Having lived in Napa for nine years, and having been a wine lover for many years before that, I've done a fair share of wine tasting. I have yet to taste a flight where every wine was fabulous. Until last weekend.
New York may be a teeming metropolis of opportunities, but there are plenty of fun alternatives just a short bus ride away. Try one of these day trips to breathe in some fresh, country air and take a break from the bustle of the city.
The winemaker has a very special, if not spiritual connection to the land on which his vineyards grow; there is a constant struggle to maintain quality as well as a large economical commitment to produce the best quality grape.
Now, as an adult who is deeply interested in wine, especially Pinot Noirs, I find it ironic that one of my best-remembered historical facts connects to one of my favorite wine-growing areas -- the Willamette Valley.
This two-day trade and consumer's event brought together 200 wineries and nearly 50 restaurants in Seattle's unique CenturyLink Field Event Center. I couldn't resist this culinary and wine adventure and there I was ready to taste, indulge and review.
These days millionaires abound, mainly because of the highly inflated value of real estate in certain locales. But billionaires? Far and few between. Think it's not possible for a billionaire to go broke? Think again.