Linda Kissam

Member Since:
Dec 2010

Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California and is Vice President of IFWTWA. She writes for over seven publications and is featured monthly on a radio show. Her articles and radio interviews reach thousands of readers/listeners.

Linda specializes in easy, breezy destination stories focusing on what makes each destination special through it culinary and wine, beer and spirits scene and the soft adventures that surround those pursuits. She loves sharing her favorite things about the places she visits.

Her time spent as a publicist for a well-known wine region taught her it's the story behind the product and the experience of the place that makes the trip memorable. Her readers prefer the short getaway (2-5 days)nationally, the long stay abroad, and have the money to make their travel plans a reality.

She never knows if a story will end up being based on finding the perfect latte, ordering Pommes Frites with Parsley Butter in a small French bistro, checking her email in a small cafe in Sicily, or attending a wine seminar aboard a cruise ship. She mentors three Wine Review Councils, reviewing domestic and global wines.

She never travels without a notebook, camera and a great pair of Brighton flats. She has an addiction to personable people, interesting wines, gourmet coffee, fabulous chocolate and spicy foods. Anyone who knows her will tell you that she loves traveling anywhere, by any means, and is somewhat obsessive about local jewelry and a good taco.


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http://luxebeatmag.com/
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Published Books


A Recipe for Temecula Wine Country

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Conceived by authors Linda Kissam and Tom Plant to celebrate the luscious foods and premium wines of the beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Region located in Southern California. It is a […]


Published Articles


Egg and Watercress Sandwiches with Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea

Egg and Watercress Sandwiches with Pomegranate Mojito Green Tea

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Some things just go naturally together – like a lovely zippy cup of tea, tea time sandwiches and a quirky tea-time song. Today’s recipe celebrates that tradition with a recipe for […] ?>
Rutherford Dust Tasting 2014

Rutherford Dust Tasting 2014

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The event is unique amongst the many wine tastings I attend over a year’s time.  Besides being extremely well organized and thoughtful in its agenda, it allows media and trade […] ?>
San Juan Marriott DragonBerry Mojito Recipe

San Juan Marriott DragonBerry Mojito Recipe

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Today’s delicious cocktail recipe comes from the fabulous 4- diamond San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino located on the Condado Beach in sparkly San Juan, Puerto Rico. Offering numerous […] ?>
New Mexico Wines: The Spice of Life

New Mexico Wines: The Spice of Life

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I don’t think New Mexico comes to the top of mind when talking about wines, wine country or top tier wines.  Too bad, it should.I just finished tasting eight wines […] ?>
Get Your International Sip On

Get Your International Sip On

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I have a tip for you…there is life and great sips beyond California wines. I am serious. I know, I know, it’s easy to cruise the wine aisles and load […] ?>
The Nine Best Things to Do in Oxnard, California

The Nine Best Things to Do in Oxnard, California

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Oxnard, California is a great 2-4 day destination.  It’s just 90 minutes from LA.  Sometimes overlooked for its bigger cousins in Santa Barbara, San Francisco or San Diego this is […] ?>
Taste the Place: LA’s Best Chocolate Tour

Taste the Place: LA’s Best Chocolate Tour

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On a lovely LA afternoon, I indulged my love affair with chocolate and gave into the dark side. And boy am I glad I did. TOURific Escapes offers a three-hour […] ?>
La Dolce Vita Ristorante Portobello Florentine

La Dolce Vita Ristorante Portobello Florentine

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One of my favorite dishes at La Dolce Vita Ristorante (Oxnard, CA)  is the Portobello Florentine. It’s a big earthy dish full of succulent flavors. Pair it with a local […] ?>
Top 6 Things To Do in Yuma

Top 6 Things To Do in Yuma

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If you haven’t been to Yuma, Arizona in a while – or at all, NOW would be a good time to think about spending a couple of days at this […] ?>
Medjool Date Chicken Salad

Medjool Date Chicken Salad

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There’s nothing quite like seeing where your food comes from. Its one thing to eat something put in front of you, quite another to experience where some or all of […] ?>
Taste the Place: Pizzeria Mozza, San Diego

Taste the Place: Pizzeria Mozza, San Diego

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What do foodie greats Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich all have in common? They have fused their impressive talents to bring Pizzeria Mozza to the San Diego waterfront. […] ?>
Napa Valley’s Luxury Sip Trail

Napa Valley’s Luxury Sip Trail

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Like most wine lovers I’ve done my time in tasting rooms located in Napa Valley. It’s an important place to explore as Napa is a benchmark for all things wine. […] ?>
Luxe Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

Luxe Travel Guide: Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona can claim to have it all: premium wines, extraordinary restaurants, an alluring climate, inspiring architecture, a multitude of beaches and excellent shopping. There’s several ways to experience Barcelona and […] ?>
Taste the Place: Top of the Market

Taste the Place: Top of the Market

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In my opinion, if you’re willing to drive over an hour to eat at a restaurant, you’ve found a winner.  I call it “inspired eating.”  I am talking about the […] ?>
Josh Cellars Makes the Sweet Spot Connection

Josh Cellars Makes the Sweet Spot Connection

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  When a vineyard is in harmony with climate and geology, wines of great depth and character are possible.  Add in a family owned company dedicated to making world class, […] ?>
Understanding Cava Wines

