Murphys: Hidden Gem in California

Sunset at Villa Vallecito Vineyards

Nothing excites me more when traveling than finding an off-the-beaten path gem. When I can say a destination and get a response from others like, “where is that?!” I’m in… Murphys, California proved to be that and more. The picturesque village in Calaveras County, 2.5 hours drive from San Francisco off Highway 4 East, offers […]

Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg

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Getting there: The flight into Santa Rosa from Los Angeles had us on the ground in two-hours and heading for the town of Healdsburg. We were on a two-day tasting tour through Dry Creek Valley in Northern Sonoma. My husband and I were told each passenger was allowed to check-in a case of wine on […]

Weekend Getaway: Baja’s Tecate and Guadalupe Valley

Adobe Guadalupe Vineyard and Inn

As I veered off Interstate 5 onto highway 94 towards Tecate and the Mexican border, I found myself humming James Taylor’s “Oh, Mexico.” Although LA’s January this year has had more than its share of 80-degree weather, I had a bad case of the post-holiday blues that I hoped to chase away with a weekend […]

Southern California’s Wine Country: Temecula Valley

Vines and tasting room at Europe Village, Temecula

With a rich history, rolling hills covered with vineyards, championship golf courses, picturesque views, and plenty of unique shopping and recreation, Temecula makes for a perfect getaway from the city. Southern California’s wine country, located less than 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, may not have the abundance […]

Francis Discala Jr. At The Nantucket Wine Festival

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By Francis DiScala Jr and Jill Vasil: Nantucket, the fabled island almost 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, home of summertime superlatives and quaintness that’s internationally renowned, is almost still asleep in mid-May. The spring thaw has finished and silently, simultaneously opens the manicured gardens and the wildflowers. Pickup trucks stuffed with mowers and […]

Park Hyatt’s Masters of Food and Wine in Mendoza, Argentina

Booth at the San Telmo Market

By Nicole Rodriguez: Getting there: Am I really going to Argentina? Well, here’s the friendly flight attendant giving me warm peanuts and my choice of beverage. Am I really leaving my two kids, who have so much going on and are handfuls? Oh, here’s my personal movie screen with the latest movies, King’s Speech anyone? […]

Three Days in Heaven at the Telluride Wine Festival

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By Francis DiScala Jr.: Telluride ain’t easy to get to, but then not many of my favorite places on earth are easy. From New York it’s a connection and then a second landing in Montrose, Colorado. “Daddy, where is Montrose?” a little girl said to her father sitting in front of me. It occurred to […]

Napa Valley: Luxury, Eco-Living And Spa Indulgence

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By: Janice Fuhrman How green is the Napa Valley? It’s not only the grapevines carpeting the valley that make this wine paradise green. More and more wineries are farming their grapes organically, installing solar panels and using recycled materials in their buildings. But a new super-luxury hotel in the heart of the valley moves a […]