Viking River Cruises – Cruising Portugal Douro Valley

[I was invited to experience Viking River Cruises. I chose Portugal’s Douro Valley. My airfare and cruise were paid for. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own, always are and always will be.] Vine roots in Portugal's Douro Region grow deep. Driving into the rock and soil taking hold as deep as 30 feet. I imagine like most roots, they … [Read more...]

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J’adore #60 (Food and Beverage Edition 2)

I feel like I could write a food and drink focused J’adore every single week! And I cannot believe this is only the second edition for food and beverages! The benefit of being a lifestyle blogger focused on food and travel is that I often get to try out or learn about new products on a very frequent basis. I would love to travel every week, but I’ve got a full-time corporate gig so that isn’t … [Read more...]

My Gourmet Mini-Meals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lesley Stowe Fine Foods. In the Misadventures household my hubby does all the cooking. I know, so, so, so LUCKY! Except when he is on a business trip, like this past week and I am left to fend for myself! Don't get me wrong, I can cook, and before I met my husband I did a lot of it, but after 12 years of not doing any, I just don't bother.  … [Read more...]

My Weekend Routine

We do a fair amount of traveling in the Misadventures household. I usually attend at least one local food or travel event during the week and I go to restaurants (or take out from them) for lunch everyday and the hubby and I eat out for dinner a couple of times a week. But when it comes to the weekend, unless I am off exploring, my routine is pretty consistent. Refined over many years, Mr. … [Read more...]

From HFWF14 – Kermit Lynch

Kermit Lynch is a Berkeley icon.  A San Francisco Bay Area icon.  A wine icon. So with Bruce Neyers of Kermit Lynch as host/panelist for the Masters of Chardonnay session at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, it was my civic (Berkeley) duty to attend! Steadfastly stubborn in his opinion on Italian and French wines being the best in the world, there are no other varietals of wine in his … [Read more...]

From HFWF14 – Colgin Cellars

Colgin Cellars is one of those elusive wineries in Napa Valley.  A vineyard with history, a winemaker with passion, and limited supply.  They produce just shy of 3000 cases a year, half of them sold to wine club members (there is a 3-year waiting list) and half of it sold to restaurants, including a handful of 2 and 3 Michelin starred ones in France. It is elusive and exclusive. At its helm … [Read more...]

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Hawaii – Volcano Winery

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area with famous wine neighbors like Napa and Sonoma it is easy to take wineries for granted. And although there are wineries in every state now (really, I looked it up) that doesn't always mean they are good! So when I received my itinerary for my trip to Hawaii and saw Volcano Winery on it, I was definitely curious.  However, you only have to spend a few days … [Read more...]

Jakuchu Museum And Wine Shop at Nishiki Market

While walking through the centuries old market area in Kyoto's Nishiki Market when stumbled upon a time warp.  Crammed in among fish mongers, tamago chefs and vegetable hawkers is a tiny wine bar and museum colorfully claiming its presence. [In all honesty I do not know if this is the accurate name for the shop, it was on FourSquare geo-located to the spot I was standing with no other winebars … [Read more...]

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Wine Travel Advice for the Wine Snob in You

[Post written by Laura Gavin, images curated by me.] There are people in life that won’t settle for any old tat. They want the best. As a result, they read blogs, magazines, and reviews, etc. so that they can cut to the chase, enjoy the best of something and then move on to the next good thing. This is the case with some wine lovers, who don’t want to reach a destination only to find that the … [Read more...]

Sonoma Wine Harvest with Friends

This time last year I did my first wine harvest and had such fond memories of the day that when our friends invited us again, Mr. Misadventures and I jumped at the chance.  The process of picking the grapes and following the steps to get it to barrel is fascinating and gives me a greater appreciation for every sip of wine I enjoy, particularly when it is a friend's wine that I have had a hand … [Read more...]