Understanding Cava Wines

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While I have tasted many types of sparkling wines over the years, I have always been fascinated with cava wines. There is just something about the affordability, quality, and versatility […] ?>
The Best of Surprising Jacksonville, Florida

The Best of Surprising Jacksonville, Florida

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  Delight me, entertain me, exceed my expectations, throw in the unexpected and you have my loyalty forever.  It’s not an easy task since I’ve traveled so much, but it can […] ?>
Gunn House Hotel Pineapple Apricot Breakfast Cake

Gunn House Hotel Pineapple Apricot Breakfast Cake

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I like staying at bed and breakfast inns. If you’ve never stayed at a B&B or did many moons ago, you may be thinking of the old fashioned ones where […] ?>
Get Your Sip On with Greek Wines

Get Your Sip On with Greek Wines

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When was the last time you tasted or purchased Greek wines?  Uh oh, I sense some downward glances, some face twitching and a few mutterings of “Not me.”  Uh oh […] ?>
Sipping Great Cava

Sipping Great Cava

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  By Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ The best way I know of to really understand a particular wine category or varietal is to jump in and immerse […] ?>
Valentine Vegan Ice Cream

Valentine Vegan Ice Cream

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It will soon be that time of year when our thoughts turn to sweet, treats, hearts and arrows. Valentine’s Day is one of America’s most popular holidays, inspiring a flurry […] ?>
The Best of Surprising Jacksonville, Florida

The Best of Surprising Jacksonville, Florida

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  Delight me, entertain me, exceed my expectations, throw in the unexpected and you have my loyalty forever.  It’s not an easy task since I’ve traveled so much, but it can […] ?>
Sipping Great Cava

Sipping Great Cava

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  The best way I know of to really understand a particular wine category or varietal is to jump in and immerse yourself. I did just that on a five-day […] ?>
Drink Pink for an Elegant Christmas

Drink Pink for an Elegant Christmas

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  It doesn’t seem so long ago when the word “Rosé” was mentioned, it conjured up warm days and slippery Jacuzzis.  It was the heralding cry of summer weather. Then… […] ?>
Taste the Place: The Wine Artist

Taste the Place: The Wine Artist

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There are a variety of places to learn about the art of food and wine pairing. You can start by learning to pair wine with the food. Or, learn to […] ?>
Smoky Moutain Travel and Chilhowee Inn’s Grandmother’s Fudge Pie

Smoky Moutain Travel and Chilhowee Inn’s Grandmother’s Fudge Pie

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Today’s recipe comes as a result of my trip to the great Smoky Mountain region in Tennessee. As part of my meanderings in this beautiful area, I spent one night […] ?>
Taste the Place: District Wine in Long Beach

Taste the Place: District Wine in Long Beach

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What makes a great wine bar? I know, I know, wine bars are so common nowadays that all sorts of places are calling themselves a “wine bar.” Some are nothing […] ?>
Jeremy’s on the Hill Ratatouille

Jeremy’s on the Hill Ratatouille

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A group of eight wine lovers headed off on a road trip of their own to Jeremy’s for an Occasional Wine Council meeting.  The group celebrated their final summer meeting […] ?>
The Perfect Five-Day Stay in Halkidiki, Greece

The Perfect Five-Day Stay in Halkidiki, Greece

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When I began to plan my trip to Greece everyone assumed I was going to Athens or Crete. On and on they went about the ruins and the history. After […] ?>
My Six-Night Stand in Athens, Greece

My Six-Night Stand in Athens, Greece

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  I like an eclectic approach when visiting a new city. If my time there is planned by an “insider,” that’s even better. I like seeing some of the main […] ?>
Moana Surfrider’s Grilled Pacific Salmon with Hearts of Palm over Buckwheat Soba

Moana Surfrider’s Grilled Pacific Salmon with Hearts of Palm over Buckwheat Soba

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Today’s recipe comes from Chef Brooke Tadena of the Moana Surfrider (A Westin Resort and Spa). This place is less about where to stay and drop your bags, and more […] ?>
The Five Best Things About Lexington, Kentucky

The Five Best Things About Lexington, Kentucky

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I once read that Lexington, Kentucky was    all about horses, history and hooch.  Maybe, but my four-day experience there tells me Lexington has been maturing into an interesting culinary stop […] ?>
Wine Trippin’ in Greece

Wine Trippin’ in Greece

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Contemporary thinking has it that there are no longer rules for pairing wines.  Guidelines, yes, rules no.  The same can be said for traveling to famous destinations. What if Iwanted to go […] ?>
Grande Hotel Bretagne Sea Bass Carpaccio

Grande Hotel Bretagne Sea Bass Carpaccio

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The Hotel Grande Bretagne provides one of the most extraordinary and enjoyable culinary experiences in Athens. With incomparable views of the Acropolis, Syntagma Square, and the ancient mysteries of Athens […] ?>
Mastelo Greek Salad

Mastelo Greek Salad

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A few short weeks ago I was in Athens, Greece as a guest of The Athen’s Hotel Association. Part of my trip took me to The Margi Hotel , a […] ?>
Wines with Soul – The Gioia Connection

