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You Say Rosato, I say Rosé | Roma to Sonoma

Layne Randolph, Napa Valley Register, August 2017 Technically, it’s the French who say Rosé; the rest of us have adopted their usage of the word. And it’s right that we use the French word because France is the indisputable king … Continue reading

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The Nerellos of Sicily | Roma to Sonoma

The Nerellos of Mt. Etna: What’s Percolating on the Volcano Layne Randolph,  Napa Valley Register, February 2017    “Cabernet is to John Wayne as [Nerello Mascalese] is to Marcello Mastroianni.” Alberto Graci, Graci Winery, Passopisciaro, Sicily   The windshield wipers could … Continue reading

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Graci | Roma to Sonoma

“We only cultivate traditional varieties indigenous to Mount Etna” – Graci Alberto Graci of Graci Winery in Passopisciaro, Sicily, focuses his winery’s production on only six Etna DOC wines:  Etna Bianco, Etna Rosso, Etna Rosato, Etna Bianco Arcuria, Etna Rosso … Continue reading

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Sonoma Events | Roma to Sonoma

Sign up for a chance to win two free tickets to Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival!  I’m wiping my tears as I accept that summer is officially over.  To console myself, I’m going to focus on the great fall events happening … Continue reading

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Tormaresca | Roma to Sonoma

“The Tormaresca project began with the dream, now a reality, to discover and enhance the precious native varietals of Puglia, leading the wine renaissance of the region.”  Tormaresca Website When we saw a building in the distance, we actually cheered.  … Continue reading

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Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu | Roma to Sonoma

The taxi arrived right on time before dawn.   After I said a last sad goodbye to my 5-pound muppet, Rocco, I pulled my well-packed luggage down the long, dark drive to the waiting car and loaded myself inside.  The … Continue reading

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Global Travel Basics – Packing | Roma to Sonoma

Travel Basics I’ve been traveling between the US and Europe for over a decade and have learned the hard way what works for me on long international trips.  The first time I traveled to Europe I had two checked bags, … Continue reading

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Healdsburg | Roma to Sonoma

Healdsburg, California Most famous for its authentic small town charm, Healdsburg is a requisite stop as you wind your way through Sonoma wine country. “I grew up near here and I’ve watched Healdsburg go from just a tiny town to … Continue reading

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Lambert Bridge Winery | Roma to Sonoma

The Lambert Bridge Cruising through the vineyards on narrow, curved roads, we come to a sudden stop in front of Lambert Bridge. It’s only wide enough for one lane so we have to wait for the car coming from the … Continue reading

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JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB | Roma to Sonoma

JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB Jean-Charles Boisset is not your average winemaker.  He’s a winemaker with inimitable style, and he has curated some of his favorite things and put them on offer at the JCB Tasting Salon and … Continue reading

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