Yes, we are loving the sunshine…blue skies….warm water.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited over a little Fall fashion…after all, it’s coming! How can we begrudge the return to jeans when they look so irresistibly chic with a Virginia Slims 70s suede jacket? How can we complain about socks when there are such great […]

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While one can have a wine tour of Spain via the tapas bars of Barcelona (which we most certainly did), nothing beats standing in the vineyard with a winemaker in understanding a wine. Much of our travel to wine regions is appointment driven; each year we go to Napa & Sonoma,  Paso & Santa Barbara, […]

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Et-NA!  Et-NA!  Et-NA!  Yes, I drank the kool-aid, the grape kool-aid, if you will, and I have now joined the wild pack of Etna-obsessed wine lovers.  Specifically, the red grape Nerello Mascalese and white Carricante.  These are the indigenous varietals of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, now an official D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, ie. appellation) and […]

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Most people look to food, art & architecture for insight into a culture when they travel.  I also like to get out into the suburbs to see how the middle class live and possibly pop into a shopping center or mall.  In France, LeClerc is a lot of fun–a Home Depot and Walmart Superstore rolled […]

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On the left bank, the chateaux are big, the vineyards are big and the wines are big.  On the right bank, many properties, especially in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, are darn-near Burgundian in comparison, eg 10-20 hectare vs 100.  If I had to pick just one spot in Bordeaux to visit, I would vote for charming […]

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There are pros & cons to any travel destination.  With left bank Bordeaux, it is hellish city traffic and great distances to cover between towns in the Medoc and perhaps a little rain–this is France, after all.  However, the majesty of the great chateau and beauty of the vineyards  more than rewarded the early a.m. […]

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Summertime on Nantucket…and the living is Busy. There is an endless calendar of social events, a dizzying number of fine dining destinations–and countless tranquil locations to get away from it all when you need a break. If you need to know what’s happening, check out Nantucket’s newest website, NantucketChronicle.com.  It is all things Nantucket–Dining, Real […]

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In October 2011, I was invited to Champagne by Veuve Clicquot, along with 3 champagne-o-phile friends from Nantucket.  As I mentioned in my previous post, we did not waste a minute from the moment our chauffered car arrived…Day 1 was sightseeing and tastings with grower champagnes Pierre Peters and Rene Geoffroy;  Day 2 was a […]

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In October, I flew overnight to France, where I met up with 3 champagne-savvy friends from Nantucket and off we sped to the city of Reims for an epic Champagne adventure…We dropped our bags at Hotel du la Paix and Carlos, our driver, delivered us to La Banque in Epernay, for a bit of sustenance […]

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First quarter 2012 has been off to an epic eating, drinking and traveling start…Nantucket, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Carmel, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica/LA, NYC, Boston, Charlotte & Beyond! Here are few snaps of some of my favorite currentVintage experiences YTD…Actually, this was just January! Salut et Bon Appetit!

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