Wines with Soul – The Gioia Connection

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I wouldn’t necessarily have thought a wine could have a soul –well at least not in the religious sense any way.  But I do think if one thinks more on […] ?>
A Tasty Sip and Dine Connection

A Tasty Sip and Dine Connection

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Downtown Long Beach, CA A Tasty Sip and Dine Connection The City of Long Beach, California, has a surprising collection of activities and    diversions for visitors and residents. Big-name attractions […] ?>
Hollywood, CA, USA: Hollywood Sites and Bites

Hollywood, CA, USA: Hollywood Sites and Bites

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited Hollywood. Shame on me since it’s just a couple of hours from  San Diego. Not so many years ago, without a second thought, […] ?>
Art Class with a Wine Chaser in Gulf Shores Alabama

Art Class with a Wine Chaser in Gulf Shores Alabama

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Gulf Shores, Alabama, is known as a family friendly place to vacation. It’s also great for singles and girlfriend getaways. I can see why. The pristine beaches, sugar white sand, […] ?>
District Wine’s Pinot braised pork belly with tapenade

District Wine’s Pinot braised pork belly with tapenade

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Today’s recipe comes from one of the trendiest wine bars in Southern California.  Located in downtown Long Beach on Linden Ave., District Wine is owned and operated by local Long […] ?>
Hire a Personal Chef for an Extraordinary Vacation

Hire a Personal Chef for an Extraordinary Vacation

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Vacationers who hire a personal chef generally don’t have the time, inclination, or ability to cook for themselves but do have the resources to find someone else do it for […] ?>
Julian, CA, USA: A Weekend in Julian

Julian, CA, USA: A Weekend in Julian

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The quaint mountain town of Julian, California, has a reputation for killer apple pie. While you could go there just for that slice of heaven, you’d be missing a whole […] ?>
All Champagnes pair with killer stilettos, but how about corn dogs?

All Champagnes pair with killer stilettos, but how about corn dogs?

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Off to the computer I went to research some out of the box pairings.  The first thing that popped up said Champagne and fried foods are super pals. Fun, quirky […] ?>
Everyday Bordeaux’s

Everyday Bordeaux’s

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It wasn’t so long ago that the words “everyday” and “Bordeaux” didn’t exist in the same sentence.  That’s certainly not the case today.  Affordable Bordeaux’s – ones that you would […] ?>
The Game Changer: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

The Game Changer: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

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You know this Wine Diva loves her wine trips, but on occasion I step out of the purely  wine tourist mode and expand my horizons to just going with the […] ?>
Lynchburg Virginia, USA: A Taste of the Extraordinary

Lynchburg Virginia, USA: A Taste of the Extraordinary

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Heritage, natural beauty, food,  and wine abound in Central Virginia. It’s a showplace for all things fun. One place not to miss is Lynchburg, Virginia. You’ll have to have a […] ?>
Cemetery ginger cookies

Cemetery ginger cookies

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While taking a tour of the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia a few weeks back, a discussion was started by our guide on funerals, funeral foods and funeral food […] ?>
Truckhenge, Quirky Folk Art in Topeka, Kansas

Truckhenge, Quirky Folk Art in Topeka, Kansas

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Truckhenge in Topeka, Kansas is a unique eclectic combination of farm rights , salvage and recycled objects , countryside sanctuary, power tools, personal statement about “the man”, and perhaps folk […] ?>
The Boars Head Peanut Soup

The Boars Head Peanut Soup

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Today’s recipe comes from The Boars Head in Charlottesville, VA. The Boar’s Head has been cultivating the sustainability initiative for years which features a partnership between Boar’s Head Resort and […] ?>
A Casino Resortist Savors It All

A Casino Resortist Savors It All

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Dollars are on the line. It’s a huge night out. It’s the start of a one-night pass to fun, food and wine. People are paying attention. Everyone’s engaged. I’ve got […] ?>
Tasting the Gaslamp Quarter

Tasting the Gaslamp Quarter

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San Diego is foodie haven. It’s also a very safe, walkable town. Combining those attributes into a cool guided visitor activity is pure genius. So I have a suggestion for […] ?>
Liquid Gold Tour – Portland, Oregon’s Beer, Wine, and Saki Scene

Liquid Gold Tour – Portland, Oregon’s Beer, Wine, and Saki Scene

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The Zen of wine is my deal. I like it. I like to drink it. I love sharing it with friends and pairing it with food. I like to learn […] ?>

The Bellingham, WA Renaissance: A 7-day Foodie Tour

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There was a time when Bellingham area was booming, then a time when prosperity was only a faint memory. But a quick trip to Bellingham just a few short weeks […] ?>

Authentic Canadian maple syrup pie

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Today’s recipe is a traditional dessert found in the Province of Québec called Maple Syrup Pie.  It comes  compliments of Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant. Located in the historic Maison Jacquet, […] ?>

Wine Trippin’ in South Dakota

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I am advocate for “tasting the place.”  This Wine Diva believes in doing more than    just standing at a winery tasting bar demanding some outstanding Cab.  The true wine  tasting […] ?>

Affordable French Wines

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When I think French wine, the word affordable is not usually in the same sentence. However, affordable French wine is not impossible to find. With a little help form Gérard […] ?>

