Oliver: Canada’s Wine Capital

What I love about Oliver is that it feels a lot like our former hometown of Forestville, California. It’s why my husband Bill and I invested in a rental property there and have a reason to drive 4.5 hours from Vancouver to visit.

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Wine by Wertzberger: Grape Whisperer of Sonoma County

The day I tasted Bill Wertzberger’s breakout wine, the velvety 2005 Monson Vineyard Merlot, I knew he was on his way to becoming one of Sonoma County’s next big garagistes.

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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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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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