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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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Q&A with Wine Maven and Author, Lisa Mattson

From drinking Boone’s Farm to sipping a glass of rosé in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, Lisa Mattson has seen — and drank — a bottle or two of everything in the wine industry. Born in southeast Kansas, she ventured to Florida to break out from small town life, to that of sunshine and ocean waves. Fast forward forty-three states, twenty countries, countless road bumps and a handful of dating disasters, Mattson now serves as Director of Marketing and Communication for Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Prior to her career in wine marketing and public relations, Mattson was a news editor at Wine News magazine, and after that, she took a stab at winery event planning in California.

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El Celler de Can Roca, World’s Best Restaurant 2013: World Tour Tasting Dinner in Dallas

Most sophisticated restaurants attempt to entice the palate by way of culinary precision and indelible artistry. Then there are those that demonstrate the full embodiment of a culture; a family, a multi-generational dedication to a craft who embrace external influences, but are primarily motivated by what is immediately available within one’s local community, further encouraged […]

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