Three Rivers B and B low fat cheesecake with honey graham cracker and butter crust

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Three Rivers Bed & Breakfast is located in the beautiful art community of Three Rivers, California.  A night or two spent here is absolute heaven for the foodie, music or […] ?>

Wine, Jazz, Food and Gerard Bertrand in the South of France

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Who would know that there are still some wine regions and vintners in France that Americans dont know enough about? I do now, and soon you will too. I got […] ?>

The Wines and Treasures of Picturesque Nova Scotia

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My nights lodging was in a box car. Yup, you heard me right, I stayed the night in Box Car Jane at the century old Train Station inn at Tatamagouche. […] ?>

Discovering a Sensual Czech Republic

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I am one lucky Wine Chix. I received an invitation from the Czech Tourism Department to explore the wine, food and activities of the trending Czech Republic via Prague and […] ?>

The Las Vegas Wow Experience!

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Each one of us has our own vision of what the Vegas Experience is, but if you havent been there in a while or you usually just come to play […] ?>

Couples Getaway: Artist Retreat Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

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There are all types of getaways. The choices are limitless from big adventure to soft adventure, romantic to family, glamping to camping. The key to getting it right is understanding […] ?>

Spring Break in So-Cal Wine Country

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Picture this: Southern California’s two most impressive wine countries, Temecula and Julian, filled with fun people, all looking to have a blast as they sip, swirl and nosh their way […] ?>

Great Food, Wine and Music in Trendy Julian, California

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The key to getting to know this special place is to stay awhile. It’s about an hour away from San Diego and Palm Springs; add another 30 minutes from Orange […] ?>

Off the Beaten Track Vacation in Irvine, California

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The really smart traveler heads off the   beaten track and away from the tourist traps of the world’s big cities to uncover    some amazing attractions. From little-known markets to hidden […] ?>

Big Blend Radio Interview – Ventura Wine Country

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Big Blend Radio – Linda Kissam was a featured guest on Champagne Sundays on October 17, 2010 talking about the emerging Ventura County wine district. ?>

Mexican Terroir Wines Paired with Tortilla Soup

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At Hotel Matilda (www.hotelmatilda.com) in San Miguel de Allende, Executive Chef Jorge Boneta has a best-selling dish on the menu thats a year-round favorite at the hotel Hotel Matilda Tortilla […] ?>

Lorimar Winery Opens In Old Town Temecula

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Two cool brother-in-laws realize the start of their winery dream. ?>

Teaching Children to Eat Well

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There’s a fast rise in the Slow Food movement everywhere you look. Don’t know what I mean? No, its not another food or garden club. What it is, is concerned […] ?>

Fly In ~ To So-Cal Wine Country

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Arrive in Temecula Wine Country Via French Valley Airport. French Valley Airport is located in Southwest Riverside County, adjacent to the communities of Temecula, Murrieta and Winchester. The airport, located […] ?>

Road Trip! San Diego to Sonoma

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I miss those carefree days of the quintessential road trip. No airport screenings, no late or canceled flights, no stale peanuts, no limits on my luggage; just a relaxed schedule, […] ?>

Big Blend Radio Interview ~ Laguna Beach, California Style

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Big Blend Radio: Linda Kissam was a featured guest on Champagne Sundays radio on July 25, 2010 talking about her Wine Trippin’ adventure in Laguna Beach, California. ?>

Dunning Vineyards Wine Review

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Dunning Vineyards is located in California. Wines this special need to be shared; so I scheduled them for a Womens Wine Council tasting. I could have guessed by what was […] ?>

Wine Tasting, Nova Scotia Style

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Nova Scotia is so much more than I expected. It’s a delight to the senses, a city that speaks to the soul. I went there to learn about the wines, […] ?>

Picturesque Nova Scotia Canadas Winery Wonderland

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Nova Scotia is so much more than I expected. Its a delight to the senses, a region that speaks to the soul. I went there to learn about the wines, […] ?>

Wine Trippin’ Santa Rita Hills Style

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Ooh, ooh, ooh, how I love discovering underappreciated wine regions. The next best one just might be (it certainly gets my vote) Santa Barbara Countys Santa Rita Hills. Located about […] ?>

The Local Wine Buzz-February 2010

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Old Town Temecula’s wine district features new tasting room ?>

Men’s Wine Council Review for Folie a Deux Wines

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At the Men’s Wine Council tasting we tasted 4 Folie Deux wines and an impulse add on, a Mead wine from Hawaii. Prices ranged from $18- $24. Folie Deux is […] ?>

Keyways Welcomes New Winemaker

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Time moves on, seasons change, and it seems inevitable that winemakers will come and go. So it is that David Raffaele, formerly part of the winemaking team at Maurice Car’rie […] ?>

Rockland, Maine – The Best Wine Vacation Ever

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I was challenged by my husband to organize a wine-themed vacation that was more than a whirl of pedestrian lodging, shops and seen-that-before wineries. Hmmmm thats quite a challenge. Lets […] ?>

A Tasty Napa Christmas

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Looking for a truly unique pre or post-Christmas getaway in a magical setting? Is it innovative cuisine, a romantic hotel, Christmas activities, and amazing Napa Valley premium wines that are […] ?>

