Texas Hill Country

This past September I took a trip to Texas where I visited the Hill Country, which is located in central Texas in between Austin and San Antonio heading west.  The Texas Hill Country consists of 25 counties, which is rich in history and natural wonders.  The topography is gentle rolling hills with … [Read more...]

Regale Winery

Like most of you, I love to go wine tasting with my husband and friends.  Over the years I have tasted in many of California's wine regions and have enjoyed their numerous appellations.  But Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and El Dorado are a good distance from my home, which take a planned weekend. … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 2

Each year during the Giovanzana family annual trip to the Paso Robles valley, we join our friends who live there, for a fun filled day of wine tasting.  We drive along beautiful country roads,  that lead us to an assortment of unique and charming wineries.  In an area that boasts more than 200 … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 1

Annually, the Giovanzana family visits the Paso Robles area on Labor Day weekend.  My husband’s family (four generations now) has been visiting old friends (three generations now) for over 50 years! Our three-day weekend is filled with all kinds of ranch fun, great BBQ, wine tasting, and lots of … [Read more...]

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

I went somewhere new this year for 4th of July!  Usually we go to Lake Tahoe with our son and enjoy all the festivities that wonderful location has to offer for that very special day of year.  This year my son went on an immersion trip out of the country, which left my husband and I asking ourselves … [Read more...]

Sunset’s SAVOR The Central Coast Event

  I am a devotee of Sunset Magazine!  I, along with my mother and grandmother, have subscribed to the magazine for my entire adult life.  I have attended their Celebration Weekends in Menlo Park, which feature all things wonderful in food, garden, and travel.  They are always an … [Read more...]

The Artistry of Chef and Gardener at Wente Vineyards

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to take a day to ourselves and head to Livermore valley to go wine tasting.  It had been a long time since we had visited the Livermore valley and had heard about a few new wineries that we wanted to visit as well as a few old favorites.  We had called … [Read more...]

Santa Ynez Valley

Visiting Santa Ynez valley has been on my “To Do List” for quite some time now.  I have wine tasted in many wine regions from northern to central California but I have not ventured further south than the fantastic Paso Robles wine region, which I visit annually.  Finally I can say I have been to … [Read more...]

Barrel Wine Tasting in Sonoma

Barrel Wine Tasting in the Sonoma Wine Country    First 3-day weekend March 1st - 3rd, 2013 This past week my husband and I attended Sonoma County's  35th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting.  We enjoyed this event with five other couples who attend this event every year.  We were the "Newbies," but we … [Read more...]