Travel Guides

Loire Valley: Châteaus, Goat Cheese & Sancerre

The Loire Valley might be world famous for its renaissance history and châteaux, but being a huge fan of Sancerre it has been high on my hit list.  A few weeks ago I got the chance to visit.  Generally when people talk about Sancerre they are talking about Sauvignon Blanc, but you'll also find some Pinot Noir grown here.  The Loire Valley as a whole is also famous for wines made from Chenin Blanc, … [Read More...]

Best of Paso Robles: Syrah, Zin and more

Wow, why did it take me so long to plan a visit to Paso?  This area is ideal for those that love Rhone-style wines like Syrah, Grenache.  Another bonus, you'll also taste many great Zinfandels.  We spent a long weekend here and it was well worth it! Restaurants:  We loved Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles.  On this particular night there were no menus and they just asked us if there was anything we … [Read More...]

Willamette Valley, Oregon: Pinot lovers only

Visiting Oregon wine country was so overdue.  While my father was staying this May we nipped up north to see what the fuss is all about.  The fuss is rightly so.  The wines are in short, phenomenal.  I wish we had more access to these wines in California. Our first stop was Sokol Blosser. We did not have an appointment yet they were so friendly and made our visit so great. The rosé was excellent … [Read More...]

Puglia, Italy: Raw, real and fabulous

Puglia surprised me, in a good way.  This is a wine region on the verge of greatness.  It is still relatively undiscovered and the wineries need help with creating experiences - but for the quality of the wines and incredible value, the no frills tours and interesting culture, it is a great place.  If you have been to Tuscany, and Northern Italy, then this is your next stop.  I was amazed at how … [Read More...]

Douro Valley, Portugal: Harrowing drive pays off

Wow, I can see why the Douro Valley has received such great press lately.  It is probably the most dramatic and beautiful wine region in the world.  Views are spectacular.  Vineyards are planted on steep terraces that hug the Douro River.  But, this all comes at a price.  The drive on the other hand, is harrowing.  And, especially when your rental car company gives you a car with almost no brake … [Read More...]