Archive for the Tag 'World War II'

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Where Does One Begin with Vintner Peter M. F. Sichel?

A MUST READ The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy by Peter M. F. Sichel… One cannot take the life of a such a fascinating man as Peter Sichel, and condense it into 1,000 words or less in a complete book report, and so I’ve just begun writing about Peter Sichel. BOOK’S BACK […]

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“Gracianna,” inspired by true events

“Gracianna,” inspired by true events, has just rocked my world. Gracianna Winery is located in Russian River Valley on Westside Road. Before this winery was built, on the land of its vineyards, sat a small home. My daughter Melanie and her winemaker husband Heath Hoffman lived on the Amador family’s property for a while. Occasionally, […]

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Why are you the right blogger (or writer) for this Chilean culinary adventure?

I entered a contest, “Why are you the right blogger (or writer) for this Chilean culinary adventure?” Chile… one of my New Year’s resolution.  I felt like this was the year for Chile at the end of December, so I proclaimed it to myself. That’s exactly how I quit smoking back in 1972. I proclaimed […]

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An easy way to expand your wine palate and your knowledge base

There’s no better, easier, quicker, or more fun way to expand your knowledge base, and enjoy getting together with others who have the same passion. One of the greatest joys of my wine life was to get turned onto The Wine Century Club. (Thanks, again, Wannabee Wino.) This month’s meeting had Jim Caudill, Sondra Barrett, […]

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Memorial Day Weekend 2009

The constant droning of the freeway, just a mile away from here, has almost become the much anticipated and appreciated holiday silence. These quiet moments are treasured more than any words could possibly describe, and I’m thankful that they occasionally exist. They remind me of living in the Maine Woods, both on Sabattus Lake (in […]