Touring Oregon wine country: The hillsides of the Willamette Valley that are home to the some of the country’s best pinot noir.
This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. In the 18 months that I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon has emerged as one of my favorite states. It’s not just the food trucks of Portland, or the brewpub culture, or the beauty of the Columbia Gorge. It just seems that every time [...]
Wine Country travel: Checking out the art in Napa Valley, in preparation for the Arts in April program.
This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. I’ve written about Napa in the past, but while I’ve enjoyed visiting the area’s wineries, spas and luxury bed and breakfasts, I never experienced the incredible art collections that you can find in the valley until this year. This month, the Napa Valley Arts in [...]
Winery hopping in Mendoza, part II: Visiting the Bodega Catena Zapata Winery
A Mayan pyramid in the middle of Argentina? Huh? That’s the first sign you have that Bodega Catena Zapata winery sees itself a little differently than the other Mendoza wineries. Luckily when you turn around, you get a sweeping view of the Andes….and the vast holdings of the Catena family. The winery, started by [...]
Winery hopping in Mendoza, Argentina, part I: visiting Familia Zuccardi with lunch at its restaurant, Casa del Visitante
The highlight of any trip to Mendoza is leaving the city and heading out of town to the wineries. When you see the fields of grape vines up against the Andes, you realize that this is why you came all this way. The province of Mendoza has more than 1,000 wineries and produces 70% of [...]