Wine

  • As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some of the luxury wineries and resorts in Tuscany and Umbria. When people think Italian wine, their first thought might be the robust Chiantis of Tuscany. Having lived in Italy, I kind of felt “been there, done that.” But on my return, I was excited to learn, and taste, how Tuscany is embracing luxury wine travel. My adventure began at the…

  • This is Part 2 of  Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme While the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Lucia Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenic drives, the region also offers the most beautiful vistas for wine tasting – and produces some really stellar Santa Maria Valley wines. The Santa Maria Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is the second oldest AVA in California with Napa Valley being the oldest. What makes…

  • The Central Coast of California has been known for its burgeoning wine industry for some time, but there’s a little up and coming area in Monterey County that’s attracting those looking for an authentic wine tasting experience. Monterey County was voted one of the top five worldwide wine destinations by the Wine Enthusiast! As if just strolling the streets and window shopping isn’t enough to fill your day, the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea is the…

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