Blue Watery Winery Sprouts Michigan’s Newest Wine Country

On a recent trip to Michigan I finally had the chance to visit Blue Water Winery near Lexington, on the shores of Lake Huron.

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Hot Wine Tasting at Monticello

As we stepped off the buses and onto the grounds of Monticello, it was so hot they were grilling crab cakes on the garden walls.

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Tasting Virginia 4 – Barrel Oak Winery

Barrel Oak Winery is not hard to find. Driving west on Hwy 55, just past Marshall, Virginia, look to your right and when you see the dogs, you’re there. Barrel Oak Winery loves dogs so much, the acronym of their name is B.O.W., as in bow-wow.

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Tasting Virginia 3 – Chrysalis Vineyards

On the drive between La Grange and Chrysalis, after gazing over the 6,000th meadow of bluegrass and horses, I finally said to Tara, “If there are so many wineries here, where are the vineyards?”

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Tasting Virginia 2 – The Winery at La Grange

On our way to the Winery at La Grange, we headed west on General Lee Highway, took a wrong turn in the middle of Manassas Battlefield Park and found ourselves charging halfway through Bull Run. By the time we’d redirected ourselves toward the village of Haymarket, I felt like I’d lived through the beginning of the Civil War.

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Wines of Sonoma in the City of Vancouver

Sonoma County wine makers return to Vancouver on October 18 to pour some of their best wines before taking their Sonoma in the City tour to Ottawa and Toronto.

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VQA’s 20th Anniversary of BC Wine

Cool rain did nothing to dampen warm, cozy sentiments at the BC VQA’s 20th Anniversary wine tasting last week at the Vancouver Convention Center. The event featured pioneers of BC wine who forged a new industry out of the orchards, and who brought old vintages from their wine cellars.

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Trio Runs Riot in Walla Walla Wine Country

In this age of wine as a second profession, you just never know when you’ll flip through a magazine and discover an old friend who has started a winery. It was in a 2008 Seattle wine magazine that I learned how Denise Slattery, my San Francisco neighbor circa 1987, is a now winemaker in Walla Walla. She collaborates with husband Steve Michener as well as Tim Boushey, and they are called Trio Vintners.

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