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Exploring Northern Sonoma – Russian River and Dry Creek

Wednesday, February 24th, I left Chicago and the approaching snow storm for sunny warm Sonoma, California. What a glorious feeling upon arrival- bright sunshine, temperatures in the low 70’s.  I decided to take advantage of my free Thursday, before the Boisset … Continue reading

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Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin

“Sweetest Day…what to do with my amazing husband?  Road trip! We decided to head north to Wisconsin, to Devil’s Lake State Park, to get in some hiking, take advantage of the glorious weather and revel in Mother Nature’s changing colors. Awesome, breathtaking, beautiful, … Continue reading

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A Day in Dublin, Ireland

This two week trip passed so quickly.  When I made my plane reservation, many months ago, I decided to take advantage of a 25 hour layover so I could pass some time in Dublin.  I am so happy I did!  … Continue reading

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San Sebastian, Spain and St. Jean de Luz, France

Being so close to the border between France and Spain called for a quick day trip to two enchanting towns- San Sebastian, Spain and St. Jean de Luz, France.  My guide Ana, told me we had to go to San … Continue reading

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Château Prieuré Lichine -Margaux Appellation, Bordeaux

The last château I visited was Prieuré Lichine. What a beautiful winery! Château Prieuré-Lichine is a Great Classified Growth located in the heart of Margaux appellation (Bordeaux area, France). With 173 acres of vineyards, the Château is produces three red wines … Continue reading

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La Jonchée…What is this Unique Specialty from the Saintonge?

La Jonchée– is a culinary specialty of Saintonge, north of the Charente- Maritime and south of Deux-Sèvres. (It is also made on Ile d’Oléron and near Rochefort.) A delicacy during the Middle Ages, la jonchée is a rare find today.  … Continue reading

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Beau-Séjour Bécot- Premier Grand Cru Classé – Saint Emilion

My last scheduled château visit was to Beau-Séjour Bécot located just outside the town of Saint- Emilion.  This estate has been making wine since the Gallo-Roman period!  “Beau-Séjour” means “lovely stay” and was named back in 1787 by Gen. Jacques … Continue reading

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Bordeaux’s Smallest Appellation- POMEROL

Of Bordeaux’s major wines, Pomerol is the smallest appellation with just 800 hectares of vines. Pomerol is located to the northeast of the town of Libourne. Merlot, the “king” varietal here, thrives in the gravelly clay soil.  Cabernet Franc, the next … Continue reading

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Picturesque Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

After a week of on and off rainy days, we took advantage of this glorious, Sunday sunshine and headed to the family’s summer home in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne. What a beautiful day it was! Saint Georges is a quaint little town. It is charming, … Continue reading

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Blaye- Its Citadelle, Wines, and “Le Bac”

Le Bac de Blaye- a ferry that transports visitors and workers across the Gironde- saved me so much time during my visits to the Grand Cru châteaux located on the left bank- Margaux, Pauillac, and St. Estèphe.  I was able … Continue reading

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