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March 16, 1986 | By Joyce Winslow, Special to The Inquirer
If you're planning a tour of Virginia's wine country, you'll want to do your wine tasting on a full stomach. You'll also want a cozy and comfortable place to sleep. What follows, then, is a short guide to attractive eating and lodging facilities in the Middleburg area. One of the best restaurants for tasting Virginia wines is Leathercoat in The Plains, at Loudoun and Stuart Streets (703-471-5327), not far from the wineries mentioned. You can taste more than 10 wines by the glass.
NEWS
February 2, 1992 | By Donald D. Groff, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
We're taking a group to San Francisco and are seeking information on tours to the wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties. Where can we find out about them? J.H., Havertown. Wine-country tours attract millions of people each year, many just driving themselves from vineyard to vineyard. Then there are the van and bus tours, and even a few horse-drawn wagon or stagecoach tours. Among touring companies: HMS tours, 1057 College Ave., No. 206, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95404; phone 800-367-5348.
FOOD
August 5, 1990 | By Joyce Gemperlein, Special to the Inquirer
It's high season for wine country tours - buses full of out-of-towners visiting vineyard tasting rooms - and Hideko Sugiyama might do well to think about investing in running shoes. She rushes from table to table, delivering glasses of her company's product to visitors. First, she brings a chilled glass of the brew. After that comes a warm sample. Wait a minute. What's the gimmick? Now they're pushing heated wine in one of the nation's most celebrated wine regions? Well, yes and no. The liquid that Sugiyama proffers every day at her work at Kohnan Inc.'s Napa tasting room is not the typical wine of the area.
NEWS
February 22, 2009 | By Emily Ward FOR THE INQUIRER
My boyfriend, Thomas, and I were vacillating on whether to stay an extra day at Jele's sobe, or guesthouse, in Dubrovnik, but it turned out to be the most magical day of our two weeks floating along the Dalmatian coast. I struck up a conversation with a young girl, a native of Croatia, who raved about her day-long adventure over the rocky coastline and valleys of Croatia's wine region, the Peljesac peninsula. Croatia has a thriving wine region, and you can drive there for the day - who knew?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2010 | By MICHELLE LOCKE, For the Associated Press
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. - Think a winery visit means bellying up to a bar with a couple of glasses and a spit bucket? You haven't been to wine country lately. These days you're likely to find all kinds of added attractions, from restaurants to farmers' markets to cocktail bars. And then there's Francis Ford Coppola's latest venture which, once construction is complete, will include a swimming pool. The idea is to create something more than just another stop on the wine trail at a time when competition for shrinking tourist dollars is fierce.
FOOD
October 24, 1990 | By Richard Kleiman, Special to The Inquirer
It took Gerald Forest and his family 14 years of pressing grapes to move their bottom line from red to black. The Forests planted their first grape vines in Buckingham, Bucks County, in 1966. Today, the Forest family grosses more than $400,000 annually selling 12 wine varieties - all priced at $4.75 a bottle or $42 a case. The wine is sold from their lone outlet, the Buckingham Valley Vineyard and Winery, on 42 acres near New Hope. "We've sold every bottle of (mature)
NEWS
November 27, 1994 | By Judi Dash, FOR THE INQUIRER
Just spinning your wheels? This is the place to do it - on a bike trip through California's wine country, with tastings at vineyards along the route. And Healdsburg, a small agricultural town 70 miles north of San Francisco and nestled smack-dab in the middle of the vine-rich Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys, is the perfect pedaling-off point. Though less famous than the Napa and Sonoma wine lands to the south, this tri-valley region also is less tourist-trampled.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2001 | By Robert Strauss FOR THE INQUIRER
Franklin Salek tends to his vineyard with paternalistic care. He wades through muck after a summer rain to make sure every branch, every leaf is secure, nourished and thriving, the better to make a grand wine. The retired engineering professor could be doing this in California's Napa Valley or near the Loire River in France, but he does it in what he thinks is another, more underrated, wine-making region of the world - rural South Jersey. "When you think of it, it is much like Bordeaux," said Salek, whose winery and vineyard, Sylvin, is in Atlantic County.
NEWS
September 19, 2010
Coolest Small Towns in America Based on 439,411 votes on an online poll by Budget Travel magazine: 1. Ely , Minn. pop. 3,470; The best backyard in the country . 2. Cloverdale , Calif. pop. 6,716; Wine country without the fuss . 3. Brevard , N.C. pop. 6,716; Blue Ridge views, Appalachian pride . 4. Saugatuck , Mich. pop. 954; A lake town where time stands still. pop. 5,273; Where everyone roots for the home team . 6. Bandon , Ore. pop. 3,295; A farm-to-table coast . 7. Cuero , Texas pop. 6,571; Old West meets modern art . 8. Nyack , N.Y. pop. 6,737; Creativity 9. Medicine Park , Okla.
NEWS
October 28, 2012
When it comes to white wines, New York - especially the Finger Lakes - makes some of the best in America. But Long Island's North Fork is coming on strong, too, as evidenced by this pinot blanc from Lieb Family Cellars, the 20-year-old pioneer founded by Mark and Kathy Lieb, who decided California's wine country wasn't for them after experiencing an earthquake. It turns out that some of their 62 vineyard acres on the North Fork are ideal for producing a crisp rendition of this Alsatian grape.