Ginger-Lime Shrimp Salad and Moscato Allegro

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It seems Americas sweet tooth is returning to the wine arena. That works for me, especially when were talking the Muscat grape. Small berried and golden, Muscat Canelli is desired […] ?>

Santa Rita Hills Wines

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Linda Kissam was interviewed on Big Blend Radio on February 27, 2011 about the wineries in the Santa Rita Hills. ?>

Annual Grape Stomp at Orfila Vineyards & Winery

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Orfila Winerys annual Grape Stomp takes place on Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 4 PM – 8 PM. The afternoon event celebrates the beginning of harvest – Old World style […] ?>

Missouri Wines

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Well, I am impressed. America’s first wine country not only boasts some solid wines, but also has its very own state grape glass — the Riedal Crystal Norton Wine Glass. […] ?>

2008 Gioia Paso Robles Zin!

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I really love a bottle of wine that is not only good, but has a story behind it too. That’s why it’s such a treat to introduce you to Gioia […] ?>

A Taste of St. Augustine, Florida

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Why is it that small towns seem to possess a sense of place and taste all their own that a big city just cant compete with? Dont you love it […] ?>

Small Lot Wines + The Perfect Wine! = Perfection!

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Youve probably heard the term small lot wines and took a guess that it refers to wine produced in limited quantities. You would of course be right, but theres more […] ?>

Iron Skillet Cornbread with Honey Lavender Butter

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While in Downtown Napa recently, I had dinner at the trendy and engaging Grace’s Table Restaurant. What an amazing evening spent spent with Chef Mauro. Dish after dish was original, […] ?>

In The Pink Moment

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Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have a Pink Moment. This occurs as the sun is […] ?>

Wine Tasting Tips With Linda Kissam

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An eight minute up beat video on how to go wine tasting. This is an easy up-to-date discussion on what to do, what not to do, tipping, buying wine, how […] ?>

The Business Side of Being a Chef

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There’s absolutely no doubt that Temet Grill’s (Temecula,CA) Executive Chef Sal Giuliano is an amazing culinarian. This boy can cook with the big dogs. If you’ve been to the Temet […] ?>

Meet the Executive Chef

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Ponte Family Estate Winery welcomes Frank Miller as Executive Chef of the award winning Smokehouse Restaurant. Miller brings thirty years of culinary experience encompassing restaurant, hotel, catering, and personal chef […] ?>

Couples Getaway: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

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I love exploring destinations that dont always get the media attention they deserve. Places that include all the amenities and adventure a traveler could want, but done in a style […] ?>

Meet the Twins

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I like the fact I get to meet a lot of different winemakers. They’re creative types, focused on crafting beautiful wines. They come in all shapes and sizes of course. […] ?>

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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I love Sauvignon Blanc in all its forms, but I especially enjoy the New Zealand style. So when marketing rep Catherine Seda recently sent me a sample of the Mt […] ?>

International Wine Travel: Eco Tourism in the South of France

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I’ve interviewed my share of winery owners, winemakers and growers. Some have passion for the wine, some have dedication for the business of wine, some for the pleasure of wineand […] ?>

The Southern Spirit of St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Theres a lot to be said for Southern hospitality. Theres much more to be said experiencing it for yourself. I was very fortunate to do just that in a five-day […] ?>

Milagro Farms Vineyards & Winery

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The Wine Chixs love to visit emerging and under reported wine regions. So we were delighted to get an invitation from Jim Hart, Executive Winemaker for Milagro Farms Vineyards & […] ?>

Caffe Primo is Neighborhood Favorite

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Trying to find a great coffeehouse in the neighborhood is always an adventure. It’s the coffee drinker’s perennial quest for excellence that propels them to seek out independent coffee houses […] ?>

Meet Mr Balanced

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Its really cool when I get to spend some quality time with a really smart winemaker. Such was the case when I sat down with Etienne Cowper, winemaker for Tesoro […] ?>

Pomegranate Wines: Tart, Sassy & Oh-So 21st Century

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About a year ago on a TV show I was involved with, I came across twin winemakers, 26-year-old Nick and Brian Davis and their refreshing pomegranate wine. Born and raised […] ?>

Wine, Art & Waves

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Theres nothing better than good wine. Then again, theres really nothing more inspiring than great art. But if you think about it, what could be better than an amazing hotel […] ?>

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes: A ‘Cupcake Wars’ wanta be

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Ever wonder what it takes to be on one of the Food Networks shows? According to a press release from the Food Network as they cast season 4 of their […] ?>

Holiday Side Dishes & Today’s Wine Picks

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Share some wonderful meals and fine wines with family and friends. Included today are two side dish recipes you may like to use for the holidays. Taste Tip: Sightly sweet […] ?>

Enchanting Milagro Farms Vineyards & Winery

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WINE: Milagro Farms Vineyards & Winery – Linda Kissam ‘Food, Wine & Shopping Diva’ shares her wine tasting adventures and visit with Jim Hart, Executive Winemaker for the enchanting Milagro […] ?>

Spotlight on Temecula Creek Inn’s Executive Chef Salvatore Giuliano

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Layers of flavors, generational recipes, and some sassy nouveau cuisine all seem to mix and mingle with ease. That being said, there’s another side to Chef Sal that brings big […] ?>

