Wine

Tasty Whites, Wine

Grüner Veltliner: Austria’s wine jewel

Never heard of Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grooner Velt-leener)? Neither had I until last year when a dear friend of mine in NYC recommended I try it as an exotic alternative to dry Riesling or Sauv Blanc. I’m so glad she did because it has quickly become one of my favorite white wines – when I can find it.

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Life/My Shenanigans, Travel/Wanderlust, Tuscany, Vineyards & Wineries, Wine Tasting & How To's

Our wine tour in Tuscany: Chianti Classico

So after 10 months of sitting on photos and trying to make the time to write this, I am FINALLY going to write about our wine tasting tour in Tuscany. While it was only a day long and it seems like it should be easy to blog, I really wanted to do this justice. I also knew it was going to make me terribly nostalgic and wishing I was still in Italy. Ohhhhhh the aching pain to be back there!

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Napa & Sonoma, Vineyards & Wineries, Wine

Markham Vineyards | St. Helena, CA

Markham is by far one of our favorite wine producers so we were SO EXCITED to go to their facility for the first time. The tasting room is cool and contemporary with a beautiful koi pond outside. They also happened to have a photography display of Rolling Stone covers taken by famed photographer, Baron Wolman. As two photographers, we were certainly in heaven tasting wine and looking at the gallery display.

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Napa & Sonoma, Vineyards & Wineries, Wine

Castello di Amorosa: The castle of love and wine in Calistoga, CA

Boasting 107 rooms covering 121,000 square feet on 170 acres, this castle makes it impossible to get bored. It even has a moat, drawbridge, great hall, chapel and torture chambers (rest assured nobody has actually been held or tortured.) The castle officially opened it’s doors in 2007 and has been flooded with mystified visitors ever since.

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Aperitivos & Wine Cocktails, Tasty Bubbles, Wine

Champagne Mojitos

I have to admit that my original mix for this went awry when I couldn’t find lime sorbet. Can you believe it? NOBODY sells it in my area. Not even Whole Foods and they sell all the hard-to-find things (AKA “weird stuff”)! The original plan was to have a Champagne Mojito Float. But as life sometimes teaches us, the best detours are always the unexpected ones. 🙂

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