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Spilled shiraz

July 22, 2011
Spilled shiraz

A most unfortunate accident in Adelaide, Australia has wiped out about $1 million worth of fine shiraz. Australian press are reporting that a forklift loading cartons malfunctioned, sending 462 cases of wine crashing to the ground. The wine was 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove, which can sell for around $180 a bottle in the U.S....
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Craving cava

July 21, 2011
Craving cava

A lot of us view bubbles as bipartisan _ there’s French Champagne and then there’s all the rest. But a little exploration can open up whole new worlds of sparkling sensations from German Sekt to Italian Asti and Prosecco to Hungarian Pezsgo. OK, I haven’t actually tried that last but I could not resist...
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Santa Cruz Century

July 19, 2011
Santa Cruz Century

Stuck inside today? Me too, but I did get out recently to pay a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a seaside amusement park that combines modern thrills with retro charm.
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Lovely Languedoc

July 18, 2011


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Temperate tempranillo

July 14, 2011
Temperate tempranillo

Happy Bastille Day from sunny Spain, where it has, in fact, been cool and damp, at least in the north. Travel tip: The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain stupid visitor who didn’t think she needed to pack a rain jacket. But I digress. Day Two of my trip to Spain took...
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Making a meal of Madrid

July 12, 2011
Making a meal of Madrid

Paris may be a moveable feast, but Madrid is the place to satisfy a literary appetite, Why do I say that, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I’m in Spain this week visiting Frexeinet wineries with a group of wine writers and in honor of the occasion, I downloaded “The Sun Also Rises,” on...
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A royal good time?

July 7, 2011
A royal good time?

You’ve probably heard that Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to put it formally, are visiting California this week, which is causing a moderate flurry of excitement. But it doesn’t look like much of a vacation to me. No Disneyland, no wine country, no Homes of the Stars! tour,...
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Lovely Languedoc

July 6, 2011
Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do you? No, I thought not. Enjoy.
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How to be a cool chef

July 5, 2011
How to be a cool chef

Like cooking? Like winter? Really, really like winter? I may have just the job for you. NANA Services, which manages operations and food services at the McMurdo research station in Antarctica has posted a job opening for a chef. Evidently researchers are interested in the science of gastronomy along with astrophysics, medicine, etc. The...
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Monaco Wedding: UPDATE

July 1, 2011
Monaco Wedding: UPDATE

After a week of rumor and speculation, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert of Monaco were married Saturday in a spectacular ceremony that evoked memories of the marriage of Albert’s mother, Grace Kelly, to Prince Rainier II all those years ago.
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Lovely Languedoc

  I don’t think six weeks is a long time to take to put together a slideshow on my visit to the Languedoc, do...
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Carcassonne: A Fairy Tale City

The ancient walled city of Carcasonne had me before hello. Just driving up to the fantastically fairy-tale expanse of walls, turrets and towers was...
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Languedoc dogs

Look out, winery dogs of Napa Valley. Yes, I know you’re cute and featured in all sorts of books and articles, but let me...
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Swept away by cassoulet

Ever get annoyed by people who go to the South of France and proceed to rave over the victuals? Well bite me, because today...
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Top 5 differences between hiking in Berkeley and the South of France

Somewhere between the vegetable gazpacho and the duck confit, I realized my hike in La Clape, part of the Languedoc wine region of France,...
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Party like a paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival

Two things are vital if you want to chase stars at the Cannes Film Festival. First, you need to know a clued-in and friendly...
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