Winos - er, oenophiles - and beer lovers unite! Here we go galavanting after the grape and the hop, and there are of course scores of fetching - and sometimes surprising - countries & regions to choose from. Cheers!

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The wine country around Solvang, southern California

Fess Parker Winery And speaking of vineyards, Solvang is also surrounded by more than 125 wineries producing some of the world's best vintages and many accepting visitors for tours and tasting; among of the most popular are half-century-old Firestone Vineyard, Fess Parker Winery (above, founded in 1988 by the actor famous for playing Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV in the 1950s and 60s), and Sunstone Winery, in business since 1990 and with an enphasis on environmental sustainability. read…

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Discovering wine and more in New York State's Finger Lakes region

Luke Petrinec/Steuban County CVB As a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), I was fortunate to attend a webinar on the Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes presented by Kevin Costello, president and CEO of the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Dave DeGolye, the bureau’s communications manager. I was only somewhat familiar with this wine region, so was pleased to learn more about its wineries as well as to be introduced to all its…

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Saying 'G’Day' to some fine Australian wines

      Some weeks ago, our Southern California Wine Council greeted 2022 with a tasting of five wines from the Land Down Under which are exported to the United States.  Four of these wines are produced by Eight at the Gate in the Wrattonbully wine country located along the country's southeastern coast, about 280 miles from Melbourne and stretching throughout the hill country of the Stewarts and Naracoorte mountain ranges.  This area has a temperate climate, long growing season, and significant…

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Prost! Munich's beery Oktoberfest is back!

  Holzijue/Pixabay From September 17 to October 3, the legendary celebration of German beer, cuisine, and culture in Bavaria's capital is returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unsprprisingly, it's necessary to make your arrangements months in advance, so if you've always wanted to experience Wies'n (as it's known in Bavarian), take note here for 2023! read post  

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