Linda Kissam

Linda Kissam is a professional travel, food, and wine writer based out of Southern California. 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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www.AllinGoodTaste.info
www.aRecipeForTemeculaWineCountry.com
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http://www.WineFoodExplorer.com
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http://luxebeatmag.com/
http://www.jetsetextra.com/linda-kissam

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


Taste the Place: Pizzeria Mozza, San Diego

Taste the Place: Pizzeria Mozza, San Diego

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by —   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

by — 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

by —   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

by — 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

by — 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

by —   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

by — 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

by —   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

by —   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

by —   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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by —   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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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?

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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

by — 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. […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/the-wines-amp-treasures-of

Discovering a Sensual Czech Republic

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/09/27/discovering-a-sensual-czech-republic/

The Las Vegas Wow Experience!

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vacationstationmagazine.com/LasVegasExperience.html

Couples Getaway: Artist Retreat Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/07/06/couples-getaway-artist-retreat-dorland-mountain-arts-colony/

Spring Break in So-Cal Wine Country

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/The-Wine-Buzzzz/spring-break.htm

Great Food, Wine and Music in Trendy Julian, California

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vagobond.com/great-food-wine-music-in-trendy-julian-california-a-magnificent-four-season-mountain-town/

Off the Beaten Track Vacation in Irvine, California

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://vacationstationmagazine.com/DestinationIrvine.html

Destination ~ Warner Springs, CA

by — 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 […]

Missouri Wines & Recipe for “Missouri Meatballs”

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/dining/feature-1614491.php

Wine Trippin In Rockland, Maine

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=898

Slim Man, Thornton Winerys Michel Demma

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wellness/2011/10/17/slim-man-thornton-winery%e2%80%99s-michel-demma/

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

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/wine-tasting-santa

Discovering a Sensual Czech Republic

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.thewealthytraveller.com/article/1678476.html

Riding the Branyon Back Country Trail in Orange Beach, Alabama

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.trazzler.com/trips/hugh-s-branyon-back-country-trail-in-orange-beach-al-36561-3974

Bordeaux & Bordeaux Sup’erieur Wines

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.temeculanightout.com/blog/36072/womens-wine-council

For All My Princesses

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/blog/2010/4/21/for-all-my-princesses.html

Wine Tasting Etiquette

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/08/01/wine-tasting-etiquette/

Wine Trippin’ In Mid Coast Maine

by — 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.
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/Vacation-Station/June-26-10.mp3

Terra dOro Wines

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/10/11/terra-d%e2%80%99oro-wines-a-womens-wine-council-review/

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

by — 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) […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/wine-tasting-santa-1

Southern California Wine Travel

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vagobond.com/southern-california-wine-travel/

Finding Your Pink Moment in Ojai, California

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.trazzler.com/trips/wachter-kim-owner-the-day-spa-of-ojai-in-ojai-ca

Free Wine App is Noteworthy

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/05/18/free-wine-ap-is-noteworthy/

Girls Night Out

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/the-wine-chixs/2010/4/6/the-wine-chix-aprilmay.html

Chef Michael Cragg: Catering to Wine Country

by — 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. […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/08/17/chef-michael-cragg-catering-to-wine-country/

The Local Wine Buzz – July 2010 Edition

by — 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, […]
Published Article: http://www.valleybusinessjournal.com/arts-dining-a-entertainment/279-the-local-wine-buzz

Salmon Picatta Served with Risotto Cakes

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.examiner.com/chef-recipes-in-riverside/salmon-picatta-served-with-risotto-cakes

The Wines of Ojai

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/the-wine-chixs/

Spas, Mineral Soaks and Desert Hot Springs

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wellness/2012/03/02/spas-mineral-soaks-and-desert-hot-springs/

The Business Side of Being a Vintner

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.onthescenenow.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=171%3Athe-business-side-of-being-a-vintner&catid=57%3Awine-country&Itemid=204&lang=en

Lobster Salad

by — Delicious Lobster Salad from Executive Chef Steve Pickell, Temecula Wine Country, So-Cal
Published Article: http://www.TheWineBuzzzz.com

A Day at Le Cuvier Winery in Paso Robles, CA

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-day-at-le-cuvier-winery-in-paso-robles-ca-2011-6

Meet Mr. Smooth ~ 2007 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/meet_mr_smooth_2007_chappellet_mountain_cuvee

Couples Northwest Getaway

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/08/11/couples-northwest-getaway-seattle-wa/

Laguna Canyon Winery

by — Did you know there is an award-winning, 2,500 case winery in Laguna Beach, California? I do now, and so should you!
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/laguna_canyon_winery_article

