Rogue River near Red Lily Winery
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Going Rogue – Oregon’s Other Wine Country. The Wineries.

We got our flight and sat down at the lovely deck overlooking the scenery. Come to think of it, “The Scenery” seemed to be something that became part of everything that I did up there.

Oregon Leaves
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Going Rogue – Oregon’s Other Wine Country. Part 1- Arrival

Ashland is about 15 miles from the California border; it’s apparently where old hippies (and young ones) go to escape the rat race.

PVW 1  - 2a
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A Day in Pahrump: My Visit to PVW

I came away with a new appreciation and excitement for the possibilities in Nevada. To be clear, we will never, ever be another California. It’s not because we don’t have the ability or the climate, but when over 80% of the state is in federal hands, that puts huge limitations on acreage alone.

Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir
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2010 Jalama-Cargasacchi Pinot Noir – Jewelry in a Glass

Like many of the other wineries in the Ghetto, his vineyards are located in what can arguably be termed the middle of nowhere.

The Day Job

Bottle Shock – Not the Movie!

I spent a lot of days doing little at home other than vegging on my recliner, drinking copious amounts of water (we had an incredible heat wave and I touched little other than water and juice), and watching TV. The good life.


Scandal (the show), Olivia, and Me

Someone told me that the main protagonist and central character of the ABC series Scandal reminded her of me. “You have to watch it,” she said. “She’s almost exactly like you, except younger, prettier, and really talented.”

Donati sign
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The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

I met with Mitch Bakich, a handlebar-mustachioed young man who is the Managing Evangelist of Donati. I was able to taste through all of their available wines and despite the screaming shrieks and agonized protests of the Budget™, walked out with at least half a case.

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An Evening at Jaleo

So what do you do when you’ve had the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurants in Vegas and do a review, but you’re with your main squeeze?

You punt.

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.

Cork oak trunk section
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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.

Boxes of local wines
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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.

View from Ridge Winery

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.