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6 February, 2017

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour

The Oakland Urban Wine Tour
Posted in : Bars in Oakland, CA, Beer, Wine, Sake, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Red Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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Obligatory Disclaimer: Participation in the Oakland Urban Wine Tour was free to me. A year and a half ago, I discovered the plethora of urban wineries housed in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Inspired by the quality of the wines and convenient positioning of their locations, I wrote up a suggested wine walk for Localwise. Apparently,
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30 January, 2017

I’m a Local Guide on Stay.Com!

I’m a Local Guide on Stay.Com!
Posted in : Announcements, Dining in Oakland, CA, Restaurants, Travel Guide for Oakland on by : The Gourmez
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Stay.Com is a mobile travel guide with a beautiful interface that I’m thrilled to be featured on! That fancy new badge you see on the right side of the screen, or bottom of the screen if you’re on your phone, announces me as a Stay.Com local expert. The company recruits culinary professionals and new media
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29 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area
Posted in : Beer, Wine, Sake, Dessert Wine, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Travel, Travel Guide for Prosser, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I don’t know a lot about Washington wine. I’m aware Yakima Valley is a wine destination, because my mother lives in little Tieton to the north of Yakima itself. But my family doesn’t drink, so I’ve only gone tasting out there once. As much as I know I need to visit more wineries local to
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19 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Prosser Wine Part 1: The Allure of Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Prosser, Beer, Wine, Sake, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Travel, WA, WA, White Wine on by : The Gourmez
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I’ve been keeping a secret. Or rather, I’ve been too busy before now to share with you the fun, down-to-earth, yet fully ready for your enjoyment wine country based in and around Prosser, WA. In October, I took part in a media trip covering the area, and boy, did we hit up as much as
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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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21 January, 2016

Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona’s Parc de la Ciutadella
Comments : 1 Posted in : Travel, Travel Guide for Barcelona, Spain on by : The Gourmez
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In a city as large as Barcelona, four days is never long enough to explore. On our last full day, I decided a walk to the Parc de la Ciutadella would be a lovely way to see a less crowded, greener area of the city. And getting there meant taking a greenway past the Arc
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18 January, 2016

Gastown + Olympic Cauldron Waterfront Park

Gastown + Olympic Cauldron Waterfront Park
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Vancouver - Canada, Dining in Vancouver, Canada, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Vancouver, Canada on by : The Gourmez
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In this post, we’ll take our last Vancouver walk together — this time with plenty of food and drink to make up for all of those burned calories at Stanley Park! My sojourn in Vancouver was made easier by having my two nights’ stay comped by Nightswapping, a travel app and website that sets up
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15 January, 2016

Stanley Park

Stanley Park
Comments : 2 Posted in : Dining in Vancouver, Canada, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Vancouver, Canada on by : The Gourmez
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Time for the next installment in my Vancouver, Canada, series! This time, I won’t make you read through the whole post to get the code for a free night’s stay at a local’s place. That comes courtesy of Nightswapping, who comped my two nights in the city. The code is Gourmez-NS, which you can redeem
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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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