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St. Barths – French Island of Pirates, Swedes & hella good Wine

Somewhere around March your endurance for winter becomes a fine thread ready to snap. The ache for sunshine and warm feet sends me into the arms of the island of Saint Barthélemy. It is French owned and affectionately known as St. Barths in the Caribbean. Only 8 miles long, you can travel by car from one end to the other in 20 minutes. But to reach the island requires a touch of bravery. You fly into St. Maarten next door…

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Oregon Wine Trail

I have sipped my way through my luggage wine stores from France and must replenish. When a working trip to Oregon came up, I knew it was the perfect time to sneak in a day in Pinot Noir country. Willamatte Valley is quickly becoming known as the best U.S. grower of Pinot Noir. But with only one day to capitalize and a strict budget, it needed to be a mission of the surgical strike variety. After extensive research, I ended…

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Bordeaux, the Right Side

Just north of Bordeaux is another famous city, Saint-Émilion. This right bank wonder has prehistoric roots and in the 8th century was named after a travelling confessor monk. We can thank his monks for the bountiful wine in the area. We stopped in Saint-Émilion for lunch and wandered, ice cream in hand, around its streets marveling at the Romanesque churches and the many wine shops. In fact, one shop was selling a grape vine starter kit. Grow your own wine…

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