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Kovas Palubinskas
Finding Adventure in my Backyard
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Southern Love
When Chile's Concha y Toro purchased vineyards in neighboring Argentina, they named their new venture Trivento, or Three Winds. The Polar (winter), Zonda (spring), and Sudestada (summer) provide ideal conditions for grape growing. Trivento takes those grape...

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Brothers in Wine
From Michel Chapoutier comes a collaborative wine, produced with Jasper Hill owner-vintner Ron Laughton of Victoria, Australia. This wine comes from a small, old-vine vineyard planted above the Agly Valley. Biodynamic winegrowing is enhanced with organic co...

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Rubio and Blanca
While I have nothing against wine being treated seriously, at the end of the day it can and should be a source of joy and at times, amusement. Enter Rubio and Blanco. Made by Renzo Masi (a family run company that has been making wine for three generations),...

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Casillero del Diablo Reserva Wines
Casillero del Diablo has one of our favorite go-to wines. The wines got their name when Don Melchor de Concha y Toro wanted to scare off those who might try to steal his wines - he started a rumor that a devil protected his cellar and a legend was born. The...

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Book Review - Vertical: Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail
Interestingly enough, I hadn't read Sideways , Rex Pickett's novel of wine lust, though I heartily enjoyed the movie. When I was offered a chance to review the sequel,  Vertical: Passion and Pinot on the Oregon Wine Trail , I realized it would make sense to...

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Lots of fun things to see and do in Northern Indiana!

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Elkhart, Indiana Road Trip
My son and I like to pick a destination and then build a weekend around it. Thus was the case that we found ourselves in Elkhart, Indiana, visiting the RV Museum and Hall of Fame and camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. On the way to the museum,...

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Wide River Winery, Clinton, Iowa
Opened in 2005,  Wide River Winery is located a bit out of the way, along some winding roads, and is well worth a visit, both for the wines as well as its outstanding location. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mississippi River, this facility includes t...

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Holiday Inn Express Le Claire Riverfront - Davenport Hotel Review
This past weekend, to celebrate Veteran's Day, we took an overnight road trip to Eastern Iowa. We visited the Iowa-80 Trucking Museum, Buffalo Bill Cody's Homestead, the Buffalo Bill Museum, and ended our trip by visiting my first Iowa winery, Wide River Wi...

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Iowa Road Trip
This past weekend, 2 of my sons and I planned a quick trip to Eastern Iowa, just to get a toe into the state - we haven't really explored much, even though we've driven through many times. With the long weekend, we knew we could go for Friday night and deci...
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