Italian Sausage Soup and Chateau Julien Merlot

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/11/09/chateau-julien-2009-barrel-select-merlot/

Wine Trippin’ in Ventura County, California

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/The-Wine-Buzzzz/wine-trippin-Ventura.htm

Mexican Terroir Wines Paired with Tortilla Soup

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinechixs.com/?p=845

A Recipe for Temecula Wine Country Radio Interview

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.eatdrinkbemerrymagazine.com/LKissamFeb4-2011.mp3

Finding the Perfect Wedding Site in San Diego

by — The search for the perfect wedding site in San Diego is over!
Published Article: http://www.TheWineBuzzzz.com

Teaching Children to Eat Well

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/gourmet/2011/06/08/teaching-our-children-to-eat-well/

Destination ~ South Park, San Diego

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=610#more-610

Road Trip! San Diego to Sonoma

by — 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, […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/tag/cityroom-travel/

Wine Trippin in Laguna Beach, California

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/The-Wine-Buzzzz/wine-trippin-Laguna.htm

Dunning Vineyards Wine Review

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/12/02/dunning-vineyards-wine-review/

Big Blend Radio Interview – Ventura Wine Country

by — Big Blend Radio – Linda Kissam was a featured guest on Champagne Sundays on October 17, 2010 talking about the emerging Ventura County wine district.
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/Champagne-Sundays/LKissam10-17-2010.mp3

Picturesque Nova Scotia Canadas Winery Wonderland

by — 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, […]
Published Article: http://www.vagobond.com/picturesque-nova-scotia-canadas-photographer-wonderland/

Wine Trippin’ Santa Rita Hills Style

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://eatdrinkbemerrymagazine.com/SantaRitaHills.html

Lorimar Winery Opens In Old Town Temecula

by — Two cool brother-in-laws realize the start of their winery dream.
Published Article: http://www.TheWineBuzzzz.com

Men’s Wine Council Review for Folie a Deux Wines

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/06/10/folie-a-deux-wines-a-mens-wine-council-review-recipe-for-mead/

Fly In ~ To So-Cal Wine Country

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/fly-in-to-socal-wine-country

Big Blend Radio Interview ~ Laguna Beach, California Style

by — 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.
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/Champagne-Sundays/LKissam7-25-10.mp3

A Tasty Napa Christmas

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/12/14/a-tasty-napa-christmas/

Wine Tasting, Nova Scotia Style

by — 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, […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/wine_tasting_nova_scotia

Ginger-Lime Shrimp Salad and Moscato Allegro

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinechixs.com/?p=884

Santa Rita Hills Wines

by — Linda Kissam was interviewed on Big Blend Radio on February 27, 2011 about the wineries in the Santa Rita Hills.
Published Article: http://eatdrinkbemerrymagazine.com/LKissam2-27-2011.mp3

The Local Wine Buzz-February 2010

by — Old Town Temecula’s wine district features new tasting room
Published Article: http://www.TheWineBuzzzz.com

Missouri Wines

by — 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. […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/06/06/missouri-wines/

Keyways Welcomes New Winemaker

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=660#more-660

A Taste of St. Augustine, Florida

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/10/01/a-taste-of-st-augustine-florida/

Rockland, Maine – The Best Wine Vacation Ever

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/The-Wine-Buzzzz/Rockland-Maine-Best-Vacation.htm

Iron Skillet Cornbread with Honey Lavender Butter

by — 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, […]
Published Article: http://www.examiner.com/chef-recipes-in-riverside/iron-skillet-cornbread

Wine Tasting Tips With Linda Kissam

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://youtu.be/Bjb_o2VvbbA

The Business Side of Being a Chef

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://bit.ly/hlYsQg

Annual Grape Stomp at Orfila Vineyards & Winery

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=372#more-372

Couples Getaway: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/06/21/couples-getaway-lake-of-the-ozarks-missouri/

2008 Gioia Paso Robles Zin!

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=648#more-648

Small Lot Wines + The Perfect Wine! = Perfection!

