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Help Chile -- Buy Wine! 11 Mar 2010 | 03:37 am

Just a quick post to point out that there's a great way for wine lovers to help Chile in the wake of the recent 8.8 quake -- buy some Chilean vino. Check out this link for recommendations (or read my ...

Argentina for a Week 3 Mar 2010 | 03:03 am

I woke up early in Valparaiso, Chile on a Sunday morning to catch a bus to Mendoza, a trip that I heard would be spectacular -- straight through a part of the cordillera of the Andes, with a view of t...

Valle de Casablanca, Chile 5 Feb 2010 | 12:48 pm

I'm baaaack... Well, been in the blogosphere, but through leonavagabunda.blogspot.com, my travel blog where I captured some of the highlights of my six months in South America. Here's part one of my w...

Wines from the Land(s) Down Under 28 Apr 2009 | 03:56 am

My poor neglected li'l blog -- how I've abandoned you so. Sorry, getting ready for a 6-month South America trip but have been getting out to tastings & taking some trips (stay tuned for a report on Pa...

Old World Meets New World 4 Mar 2009 | 07:48 am

Spanish wines have been one of my favorites since I got serious about vino a few years ago. While Spain is definitely part of the Old World wine club, it is interesting to note that many of its bodega...

Chard or Viognier? 7 Feb 2009 | 07:05 am

Last night to go with chimichurri salmon (thank you Trader Joe's, yeah!) and roasted golden acorn squash with butter, kosher salt and herbs from the garden, we opened up a bottle I've had for awhile. ...

A Very Worldy Wine List.... À(hhhhh) Côté! 4 Feb 2009 | 11:46 am

I've wanted to go to À Côté in the Rockridge district of Oakland for as long as I can remember. This longing was only cemented by the fact that a girl in the wine class I took last fall had worked as ...

Small is Beautiful: Rediscovering Napa 30 Dec 2008 | 12:24 pm

Before heading up to the Great White North (well, only Mt. Shasta, but to the flatlander citizens of the Bay Area, the "real" Northern California might as well be part of Alaska), I headed to Napa for...

Stayin in the 'hood... 12 Dec 2008 | 12:18 am

Went to the East Bay Vintners Urban Wine Trail Passport event today and was wowed by the Meritage and Cab Franc from Irish Monkey and refreshed by Two Mile's Viognier. Prophetically, the two were loca...

A break 12 Dec 2008 | 12:18 am

No, I didn't disappear forever from the world o' wine... I did take a break, although that wasn't due to a vanishing taste for the juice, but rather since I was outside the realm of good wine for awhi...

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