Summertime in Wine Country

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With spring in full swing and summertime in our collective sightline, I am pretty sure were all chomping at the bit for some time off to relax and renew. Since […] ?>

Traditional Czech Garlic Soup

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The Czech Republics culinary scene is noted for its hearty comfort food featuring lots of meat and high carb foods. This is not light dining, but it is delicious. You […] ?>

Wine Tasting ~ Western Washington Style

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Like most wine regions, theres always a favorite or more publicized area of a states wine region. For Washington State its been Eastern Washington. WellOk, and fine.but in my quest […] ?>

The Spa “Ahhh” Experience Aji Spa, Phoenix, Arizona

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I’ve been to many spas, but it”s the ones that offer their own special twist that makes a memorable experience. Spa junkies everywhere should be writing the following name down […] ?>

Exploring Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

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It’s not often I get the opportunity to right a wrong or set the record straight while thoroughly immersing myself in sugar white beaches, clear blue ocean waves, and warm […] ?>

Slow Food Sets a Delicious Pace

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I am all about life in the fast lane. Scheduling, rushing here and there, coffee dates, Facebook & tweeting into the wee hours of the morning , catching planes, trains […] ?>

Fallbrook, CA Makes A Unique Summertime Destination

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It’s easy to discover activities for all tastes, and luxuries for all wallets in Fallbrook, CA. Fallbrook is the ultimate getaway located halfway between San Diego and Temecula Wine Country. […] ?>

The Business Side of Supporting Creativity

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Not far from Temecula Wine Country sits a modern-day artists refuge in transition, the 300-acre Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. Designed by its founders Ellen Dorland and Barbara Horton, “To provide […] ?>

What’s New In Temecula Wine Country?

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Big Blend Radio: Linda Kissam was a featured guest on Vacation Station radio on June 4, 2010 talking about summer in Temecula Valley Wine Country ?>

Discovering the Spirit & Style of Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma City is a place that exudes charm, character, sorrow and a spirit that inspires visitors to live their lives more meaningfully. I spent three fascinating days in this city […] ?>

Wineries, Ferries & Amazing Lodging — Seattle Style

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The Seattle experience begins in Woodinville, Washington, just about 30 minutes from Sea Tac Airport, and 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. Here youll find a combination of about 60 wineries […] ?>

Chefs Recipes: Pan Seared Halibut with Cherry and Poblano Salsa

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Foodies interested in chefs who abide by the Farm to Fork / Buy Local mantra, will enjoy this wine and food pairing from a Washington State chef who sings that […] ?>

Big Blend Radio Interview- Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Linda Kissam is interviewed on Big Blend Radio about her Gulf Shores experience. In this 30-minute interview she talks about the great food, wine and shopping experience she had and […] ?>

The Casino High Life

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Today’s casino is a rich tapestry of poker, entertainment, food and wine. There’s a seductive aurora that greets you at the door, staying with you until you retrieve your car […] ?>

Sip, Savor & Sleep Over Amongst the Vines

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You like wine tasting? Are you up for a little adventure? I bet you love a deal. Can I package all this for you into a rustic vineyard romantic getaway? […] ?>

Sip, Swirl, Certify

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Tons of California wine bottles are now touting the SIP Certified Seal (Sustainability in Practice) so that green (and not-so-green) wine consumers can select wines made from grapes grown by […] ?>

Wine Adventure on the High Seas

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Looking for some high seas adventure with a decidedly gourmet food and wine focus? Then check out the Schooner Stephen Taber for a uniquely tactile and visual experience. This gorgeous […] ?>

Salmon with spicy honey sauce and Loredona Riesling

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This dish is low maintenance and can be prepared indoors or outdoors which is great for those of us who experience year round temperate climates in the SoCal area. For […] ?>

Wine Tasting, Ventura County, California Style

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You have to love a wine tasting adventure that is nestled between a national forest and the sparkly Pacific Ocean. A destination that doesnt get the proper respect it deserves […] ?>

Chinese New Year Dumplings (Jiaozi)

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Dumplings, called “jiaozi” in Mandarin Chinese are served during the Chinese New Year. Resembling the golden ingots used as currency during the Ming Dynasty, they symbolize wealth. Serving them at […] ?>

The Wine Chixs Blog

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Check out Linda’s daily blog on the finer things in life: food, wine, and shopping! ?>

Citizen’s Guide to California Wine Country: Temecula Valley

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Book Review:Just received a copy of the brand new guidebook Citizen’s Guide to California Wine Country: Temecula Valley . I think you’re going to like it! At around $17, it’s […] ?>

Destination ~ Warner Springs, CA

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Located between Temecula Wine Country and Julian in Southern California, Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery, im Warner Springs, is nestled on a northeastern slope at 3400′, in the coastal mountain […] ?>

A Memorable Wine Adventure/ Rutherford Dust Society Cabernet Tasting

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I receive a ton of email every day; offers for this, suggestions for that, questions on all sorts of topics. So its not uncommon for me to face off with […] ?>

Wine Trippin In Rockland, Maine

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I am always on the lookout for unique up-and-coming wine regions that present an interesting story and a 2-7 day destination of food, wine, and fun. For heaven sakes, there […] ?>

A Chef, a Fish, and a Slim Man.