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/small_lot_wines_robert_ramsay_cellars

International Wine Travel: Eco Tourism in the South of France

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vagobond.com/international-wine-travel-eco-tourism-in-the-south-of-france/

In The Pink Moment

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.neighborsnewspaper.com/lifestyle/ourdoors/546-in-the-pink-moment-a-visit-to-ojai-valley

Milagro Farms Vineyards & Winery

by — 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 & […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/the-wine-chixs/2011/4/7/the-wine-chixs-april-may-2011.html

Meet the Executive Chef

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=352

Meet the Twins

by — 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. […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/meet_the_twins

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

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/09/29/pomegranate-wines-tart-sassy-oh-so-21st-century/

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/new-zealand-sauvignon-blanc

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

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.examiner.com/chef-recipes-in-riverside/death-by-chocolate-cupcakes-a-cupcake-wars-wanta-be-1

The Southern Spirit of St. Simons Island, Georgia

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/the-southern-spirit-of-st

Enchanting Milagro Farms Vineyards & Winery

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.eatdrinkbemerrymagazine.com/MilagroFarms.html

Caffe Primo is Neighborhood Favorite

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=164#more-164

Spotlight on Temecula Creek Inn’s Executive Chef Salvatore Giuliano

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/gourmet/

Meet Mr Balanced

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=691#more-691

Traditional Czech Garlic Soup

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/gourmet/2011/09/27/traditional-czech-garlic-soup/

Wine, Art & Waves

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/the-wine-chixs/2010/8/3/the-wine-chix-for-august-september.html

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

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wellness/2011/12/28/the-spa-ahhh-experience-aji-spa-phoenix-arizona/

Holiday Side Dishes & Today’s Wine Picks

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/wine-chixs/2010/12/6/holiday-side-dishes-todays-wine-picks.html

Slow Food Sets a Delicious Pace

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://eatdrinkbemerrymagazine.com/SlowFoodSetsADeliciousPace.html

The Business Side of Supporting Creativity

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.thebusinesscene.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=93&Itemid=241

Summertime in Wine Country

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=704#more-704

Discovering the Spirit & Style of Oklahoma City

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/travel/2011/10/04/discovering-the-spirit-style-of-oklahoma-city/

Wine Tasting ~ Western Washington Style

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.bigblendmagazine.com/The-Wine-Buzzzz/wine-trippin-Washington.htm

Chefs Recipes: Pan Seared Halibut with Cherry and Poblano Salsa

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/gourmet/2012/01/05/chefs-recipes-pan-seared-halibut-with-cherry-and-poblano-salsa/

Exploring Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://vacationstationmagazine.com/GulfShoresAlabama.html

The Casino High Life

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=1577

Fallbrook, CA Makes A Unique Summertime Destination

by — 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. […]
Published Article: http://thewinebuzzzz.com/?p=509

Sip, Swirl, Certify

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.businessinsider.com/sip-swirl-certify-sustainability-in-practice-eco-wine-certification-2011-7

What’s New In Temecula Wine Country?

by — 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
Published Article: http://blendradioandtv.com/Vacation-Station/JUne4-2010LKissam.mp3

Salmon with spicy honey sauce and Loredona Riesling

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.examiner.com/chef-recipes-in-riverside/salmon-with-spicy-honey-sauce-and-loredona-riesling

Wineries, Ferries & Amazing Lodging — Seattle Style

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/wineries-ferries-amp-amazing

Chinese New Year Dumplings (Jiaozi)

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://awareness.bliss.com/2012/01/24/chinese-new-year-dumplings-jiaozi-2012-year-of-the-dragon/

Big Blend Radio Interview- Gulf Shores, Alabama

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://vacationstationmagazine.com/LKissam1-10-2011.mp3

Citizen’s Guide to California Wine Country: Temecula Valley

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/wine-chixs/2011/4/18/citizens-guide-to-california-wine-country-temecula-valley.html

Sip, Savor & Sleep Over Amongst the Vines

by — 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? […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/sip_savor_and_sleep_over_amongst_the_vines

A Memorable Wine Adventure/ Rutherford Dust Society Cabernet Tasting

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2011/07/26/a-memorable-wine-adventure-rutherford-dust-society-cabernet-tasting/

Wine Adventure on the High Seas

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.allvineyards.com/authors/linda_kissam/article/high_seas_wine_adventure

A Chef, a Fish, and a Slim Man.

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/CityRoom-Now/2011/10/a-chef-a-fish-and-a-slim-man/

Wine Tasting, Ventura County, California Style

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/wine-tasting-ventura-county

Affordably Good Wines with Unique Names and Labels

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.cityroom.com/stories/wine/2012/01/26/affordably-good-wines-with-unique-names-and-labels/

The Wine Chixs Blog

by — Check out Linda’s daily blog on the finer things in life: food, wine, and shopping!
Published Article: http://www.vinetimesonline.com/wine-chixs/

Temecula Old Town Wine Walk Tour

by — 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 […]
Published Article: http://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/temecula-5648.html

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 […]