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21 November, 2016

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country

Highlights of the Livermore Valley Wine Country
Comments : 2 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Port/Sherry Wines, Red Wine, Rose Wine, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez
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It’s been a few months since I visited the Livermore Valley Wine Country on a pre-excursion to the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), but my memory has not faded at the impressive wines being churned out by this little known region. With its close location to the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, it’s
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7 January, 2016

Granville Island

Granville Island
Comments : 1 Posted in : Dining in Vancouver, Canada, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Vancouver, Canada on by : The Gourmez
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Last month, I posted about the experience of using Nightswapping, a travel website and application, to make my first trip to Vancouver, Canada. This month, I’m blogging about my whirlwind tour of the city and giving you the chance to try Nightswapping with a code for a free night’s stay! Let’s start this series at
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2 November, 2015

A Sampling of the Perfect Watkins Glen and Eastern Seneca Lake Experience

A Sampling of the Perfect Watkins Glen and Eastern Seneca Lake Experience
Comments : 3 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, Red Wine, Travel, White Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 on by : The Gourmez
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The Mystery At the annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), one late afternoon/early evening is dedicated to an excursion out of the host hotel and into the wine region itself. Where we bloggers go is a mystery; each tour bus heads to a different location for a wine tasting and dinner, and just where we will
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10 September, 2015

The Hospitality of the Finger Lakes—and Other Reasons to Visit

The Hospitality of the Finger Lakes—and Other Reasons to Visit
Comments : 5 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Corning, Travel Guide for the Finger Lakes, Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 on by : The Gourmez
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Shh, don’t tell the fine folks who run the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), but some of us bloggers write about more than wine! Which is why it was exceptionally pleasant to attend this year—the folks at the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism and Marketing Association, Corning Enterprises, and the Elmira Corning Airport sure know how
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24 August, 2015

Barcelona Museums Worth Exploring

Barcelona Museums Worth Exploring
Comments : 3 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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  It’s been months since my last Barcelona post, and my apologies for taking so long to catch up! In this travelogue, I’ll take you to three of Barcelona’s less visited museums—and two of them aren’t even off the beaten track! But their subject matter, however… MIBA: Museum of Idea and Inventions of Barcelona (Carrer
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17 August, 2015

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square

Localwise Post: A Winery Walking Tour in Jack London Square
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Publication News, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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My second post for Localwise’s blog went up last week. This one draws a fair bit from my recent visits to urban wineries Urban Legend and Jeff Cohn Cellars, with fellow wine writer Peter Nowack of Bung R. Cooper. Knowing there were a few other urban wineries in easy walking distance of the Jack London
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10 April, 2015

Barcelona Beach Strolling

Barcelona Beach Strolling
Posted in : Dining in Barcelona, Spain, Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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It’s time for another addition to my Barcelona visitor’s guide! This one is focused on life at the beach…keeping in mind that we were there in winter, so it was less about sunbathing and more about catching nice views from the shelter of a restaurant. But with views this nice, who cares if you need
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11 March, 2015

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia
Comments : 7 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t often let my photos speak entirely for themselves on this blog, but other than for a few tourist tips, I’m going to let them do just that. Why? Because I can’t describe how beautiful it was to spend the day at La Sagrada Familia, the masterpiece basilica of Antonin Gaudi’s design that is
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20 January, 2015

Sutro Baths and Land’s End

Sutro Baths and Land’s End
Comments : 7 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for San Francisco, CA on by : The Gourmez
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On the western tip of San Francisco lies the abandoned Sutro Baths. It’s a popular—but not always populous—tourist destination that draws photographers from far and wide for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast. Along with nearby Land’s End, the Sutro Baths are part of the larger National Golden Gate Recreation Area. The Land’s End
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26 September, 2014

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!

Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Expansion!
Comments : 6 Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Events, Travel, Travel Guide for Lodi, CA on by : The Gourmez
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Oak Farm Vineyards Winery (23627 Devries Road) is on its way to becoming the first of its kind in the Lodi, CA, appellation: a family-owned estate that offers the full experience of a large-scale destination winery, minus the glitzy hotel and pretension. I took part in a media preview of their new expansion, which will
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