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Conversation with Claudia – A Wine Tasting Dinner at Aria Tuscan Grill

I was sitting at my computer staring blankly at an empty white screen trying to think of the perfect blog post to summarize our week long culinary tour of Tuscany.  I flipped through pages of my journal, browsed the hundreds of photos we snapped, and wrote a somewhat decent but brief introduction before getting stuck.  The synapses of my brain just weren’t connecting the gluttonous wine and food filled adventure to a…

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Wine

Napa Valley Home Wine Tasting

The nose was soft with scents I hadn’t quite picked up before.  There was floral, definitely, and even some honey and citrus.  I swirled the glass again and took another whiff.  Earth.  But not dank, musty earth.  A fresh earth.  Like a clean sea breeze blowing through an open hotel balcony overlooking the ocean.  Or maybe the scent of dyer sheets like “fresh linen” meets “outdoor fresh”.  Yes!  That’s it.  One more…

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Travel, United States, Wine

North Carolina Muscadine Wine Trail – Treehouse, Dennis, and Rocky River

It started with a comment, a persistent friend, and a Groupon, and resulted in a day touring wineries specializing in Muscadine grapes.  Yep.  You heard me.  Muscadine wine.  I do live in the South ya’ll.  What it didn’t end in (thankfully) was a massive headache (or hangover) from the sugar in the sweet wines. The Comment from The Wandering G – “I’d like to try a Muscadine wine.  I love all things…

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Europe, Travel, Wine

We Drink Wine Spritzers – Don’t Judge

Weinorgal.  A sultry wine bar located off a local side street not far from the heartbeat of Vienna.  But don’t go thinking this is posh joint with leather chairs and fancy artwork.  It’s the kind of place only locals know about.  Where the floors are a strew with sawdust and peanuts.  A haze of smoke loomed under the curved white brick archways of the low hanging ceilings in what was once the…

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Travel, United States, Wine

A February Afternoon at the Vineyards

There’s not much better than waking up on a Saturday morning in February to a forecast of seventy degrees and sunny, especially when it is also wine club member pick-up day at Raffaldini, our favorite North Carolina winery.  But enough about Raffaldini, I have already boasted about their product in a previous blog.  All I can say is if you live in North Caroling or find yourself heading North or South on…

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Travel, United States, Wine

The Wine Trail – Hillside Winery

Dammit.  I was tricked again.  I hate it when it happens.  I stumble across a local winery and have to stop and sample the goods.  It’s a personal quest, really, to find domestic wines outside of the West Coast that are worth drinking.  I have found a good many on my adventures but at times I stumble across a winery that focuses more on the sweat tea and Mountain Dew crowd than…

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Travel, United States, Wine

North Carolina Wine Trail – Buck Shoals, Raffaldini, McRitchie, and Grassy Creek

California be warned.  You aren’t going to control the market on US wine-making forever.  No, sir.  Washington and Oregon have already shown themselves as formidable contributors with North Carolina and perhaps even Virginia right behind. Sure, go ahead and gaff while you’re swirling your Riedel with a spit bucket at your side.  “Haha, all those rednecks know how to produce is moonshine and muscadine wine.  What do they know about fine wines?” …

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