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FOOD
January 24, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Whenever I get the chance to travel to Northern California, there is always great wine. But San Francisco and the nearby wine country, of course, also serve up some of America's best dining - typically the kind setting trends that Philadelphians might see in a year (or two). That gap may be closing, though, based on some of the highlights from my brief eating stops in San Francisco on the way to Sonoma. The fermentation craze (kimchi-pickled everything), local ingredients, craft cocktails, artisanal coffee, and small plates we have.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
At Invisible Sentinel, a biotech company in West Philadelphia where scientists each day conduct the serious business of trying to ensure a safer food supply, this is a day for raising a celebratory glass. Wine would be the appropriate libation. The seven-year-old start-up in University City Science Center is announcing Monday a partnership that will broaden its focus beyond food - to protecting wine from what some consider a taste-spoiler. The 17-employee company is pairing with Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County, Calif., to develop a rapid diagnostic to detect brettanomyces, a nemesis to some vintners.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're looking for something to do on a summer weekend, a road trip through South Jersey's expanding wine country can lead to a surprisingly enlightening adventure. There is an increasingly broad and occasionally quite impressive selection of wines in South Jersey, from the well-known fruit wines (after all, Jersey is known for its blueberries!) to dry whites and reds that have garnered serious attention in the national press. More than a dozen of these wine growers have opened inviting tasting rooms as a way to encourage visitors to socialize and sample their products, before deciding what to buy. Three such wineries are Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, Sharrott Winery in Winslow Township, and Valenzano Winery in Shamong.
NEWS
October 28, 2012
When it comes to white wines, New York - especially the Finger Lakes - makes some of the best in America. But Long Island's North Fork is coming on strong, too, as evidenced by this pinot blanc from Lieb Family Cellars, the 20-year-old pioneer founded by Mark and Kathy Lieb, who decided California's wine country wasn't for them after experiencing an earthquake. It turns out that some of their 62 vineyard acres on the North Fork are ideal for producing a crisp rendition of this Alsatian grape.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
BUZZ: HEY, Marnie, I had guests over and they gave me a bottle of wine. After they left, I saw it was from the Columbia district in Washington. Should I dump it? How good can it be from that swamp in D.C.? Marnie: Drink it, Buzz, don't waste it. It's from Washington state's Columbia Valley, a region that makes some of the best wines in the country, not the capital's District of Columbia. Buzz: I thought the only good American wines were from California. Marnie: Well, it's true that over 90 percent of premium U.S. wines are made there, but Washington and Oregon make world-class wines too. I love recommending Washington wines in particular due to their fair prices.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Jim Suhr, Associated Press
HERMANN, Mo. - Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold's vineyard in Missouri's picturesque wine country are about two-thirds their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned many crops across the Midwest this summer. Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit's flavors and sugar, which turn to alcohol during fermentation. His red Norton and white Chardonel grapes, while small, hold the promise of standout wine from a region better known for corn and soybeans.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | By Michael Neumerski and FOR THE INQUIRER
My wife, Sally, and I had taken many volunteer adventure trips since our retirement in 2004, but we knew that 12 weeks in South Africa was going to be special, working with disadvantaged kids; touring an exotic country; and taking a real safari. We braced ourselves for the long trip, and we were weary but happy to finally arrive by overnight train in Port Elizabeth, our home for the next month. We soon met Mama Gladys, inspiration, founder, and mother to 30-plus kids at the Door of Hope Orphanage.
TRAVEL
January 22, 2012 | By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Make 2012 your year to visit an eco-friendly destination with your family. Here are five places where green is good: 1. Oregon. This northwestern haven for all things green is possibly the most eco-conscious state in the nation. With more than 300 miles of stunning coastline preserved as public land, families can visit pristine beaches, bike in two-wheel-friendly cities including Portland and Eugene, and raft on wild and scenic rivers. You can also explore high deserts, farm and wine country, and the Columbia River Gorge, all on one grand holiday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2010 | By MICHELLE LOCKE, For the Associated Press
GEYSERVILLE, Calif. - Think a winery visit means bellying up to a bar with a couple of glasses and a spit bucket? You haven't been to wine country lately. These days you're likely to find all kinds of added attractions, from restaurants to farmers' markets to cocktail bars. And then there's Francis Ford Coppola's latest venture which, once construction is complete, will include a swimming pool. The idea is to create something more than just another stop on the wine trail at a time when competition for shrinking tourist dollars is fierce.
NEWS
September 19, 2010
Coolest Small Towns in America Based on 439,411 votes on an online poll by Budget Travel magazine: 1. Ely , Minn. pop. 3,470; The best backyard in the country . 2. Cloverdale , Calif. pop. 6,716; Wine country without the fuss . 3. Brevard , N.C. pop. 6,716; Blue Ridge views, Appalachian pride . 4. Saugatuck , Mich. pop. 954; A lake town where time stands still. pop. 5,273; Where everyone roots for the home team . 6. Bandon , Ore. pop. 3,295; A farm-to-table coast . 7. Cuero , Texas pop. 6,571; Old West meets modern art . 8. Nyack , N.Y. pop. 6,737; Creativity 9. Medicine Park , Okla.
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