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Unbelievable Vineyards in the Tropics

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blog and photos by GPendrageon Every wine lover is familiar with the wine regions of France, Spain, Australia, America, Italy, and Africa as the most prominent wine producers. However, now there is a new wine destination that is taking the world by storm and it is in the least expected place that one would imagine […]

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7 Wine-Free Things To Do In Oregon Wine Country

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By Robert Richards 04/28/2018 Go wine-free in Wine Country? Are you crazy? For wine drinkers, there is nothing like a trip to wine country. Beautiful landscapes, fresh air, amazing wines, interesting shops, great food, comfy B&Bs, and romance are all tied up in one destination. So why go wine-free in wine country? Maybe you are […]

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South Africa: Country of Cool

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By Tamra Bolton One of the most exciting things about a trip overseas is getting to explore and investigate the different animal and plant life.  Knowing some of the trees, flowers, birds and mammals you might encounter only enriches your total travel experience.  While I was searching for things to see and do in South Africa, I […]

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Dreams of Africa

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By Tamra Bolton Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of visiting Africa.  Watching Marlin Perkins on Wild Kingdom every week only fueled my desire to see herds of elephants, wildebeests and zebras thundering across the African plains.  Now that I’m older…I still love to dream about watching brilliant sunsets through the flap of a […]

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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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Terroir

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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 […]