Archive for the Tag 'Wine Country'

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You brought kids to wine country, now what do you do with them?

Vacationing in wine country for adults is very special. It’s magical, awe inspiring, the landscapes wow everyone, and it’s so casual. This time, though, you brought the kids and you’re now at a loss… What to do with them? Well, when in Rome, so what the Romans do, and begin by asking the locals. And, […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Blog

I don’t write this blog for other bloggers. I know they’re not my audience; although, for many, that’s their joie de vivre and that’s just fine. There’s a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is that […]

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Wine country time

I’d like to institute a law, revoking the “pedestrians have the right of way” one.

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Winery tasting rooms are retail outlets and samples aren’t mandatory

Winery tasting rooms are retail outlets and samples aren’t mandatory… What a concept, huh, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t understand this basic marketing concept. Tasting rooms are set up for wine retail sales, and education may also be part of that process… Here you may enjoy learning about wine, and then […]

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The Dark Side of Lovely Wine Country ~ Is there any excuse for this?

[Image is from PBS.org.] This story was pulled for a bit today, because I was trying to get to the bottom of a “he said, she said,” and I now have. The owner gave me a conflicting story, and it doesn’t match with what I’ve been able to ascertain from the police, so I’m running […]

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Holiday Gift Giving Ideas Beginning With Thanksgiving ~ Wine Country Gift Baskets Are Great

For Your Thanksgiving Hosts… I’ve been preparing Thanksgiving, since the day my mom decided she was through cooking the big holiday dinner for what had become 20+ people in our family. Mom and Dad had brought us all together for so long that it was just time for Mom to retire from the kitchen… clear […]

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend ~ This Labor Day Weekend

This coming September 2 – 4, 2011, another beautiful weekend festival will be set among the vines and redwoods, drawing thousands of people. The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features over 200 wineries and chefs, and is a popular way to spend the last days of summer in wine country. It’s always hosted at the MacMurray […]

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An Argument against and for children in wine country… How do you vote?

MEL810: I was an only child and thus, I was taken to many adult venues that most children did not attend, such as cocktail parties, good restaurants, films aimed at adults, etc. (not so-called ‘adult’ films, however,) I also went to my parents’ workplaces and on political ‘get out the vote’ campaigns. But I didn’t […]

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Dress Code: Wine Country Casual ~ Welcome Back, Tourists

What to wear, what to wear… Calm down… I’m a Yankee, with really deep Yankee roots. My maiden name is “Clarke.” Grandmother Gertrude Haines Clarke was the daughter of the late Governor William T. Haines of Waterville, Maine, my great grandfather… Great grandmother Patience Blackstone Clarke was the granddaughter of the Reverend William Blackstone, who […]

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Things to do in wine country, non wine (sorta) related ~ Friday Fotos ~ Gardens Abound

Gardens abound in Wine Country. These images will give you hope for spring, as we all experience these dreary days of winter… A breath of fresh air for you, as you keep this year’s vacations in mind… These pictures were shot all over California, while on wine tours. Why I know it works for someone […]