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Chef Anthony Bartolotta of Thornton Winery shares a recipe for healthy Broiled Lemon & Herb Crusted Sea Bass with Sauted Arugula, Tomatoes & Zucchini a favorite of Thornton Winerys Michel […] ?>

Wine Tasting Santa Barbara-Style, Part 2: Small-Lot Wineries in the Santa Barbara Hills

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My day two goal was to experience the breath and width of the wineries of Santa Barbara. I asked Shannon to give me a full day wine itinerary focusing on […] ?>

Affordably Good Wines with Unique Names and Labels

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I’ll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for an attractive wine label and an intriguing name. I had my “m”oon” phase where I only purchased wines […] ?>

Riding the Branyon Back Country Trail in Orange Beach, Alabama

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Love tourist places that think outside of the box? Buckle up in an electric cart with two or more friends for a two-hour guided eco-tour on the Hugh S. Branyon […] ?>

Temecula Old Town Wine Walk Tour

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Powered by the GPS technology, this walking tour offers narrated accurate turn-by-turn directions and insights to tasting rooms found in Old Town Temecula. It’s as if you had local guide […] ?>

For All My Princesses

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It may just be the event planner in me, but this Wine Chix L-O-V-E-S anything with a cool theme. So its not going to come as a surprise to anyone […] ?>

Missouri Wines & Recipe for “Missouri Meatballs”

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Well…I am impressed. America’s first wine country not only boasts some solid wines, but also has its very own state grape glass – the Riedal Crystal Norton Wine Glass. Hardly […] ?>

Wine Trippin’ In Mid Coast Maine

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Big Blend Radio: Linda Kissam was a featured guest on Vacation Station radio on June 26, 2010 talking about the unique mid-coast wine district near Rockland, Maine. ?>

Slim Man, Thornton Winerys Michel Demma

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Sitting in front of me is Michel Demma a trim 31 year old Temecula man with a big smile, an amazing spirit, and an inspiring story. Looking at him now […] ?>

Wine Tasting Santa Barbara-Style, Part 1: The Urban Wine Trail

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My day one goal was to experience the Urban Wine Trail (11 wineries in and around downtown Santa Barbara) using only feet, a wine guide, and local transportation. My (thirty-something) […] ?>

Discovering a Sensual Czech Republic

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I am one lucky Wine Chix. I received an invitation from the Czech Tourism Department to explore the wine, food and activities of the trending Czech Republic via Prague and […] ?>

Finding Your Pink Moment in Ojai, California

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A pink moment occurs as the sun is setting, when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs at the east end […] ?>

Bordeaux & Bordeaux Sup’erieur Wines

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A Women’s Wine Council Review ~ I am finding that coming together with a group of fellow wine buffs is a creative way to really understand wine. A group atmosphere […] ?>

Girls Night Out

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We sort of hate to think about reliving the 70s – all those parental rules, cheap wine, flowers in our hair and orange jump suits kind of weigh heavy on […] ?>

Wine Tasting Etiquette

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Tasting wine has an etiquette all its own. Whether youre at a winery or wine bar the rules pretty much are the same. Expect to pay for the tasting. Free […] ?>

The Local Wine Buzz – July 2010 Edition

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July is a great month to explore Temecula Wine Country because Mother Nature hasn’t tuned the furnace on full blast yet. You’re good to go to explore the wine, food, […] ?>

Terra dOro Wines

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Literally meaning gold country the name Terra dOro pays homage to the Italian immigrants who helped build California and its wine industry partner, Amador County. To be honest, it was […] ?>

The Wines of Ojai

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We love visiting emerging wine regions with small lot, family-owned wineries that just don’t seem to get the press they deserve. So it came to be that we left fast […] ?>

Southern California Wine Travel

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Picture this: Southern Californias two most impressive wine countries, Temecula and Julian, filled with fun people, all looking to have a blast as they sip, swirl and nosh their way […] ?>

The Business Side of Being a Vintner

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Ever have the occasional dream to start your own winery? You know the dream — make exactly the wines you love, spend all day wandering through perfectly manicured vineyards, have […] ?>

Lobster Salad

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Delicious Lobster Salad from Executive Chef Steve Pickell, Temecula Wine Country, So-Cal ?>

Free Wine App is Noteworthy

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I tend to go on overload when I walk into a wine store if I dont have a buy list. Yes it can be fun to whirl and twirl my […] ?>

Meet Mr. Smooth ~ 2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

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Hey aficionados ~ as you know wine prices are down, quality is up, and retailers are offering some tremendous buys. I like wines of all kinds. I see great buys […] ?>

Chef Michael Cragg: Catering to Wine Country

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Top wine country catering tends to require a little more creativity than a few shrimp on a simple silver platter. Catered food should do more than just fill you up. […] ?>

Laguna Canyon Winery

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Did you know there is an award-winning, 2,500 case winery in Laguna Beach, California? I do now, and so should you! ?>

Salmon Picatta Served with Risotto Cakes

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Yummy recipe for Salmon Piccata with Risotto Cakes from Lombardis Italian Restaurant one of the best restaurants in the City of Everett, WA (the largest city in Snohomish County, about […] ?>

