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South African Eats

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By Tamra Bolton Africa. Safaris…elephants…lions…vast savannahs…all of these bring to mind exotic images, places I long to visit, things I want to see.   I have dreamed of going to Africa since I was a child. I want to see for myself all the wonders this continent holds.  Maybe you have dreamed of such a trip too.  Realistically, in […]

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Terrior

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By Tamra Bolton Whenever you are around a group of wine enthusiasts, the term “terroir” eventually comes up in the conversation. What exactly is terroir?  It is a loosely translated French term meaning “sense of place” and the effect it has on wine.  The soil, atmosphere, environment, sunlight and rain patterns, etc. all affect the way a […]

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Oregon Coast, Beyond Wine Country

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by Tamra Bolton One of my favorite winter time activities is curling up in front of a blazing fireplace with a good glass of wine and the Rand McNally road atlas.  I love looking at all the places I have visited; it’s like taking the trips all over again from the comfort of my chair.  I also […]

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Make Wine the Theme of Your Girlfriend Weekend

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By Tamra Bolton Last weekend, I attended one of the zaniest events I’ve ever been to…the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend.  You’re probably wondering…what in the world is a Pulpwood Queen?  These gals are members of the largest book club in the world, with over 600 chapters and I am proud to call myself a PQ.  […]

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Oregon Wine Country

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By Tamra Bolton   Imagine yourself in a world class resort, surrounded by stunning art, meticulously landscaped gardens and being able to choose from over 800 award-winning wines for your evening meal…imagine yourself being pampered with a honey and wine masque while your personal spa attendant wraps you in a special organic honey and wine […]

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Destination: Sonoma County

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By: Tamra Bolton   Just north of the San Francisco Bay area lies a county roughly the size of Rhode Island.   The famous Sonoma County is known for its wine production and some of the most spectacular scenery in California.  The county has more than four hundred wineries and award-winning wines to explore and sample […]

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Meanwhile, Back in Wine Country…

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The Willamette Valley is crowded with dozens of small wineries, all with their own niche and specialty.  For a wine lover, this captivating region of Oregon is a treasure trove of some of the best Pinot Noirs on the planet. All within an easy drive from Portland, the wineries all have their own claim to fame, […]

DIY

Put A Lid On It!

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By Tamra Botlon I have a few “pet peeves”…among them are coffee cup handles turned every which way in a cabinet, drivers who don’t know how to use their turn indicators, and gnats. Yes, gnats.  Those summertime pests that seem to appear out of nowhere, does anyone really know how they get into your house?  […]

New Trends

Wine Events on the Rise!

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By Tamra Bolton   As more and more wineries appear on the map every year across the country, wine events are becoming an important part of almost every community culture. Here in Texas, the growing Wine Swirl event in Nacogdoches is a peek into the new “wine awareness” that is taking over, even in mostly […]