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[New Blog Post] Featuring my review of an iconic Napa Valley winery - Heitz Wine Cellars for the American Winery Guide
My wife and I do more than our fair share of wine tasting.  We’ve hit all the major wine regions in California (and a few minor ones too;-), along with some tasting in Oregon, Spain and Champagne.
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If you're in the DC/Baltimore area, Maryland's Great Frogs Winery is definitely worth a visit! 
 
Located three miles south of Annapolis, Maryland, Great Frogs provides a wonderful opportunity for Annapolis residents and tourists to experience Maryland wine country. It is also one of a dozen or so Maryland wineries that Washington DC residents can get to in less than an hour. The vineyard and winery are managed by the young and energetic team of Nathanael and Andrea O'Shea and their vineyard dogs, led by Finn McCool. 
http://www.americanwineryguide.com/winery_reviews/great-frogs/704/
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Driving up to +PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS is quite simply breathtaking. Without a doubt, the striking structure is one of the most beautiful wineries in Oregon, America, and possibly the world. Clean lines, bright, open spaces and vaulted ceilings are all part of a world class winemaking operation.

http://www.americanwineryguide.com/winery_reviews/penner-ash-wine-cellar/689/
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Nice profile of a great wine writer!
This former high schoolteacher left academia in 2010 to start a career in wine writing. Now he uses his English degree to sing the praises of Sicily's nero d'avola and other fine wines.
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If you haven't yet come across images with embedded content, see what the buzz is about by checking out a couple wine-related examples in our new blog post.
Your Winery Photo is Beautiful, and Boring. As images have become increasingly important, especially on social networks such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, marketers have been looking for new methods to leverage their visual content. One of the newer, image-related technologies involves ...
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Although Superior Estates is a bit of a jaunt from both major metro areas in Nebraska (three hours from Omaha, just over two hours from Lincoln), it is worth the trip. You will be greeted by a friendly staff or even Dominic himself to guide you through your tasting. The already impressive property is currently undergoing a renovation outside to add a water feature near the patio that will only serve to make Superior Estates into even more of a relaxing oasis and destination. While there are many great Nebraska wineries, Superior Estates stands out among not only Midwestern wineries, but those found in world renowned locations across the United States, and we strongly recommend a visit.
http://www.americanwineryguide.com/winery_reviews/superior-estates-winery/705/

Additional Nebraska winery reviews at 
http://www.americanwineryguide.com/regions/nebraska/
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Stepping into the Washington's Mark Ryan Winery tasting room in Woodinville's Tourist District is like stepping into a teenage boy's dream garage - a popular teenage boy with a budget for fun.....If you like music, motorcycles, and wine you have found a kindred spirit. 
http://www.americanwineryguide.com/winery_reviews/mark-ryan-winery/691/
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Great sledding day!
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​Just like fruitcake, you can never have enough top ten lists, especially at the transition from one year to the next.  Here’s my list of the top ten things I've learned bootstrapping a wine and travel website while working full time and trying to raise two children, fight off the middle-age bulge, be active in the community, and convince my wife that maintaining the site "won't take that much time."

10. Audiobooks are a fabulous way to maintain sanity while sitting in traffic.

9. My African shirt greatly amuses my friends (don’t worry Zee, I’ll wear it anyway)!

8. Working from home when the family is awake is a recipe for failure (for everyone).

7. Maintaining a profitless website is not the same thing as running a non-profit business...sorry honey.

6. Despite previous contrary reporting, my wife is incredibly patient and forgiving!

5. Most people click on website ads as often as I do (almost never).

4. I should have taken more writing classes in college.

3. Data entry is terribly boring without a glass of wine.

2. Sitting behind a computer for ten hours a day while working every ten days results in the need for bigger pants.

1. Too much wine “research” results in a thin wallet….and the need for bigger pants.  

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!
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This weekend we crossed the Potomac for yet another wine adventure and had a blast!
Pulling up to White's Ferry About an hour's drive from the Baltimore area you can cross the Potomac river on Maryland's last operational line pulled Ferry - White's Ferry. I learned of the ferry by word of mouth and decided t...
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The best of both worlds at Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyards.  Napa sophistication with a casual and relaxed Sonoma vibe.
Joseph Phelps - Freestone Vineyards Review. Reviewed by Martin D. Redmond on August 14, 2013. My wife and I do more than our fair share of wine tasting. More often than not, especially when visiting wine country, we plan to visit at least a few wineries. However, we it find equally satisfying ...
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Wine enthusiast & founder of AmericanWineryGuide.com, father, tech geek, home remodeler & runner....when I’m not staring at a computer.

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