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Make the First Vacation with Your Partner a Success

Make the First Vacation with Your Partner a Success
One of the best ways to get to know someone is to travel together. Travel can really bring out the best—and the worst—in someone, since it involves planning, organization, stress, discomfort, budgeting, having fun and gaining new experiences.

Why You Need To Experience A Sommelier-Guided Wine Tasting At Least Once In Your Life

Sommelier-Guided Wine Tasting
Wine tasting is a sensory experience that tantalizes your taste buds and engages your sense of smell. As the primary, secondary, and tertiary flavors dance on your tongue, the aromas of aged wine waft around you. A sommelier-guided wine tasting is more than sniffing the wine, swirling it, and taking a sip. It’s an intricate art form that doesn’t just come to anyone; there are various levels of certification to perfect.

Mother’s Day Wine Country Weekend — better than brunch

Mothers Day Brunch in Wine Country
Still wondering what to do for Mother’s Day? If you want to make Mom feel special, there’s still time to plan a Mother’s Day wine country weekend. Get away from the people-packed city and experience the slower pace of Sonoma and Napa where springtime is in full bloom.  Mother’s Day in wine country This is the year to surprise the mother in your life with a wine country getaway. Chances …

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Sommelier — much more than a wine steward

Sommelier
Wine geeks share a language of their own. What exactly does it mean when a wine expert describes a wine as crunchy, chunky, or chewy? Okay, you know what chewy means, but … chewy wine? Instead of trying to decipher the qualities of a wine that is muscular or tight, leave it to the sommelier. What is a sommelier? Dictionaries describe a sommelier (pronounced suh MUL yay) as a wine steward, but the job …

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Cook Up Some Fun — Wine Country Cooking Classes

Cooking Class in Wine Country
Last month family members gathered from across the state to celebrate my mother’s 80thbirthday. We decided early on to rent a vacation homein Sonoma/Napa Wine Country. But what to do on her special day with a group of people aged 20 through 80 with interests as diverse as skydiving and crocheting? We landed on the idea of a cooking class. The epicurean adventure turned out to be ideal— a way to …

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Romantic Ideas — 3 free ways to show your love

Show love to your valentine with a Wine Country vacation.
You don’t have to let the calendar tell you when it’s time to express your feelings to the one you love. Valentine’s Day is a fine time to do something special, don’t get me wrong, but so is every other day of the year. Gestures that say “I love you,” when unexpected, may be even more meaningful. And you don’t have to spend a boatload of money. The value is …

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Sonoma Barrel Tasting 2019 — enjoy a wine tasting adventure!

Barrels of wine
Don’t miss Wine Road’s 2019 Barrel Tasting event in Sonoma County. This is your chance to sample wines from the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. But this isn’t like your typical wine tasting experience. Barrel tasting happens only once a year Each spring, the grapes that were harvested the prior year, usually late summer through fall, are ready for sampling. Winemakers regularly taste test their barrels during the …

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Don’t Miss This Gastronomical Adventure — plan now for Sonoma County’s restaurant week

Every year in early March, restaurants in Sonoma County invite you to join in a culinary experience, one you don’t want to miss. So mark your calendars and book your vacation home rental now for the 10th Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week, March 2 — March 10, 2019. More than 120 eateries will be participating this year, from Petaluma to Geyserville. Savvy food lovers know to take advantage of this …

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Wine Country Farm-to-Table Dining — fresh, flavorful, friendly

Farm-to-Table Dining
What is farm-to-table dining? Farm-to-table dining is a food movement that emphasizes the connection between restaurants and local farmers. It’s about fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. This relatively new trend toward fresher ingredients has taken off only within the past 15 years. But think back to Berkeley in the early 1970s, and you may recall the opening of one of the first farm-to-table restaurants, Chez Panisse. Why does farm-to-table matter? …

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