calling has always been to champion the underdogs. And I write “underdogs” with the utmost respect. I see talent and I know potential. I came to first realize my gift when I couldn’t […]

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Worldly Wines of the Week ~ FERRATON Père & Fils

FRANCE ~ FERRATON Père & Fils FERRATON Père & Fils: In 1946, winemaker Jean Orëns Ferraton, also the son of a winemaker, began his vineyard in the Rhône Valley of France. Jean’s son Michel became the next generation rooted in the same passion. Over time, Michel has used new vineyard innovations, to bring their growing […]

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Haydon Street Inn ~ Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg, California has turned into quite the “wine country living” town. It’s always had the flavor, but it’s more sophisticated today than ever. With the addition of Hotel Healdsburg, along came many retail shops that have created a more stylish town to visit. The charm is evident everywhere you go. For those of us who […]