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Out of Town: A Day Exploring Temecula’s Wine Country

A view of the Hart Family Vineyards

Last year, I finally took advantage of the opportunity to visit Temecula’s Wine Country. With iPods loaded with crazy throwback tunes, playlists roaring and near perfect weather, my friends and I hit the open road on our way through the hills to Temecula. What was I expecting upon arriving? To be honest, I had no idea. I had been to Stone Brewing Company the previous year so the scenery I was looking for was similar to that. Desert hillsides lined with sparse greenery, palm trees and a lot of rocky soil. As we approached the "Welcome to Temecula" sign, we drove past gorgeous housing communities and neighborhoods, which had me scratching my head. Okay... so, where is wine country? [...]

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Quick Pour: Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Moldova)

Chateau Vartely Sauv Blanc 2014

This unique find is pale green in color and exhibits fresh and lively character enhanced by green apple and citrus juice notes. It shows off subtle tropical notes that flaunts its elegant structure in an Old World style with a crisp and slight tart, yet clean, finish. It's incredibly refreshing and one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs to date [...]

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 3

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Our third day in Portland featured lots of walking, but the thing with Portland is that everything is really walkable. We walked from our hotel in downtown pioneer district all the way to Mississippi district and we still only walked about 3 miles, never in dangerous areas. So we learned that you can walk from downtown to Mississippi district, but you will be walking for a long time if you do. We eventually made it to what turned out to be one of my favorite places in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. Ecliptic Brewing Company 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 Well, it’s certainly out there but I suspect that is how they like it. Ecliptic featured some of the best beer …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 2

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Day 2 of my Portland trip featured more of the same from day #1… great food and great beer. After an amazing breakfast featuring a chorizo burrito and French toast with huckleberry jam at Tasty n Alder, and great coffee at Barista, we headed over the bridge into East Portland to see what this area had to offer. The first place we hit was Burnside Brewery. Burnside Brewery 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 So we started off the day here and I thought it would be a great idea to get a taster tray of all their beer. Turns out, that might not have been the best idea. Their taster tray consisted of 18-4 oz taster (in case …

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 1

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I know it’s been a while since I wrote anything, and there’s a ton to tell about Virginia craft beer. But for now, I’m in Portland with the wife for spring break so I only thought it appropriate to write about my experiences at the many, many amazing breweries out in the Pacific Northwest. My first day featured visits to Voodoo Doughnut, Deschutes, Fat Head’s, 10 Barrel, and Rogue Public House. Voodoo Doughnut 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 OK, so this place is probably touristy as hell, but it was amazing. It’s a tiny little doughnut shop that accepts cash only but the doughnuts are incredible. I got the pot hole, which was a bar doughnut with chocolate …

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Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

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This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, …

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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

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Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout

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And on the 12th day, one of my all-time favorite stouts. And on the 12th day, one of my all-time favorite stouts. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 12: Bell’s Expedition Stout 2015-12-23 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Bell's Expedition Stout - 98 98 98 Points Bell's Expedition Stout is a perfect balance of big, dark malts, subtle hoppiness, and smooth milky mouthfeel. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling

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With just one day left, Boulevard’s staple IPA makes an appearance. With just one day left, Boulevard's staple IPA makes an appearance. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 11: Boulevard The Calling 2015-12-23 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Boulevard The Calling - 87 87 87 Points Boulevard's big, bitter, resiny IPA is surprisingly light-bodied and drinkable User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA

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On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. On the 10th day, an IPA from one of my favorite San Diego breweries. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 10: AleSmith IPA 2015-12-20 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review AleSmith IPA - 93 93 93 Points AleSmith's IPA is a juicy, piney, resinous treat. User Rating: Be the first one !

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