Wine Trippin’ in Ventura County, California

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When you can just hop in the car for a short drive from the LA, Inland Empire or San Diego area, experience year round temps in the 70′s, and take […] ?>

Spas, Mineral Soaks and Desert Hot Springs

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Its a shame that not much has been written about Desert Hot Springs near Palm Springs, CA. I am not sure if those who know about it dont want others […] ?>

A Recipe for Temecula Wine Country Radio Interview

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Linda Kissam interviewed on Big Blend Radio about her new book. The cookbook was conceived by the authors to celebrate the luscious foods and premium wines of the beautiful Temecula […] ?>

Finding the Perfect Wedding Site in San Diego

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The search for the perfect wedding site in San Diego is over! ?>

A Day at Le Cuvier Winery in Paso Robles, CA

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One of the treats of visiting the Far Out Wineries group in Paso Robles, CA Wine Country is finding that one very special, family owned, small lot undiscovered gem of […] ?>

Destination ~ South Park, San Diego

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I love finding the hidden jewels of big city destinations, how about you? It’s great fun to immerse yourself in the unsung areas that don’t have big promotional budgets to […] ?>

Couples Northwest Getaway

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Our flight from San Diego to Seattle was on time, we found our ride without issue, and we were being whisked away on a beautiful sunny Seattle day by EastSide […] ?>

Wine Trippin in Laguna Beach, California

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There’s nothing better than good wine. Then again, there’s really nothing more inspiring than great art. But if you think about it, what could be better than an amazing hotel […] ?>

Italian Sausage Soup and Chateau Julien Merlot

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Heres a yummy fall pairing youre sure to love. The sausage soup is to die for and when paired with the Chateau Julien affordable ($15) 2009 Barrel Select Merlot we […] ?>

IFWTWA Blog Posts


Welcome new member Columbia Hilen

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The Board of Directors welcome new member Columbia Hilen of Brinlack Ireland. Before entering the photojournalism sector, she worked in the non-profit sector, including working with womens’ groups in Washington […]

Welcome new member Jennifer Dombrowski

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The IFWTWA Board of Directors welcome new member Jennifer Dombrowski of Prata di Pordenone, Italy.  Jdomb’s Travels is her world travel blog geared toward independent travelers. Jennifer Dombrowski and Tim […]

Welcome new member Jane Bonacci

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The Board of Directors cordially welcomes new member Jane Bonacci from Pleasanton, Ca.  Jane has  been writing The Heritage Cook for three years. Prior to that she worked  various positions in […]

Welcome new member Lori K. Baker

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The Board of Directors welcome new member Lori K. Baker from Meza, AZ. Lori is an award-winning journalist and nationally published writer with more than two decades of experience. Her  work has […]

Welcome new member Jason Adamson

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The Board of Directors welcome new member Jason Adamson from Osaka, Japan. Originally from Australia now living in Japan Jason is passionate about food &  drink. He is an avid […]

Welcome Associate Member Jessica Lani Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii

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The Board of directors is excited to welcome Associate Member Jessica Lani Rich of the Vistor Aloha Society of Hawaii. The mission of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii is […]

Welcome Associate Member Bridget Cloud of The Ehrhardt Group

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The Board welcomes new Associate Member Bridget Cloud of The Ehrhardt Group out of New orleans, LA.  A New Orleans-native, Bridget Cloud is an account executive at The Ehrhardt Group, specializing in […]

Welcome new Australasia Student Member Melinda Hammond

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The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the  newest  Australasia Student Member, Melinda Hammond of Pallarenda, QLD, Australia. Referred by Graeme Kemlo, Melinda is a full time writer who […]

Welcome new Student Member Adrienne Lotson

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The Board of Directors  welcomes new Student Member Adrienne Lotson from New York, NY. Adrienne is attending City University of New York Graduate Center.  She expects to graduate May 2014.

Welcome new member Sandra Richardson

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Welcome new member Sandra Richardson, aka Zandi from Ranchos de Taos, NM. She has written a fashion column (paid position) for 3 years for Taos independent paper, The Horsefly.SHe has […]

Welcome new member Marco Giovanetti

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The Board of Directors is pleased to introduce you to new member Marco Giovanetti from Quebec, Canada. Marco has been a wine enthusiast and amateur for the last 15 years. […]

Welcome new member Julie Cohn

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The Board of Directors welcomes new member Julie Cohn from Anthem, AZ. Julie is the writer, editor, and publisher for A Little Bite of Life, an online cooking, travel, and […]

Welcome new member Christopher J. Davies

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The Board welcomes new member Christopher J. Davies from Erie, CO. Christopher  is a native of New York, now based near Boulder, Colorado. He has had a successful career in […]

Welcome new member Beebe Bahrami

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The Board of Directors welcomes new member Beebe Bahrami from Ocean City, NJ. Beebe is  a professional writer passionate for European and Mediterranean cultures. She is widely published in travel, food and […]

Welcome new member Carol Blakeslee

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Welcome new member Carolyn Blakeslee of Anthony, FL. Carolyn has been a magazine and book publisher since 1986, a wine and food writer  since 1993 and a wine blogger since 2011. Because […]