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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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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Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Road Trip

When I stopped for gas at Barstow, I opened up the glove box to see if there was a manual in there. Well there was. Unfortunately, it was on a CD, still nicely shrink-wrapped. What use was that?!?

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Tasting Notes: My Wine and My Muse

This would be fabulous with a weekend late evening summer dinner of salads, light meats, and other summer fare. It also pairs well with writing, because it’s what I’m drinking now as I sit at the keyboard.

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Torres Verdeo
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Today’s Tasting Note: 2013 Verdeo from Torres

Yum! Okay, let me elaborate. As you may have noticed, I’ve been reviewing quite a few white wines (for me) this summer.

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Baby Zin Grapes
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2014 Wine Bloggers Conference – Paso Robles Excursion Day 2

As an aside, the winemakers seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude since the ultimate proof of the harm – or not – of the ongoing drought will be in the quality of the wines.

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Sunset Silhouette at Daou
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2014 Wine Bloggers Conference – Paso Robles Excursion

My Pentax DSLR’s meeting the concrete a little too up close and personal last year was, let’s just say, not good for its picture-taking health.

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Speed Blogging Red3
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Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 – Speed Blogging 2

This is “as is” with no corrections, and once again, I apologize for any typos and any gibberish.

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Paso Pinks
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Paso + WBC14 + Santa Barbara = Exhausted!

About 350 of my closest blogger friends and I decided that we couldn’t live without spending a week in perfect weather!

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Winery Barrel Room
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101 Best Wineries in America

Thanks to Tim for hooking me up about information on The Daily Meal’s list of 101 top wineries in the United States. Wow! While it’s no surprise that California took the lion’s share of the top ten wines, there are many that appear on the list that are completely unexpected. Wine is made in all 50 states. Obviously, some states don’t grow their own grapes, i.e., Alaska, because of climate issues. They’re either too cold or too hot. The weather simply won’t allow it! That being said, wineries will either make wine out of fruits other than grapes, or they will import …

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Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara
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My First WBC* – Coming Soon!

It’s still about a month and a half away, and that makes me feel like a child waiting for Santa. Oh. Wait…

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Paso Vineyard Hammersky
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California Wine Appellation Specialist – So What?

“It’s California,” I said to myself. “How hard could it be?” It was pretty damn challenging as it turned out. “This was a walk in the park,” said no CWAS student. Ever.

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