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Fortunes of Fort Ross-Seaview

I have traveled to the Fort Ross-Seaview area for over a decade. Each time, one thought popped into my mind: I can’t believe more people haven’t discovered this rustic, rugged, raw spot. However, this secluded region is now gaining exposure. After a decade, the government has approved the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area. The viticultural history of the area dates back to 1817, when Russian settlers planted the first vines and constructed a garrison, which gave Fort Ross its name.…

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To Kalon at Twilight – Macdonald Magic

Imagine owning a part of the most historic vineyard in the country. Imagine constantly being approached with generous offers to buy your land. Imagine growing grapes next to prominent, cult wine producers. What choices would you make? This is a story of the Macdonald brothers. It’s a story of perseverance, dedication, and a deep-seated set of beliefs that charted a course to greatness. Alex (right) and Graeme (left) Macdonald MACDONALD Vineyards‘ first wine release was launched without fanfare in 2010.…

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A Room with a View – Mandarin Magic

“I like to escape to hotels.” – David Boreanaz In the heart of Financial District of my beautiful City by the Bay, there is a magical oasis of calm and casual luxury. I had a good fortune to recently stay at the elegant Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, and it was a somewhat unexpected experience. Admittedly, given its reputation for luxury and grandeur, I anticipated a formal, stately ambiance. Instead, I experienced quite the opposite. The property offered the warm, charming,…

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From Paris To Paso – The Daou Passion

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker There is a new vibe in Paso. California’s largest appellation is experiencing a revolution of sorts, a movement led by a small group of vintners who have formed the Paso Robles Cab Collective (PRCC). The PRCC’s mission is to promote the Paso Robles AVA as a leading region for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. Their vision statement is: “The Paso Robles CAB Collective is a grass-roots organization which…

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Top 10 Wineries of Russian River Valley

A mere hour away from San Francisco, there is a treasure trove of wine goodness known as the Russian River Valley (RRV). It received its AVA (American Viticultural Area) status in 1983. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, it accounts for roughly one sixth of its total planted acreage. It is widely regarded as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country; varieties that thrive in the areas cool, Pacific Ocean-influenced climate. However varietals, such as Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer, Petite Syrah, Cabernet…

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Four Cs of Cayman Cookout

Every January, culinary elites descend upon the Cayman Island’s fanciest, five diamond hotel, The Ritz Carlton, to attend the Cayman Cookout.  This year, I was honored to be invited to cover the event. January 15th couldn’t come soon enough. As my plane descended at Grand Cayman Airport, my heart pounded with excitement, in anticipation of treasures to be uncovered on this long-awaited trip. The three Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory. Its major island, Grand Cayman, is a twenty-mile…

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