Travel Beyond Texas at Tillie’s Restaurant

I was invited to this dinner as press but no other compensation was provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos are mine unless otherwise noted. A short distance off 290, past the town of Dripping Springs, you’ll find one of the state’s premier wedding venues. But the inspiration for the venue came from much […]

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The Fruits of their Labor-2018 Harvest-Part 1 #TXTuesday

It is a culmination of the year’s efforts. It is letting out a sigh of relief that the fruit has weathered the climatic challenges. It is digging in deep, finding the stamina needed in the coming days, weeks. It is harvest. While many fields have been picked, others are still swarming with laborers. Each day, […]

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Hills and Valleys-Pt. 4-Vista Hills Vineyard

{This is part 4 in a series of our visit to the Willamette Valley last summer.} It can be challenging to visit wineries with a big group. It can be challenging to visit with children. It can be challenging to visit with aging parents (mine, at least.) So, what to do when you check all […]

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Hills and Valleys-Part 3-ROCO Winery

This series covers highlights from my visit to the Willamette Valley last summer. See the previous posts for travel tips and tastings. My first educational introduction to Willamette Valley wines came when Rollin Soles held a tasting at the Red Room in Austin. He poured a few Pinot Noir to compare and share about the […]

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Hills and Valleys-Part 2-Willamette Valley

{This is part two in a series documenting our trip to the Willamette Valley last year. The previous post highlights the coast and McMinnville, Elizabeth Chambers.} The house we rented was located in Sherwood, an immaculate equestrian property fully stocked for a large group and entertaining. When we arrived in early August of 2017, the […]

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Hills and Valleys-Oregon-Part 1

We gathered in the golden hills to celebrate a golden anniversary. Fifty years of commitment and compromise. Fifty years of trials and triumphs. Fifty years of  love. We chose the Willamette Valley because we wanted a place with beautiful views, temperate climate, and a comfortable home to gather. After my experience at Pinot in the […]

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Albariño Shines in Summer-#AccessAlbariño

What do you seek in a white wine? Do you crave acidity or creaminess? Tropical or stone fruits? Aromatics? Salinity? Do you want a little weight to your wine or do you like to keep it light? What if you could find all of these qualities in one region, in one grape? I recently participated […]

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Poring over the Wines of Portugal-Alentejo

{These wines were provided as media samples. No other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? A typical party question which allows you to ascertain a great deal from the answer. For those posing the question, the answer provides insight. How adventurous […]

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A Perfect Day for Rosé-Texas Wine Revolution

{Media passes were provided, but no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.} Temperatures hovering around 80 with just enough of a breeze. Texas tunes and plates. Cerulean blue in the sky, an array of pink in my glass. Is there a better way to spend a day? As the Texas Wine industry continues […]

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