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What To Drink Now: Top 5 Reasons to Visit Napa Valley

Though harvest wrapped slightly earlier than normal this year, it is still the ideal time to visit one of the best wine regions in the world. I had a chance to visit earlier this month, enjoying several must do experiences as a guest of the wineries I visited.

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Wine 101: Learning the Wines of the Loire Valley in France

The Loire Valley region is known as the “Garden of France” thanks to an abundance of vineyards, orchards, and fields of growing grains and vegetables. It stretches almost 185 miles long and runs down the Loire River through historic cities such as Amboise, Angers, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. Hayley Hamilton takes us on a trip through the Loire and discusses some of the most approachable, easy drinking wines in the world.

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8 Cheap Eats in Maui

You’re spending a life-saving’s worth of money on a crazy-expensive trip to Hawaii, and the hotel/resort is baller. Absolutely amazing. You’ve got a beach view, martinis with a hand wave, and infinity pools so clean, you could drink the water. Now, eating is a different story. In Maui—should you choose to visit this island of dreams—the food is fantastic and the prices are even better. You can eat like a king for $15 or less with every meal. You just have to know where to go. Here’s where we come in.

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4 Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.

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What To Drink Now: Truffle Dinner in Spain with Gonzalez Byass (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we went on a black winter truffle hunt with wine company Gonzalez Byass in the northern part of Spain—specifically, the Somontano region—where I was traveling as their guest. After the hunt and a very hot shower in the medieval village of Alquezar, we set off for our truffle feast prepared by chef Carmelo Bosque of the Michelin-starred Lillas Pastia.

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What to Drink Now: Truffle Hunt with Gonzalez Byass in Spain (part 1)

Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]

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What To Drink Now: Tasting and Toasting in Sonoma (Part 1)

Traveling over the winding roads of the Mark West passage from Napa Valley to Sonoma requires you to slow down a bit both physically and mentally. Sonoma is just a bit quieter than Napa; a bit more laid back, a bit more relaxing. Yes, the lavish château-like properties that dot Highway 29 have earned their adoration over years of making stunning wines from Napa Valley fruit, but the rustic wineries of Sonoma—some dating back 150 years—pride themselves on a slightly different, casual attitude than some of their friends over the mountain, while still producing stellar wines. I recently had a chance to visit with a few of these owners at their properties dotting Sonoma County, tasting with them as their guest. Here is the first of two installments, where I will uncover some undiscovered, very special wines.

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What To Drink Now: Willamette Valley

I recently made an unexpected trip to Portland, OR, and while there, took the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places just outside the city, Willamette Valley. Just in time for holiday planning I visited a few favorites and a new find, each making wine ideal for your Christmas dinner, especially if holiday ham, pork tenderloin, roast turkey or a “Feast of Seven Fishes” are on your menu. The wineries provided complimentary trade tastings.

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