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A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)
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A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)

Editor’s note: The following article by Hilarie Larson is the IFWTWA 2013 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award winning entry, originally published in Wine Folly on July 8, 2013. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ by Hilarie Larson Want more confidence buying Burgundy wine? This simplified guide includes maps, infographics and the most important facts on the […]

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting a Grand Slam

To commemorate its tenth anniversary, this year’s San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival pulled out all the stops to create a memorable week-long event that that was the largest and tastiest yet. This venerable annual event has come of age, solidifying itself as one of the most highly anticipated […]

Windsor-Detroit Funnel: ”How are you Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole World’s Dry?”
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Windsor-Detroit Funnel: ”How are you Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole World’s Dry?”

Benny da Weasel clamored aboard our tour bus shouting, “Want whiskey? I’ll show you where you can get some.” Once he knew we weren’t going to turn him in to the authorities he relaxed and sang, “I’ll sell my shoes for a bottle of booze, nobody knows how dry I […]

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Saltbox Dining and Drinking: San Diego Snags Top Talent

Duly enhancing San Diego’s cool downtown scene is Saltbox, a gastro-lounge where dining, drinking, socializing and relaxing all converge for a multi-sensory respite. To kick things up a notch, the affable eatery, located lounge-level in the Hotel Palomar situated in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, recently appointed “culinary […]

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Donovan’s Steak & Chop House San Diego Holds True to Tradition

While San Diego is rife with great restaurants, with new and exciting dining venues opening their kitchens seemingly by the minute, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House remains a premier eatery for locals and tourists alike. Revered for its classic ambiance replete with rich mahogany appointments, statues, fine artwork, plush décor […]

Barging Through Italy
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Barging Through Italy

Traveling to Italy for the food and wine is a slam-dunk trip. Wherever you go, a menu of delicacies awaits amid thousands of years of history, culture and art. The country itself is a museum of western civilization, and like any fine museum, it can be overwhelming. That’s where a […]

A celebration of the senses during the Royal Street Stroll as part of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Ten Southern Festivals You Need to Taste

Food and wine festivals in the Southeast are hotter than a cast iron skillet full of corn bread. “We are witnessing a proliferation of festivals in the South and across the nation,” says John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, Mississippi. Of southern-specific festivals, white-hot Atlanta […]

Hotel Vintage Park, Seattle, nightly wine tasting
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Seattle Downtown Mini-Vacation

Seattle downtown is huge, but here is a hotel themed on Washington wines, a short walk to the Pike Place Market, near the 5th Avenue Theater, and other attractions. Other attractions include the short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island (see Mancation – A Man’s Vacation in Washington Wine Grunge ). […]

An allegorical composition on Costa Magica
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Spellbound by a Costa Magica Cruise

Magic enchants, fascinates and brings pleasure. Costa Magica delivered these emotions in Valencia, Cadiz, Lisbon and Casablanca. On their shores, winter’s dropping mercury vanished while my hubby photographer and I explored the cities’ alluring beauties. Valencia Soaring architectural masterpieces by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela invariably electrify in the City […]

Panoramic Tenerife
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Divine Yuletide Escapes in Spain, Morocco, the Canaries and Madeira

When the Arctic chill blew in, a Christmas cruise to Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Funchal and Malaga sounded warm, fuzzy and therapeutic. With sunny days, tropical fauna and flora and flamenco music dancing in our heads, my other half and I sailed on the new MSC Divina and looked toward a […]