The Mirage, Las Vegas
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The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

It doesn’t seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that’s dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

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Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

If the customer perceives the cork as being cheap (as in synthetic corks and screwcaps), then the perception will be that the wine is cheap, too.

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Largest Winery-ish

The largest winery in Paso Robles isn’t one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It’s not even a winery, at least not technically.

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View from Ridge Winery
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Steven Spurrier – Interview and Winery Tour

He single-handedly – along with the finest palates in France – brought California wine to the world’s consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

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Chardonnay Grapes Close Up
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I’ll See You In My Dreams – The Movie, Wine, Sam Elliott and Sex

Carol and her friends lived a golf course community lifestyle, and I already knew there’d be no Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay anywhere.

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2005 Hunt Cellars “Moonlight Sonata” Chardonnay – Reprise

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

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Front of the winery with a few fans hanging out
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Cypher Winery

When I slunk into work the next morning with two unyielding, risqué tattoos in full view, my coworkers at The Day Job™ asked, “Just exactly what were you doing in (insert air quotes here) Wine Country?!?”

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View on a Hill
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Just What *Is* Wine Country?

Which means that you will be forced to visit their wine countries in order to buy many of the wines. I’m good with that.

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Golan Heights Winery
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Cork Revisited – Wine Passions: A Cork Comeback

It bodes well for the resurgence of cork, particularly in light of serious environmental and climate concerns.

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Visiting the Wineries

And the lottery tickets didn’t help. Eight dollars in winnings don’t exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Day!

I had an embarrassingly large meal at the Brat Stop (where two insane people are the proprietors), but it helped me to continue to observe and photograph the event without having to worry about the drunken staggering factor.

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Panorama of Refugio Beach
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip, Part Deux

I’m especially happy that I had the presence of mind to stop at Refugio State Beach and take some footage and photos just days before the horrific and inexcusable oil spill.

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