Category Archives: Travel

Switzerland. Day 1, October 30, 2014

My plane landed in Zurich at 11am. The airport was interesting: there really are men who look like the figures on beer steins, and there really are men who dress up in leiderhosen and look quite elegant. Refreshing, really. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Switzerland, Travel | Leave a comment

Food pairings: Freixenet’s Cava and other wine

Recently I spent several days exploring Spain’s Cataluña winemaking region. I learned about the region’s famous Freixenet Cava as well as many other beautiful wines being produced there. (This post is Part IV about the visit; other posts’ links are … Continue reading

Posted in Cava, Food, Restaurants, Spain, Tempranillo, Travel | 2 Comments

Catalan cuisine: Cooking with “Chef Isma,” Ismael Prados Soto

What better way to learn about Catalan wines and cuisine than to experience a cooking class? As part of my tour of Cataluña, I did just that. Our guide and chef was the talented “Chef Isma,” Ismael Prados Soto. A … Continue reading

Posted in Alberino, Cava, Food, Spain, Tastings, Tempranillo, Travel | 2 Comments

American Swallow-Tailed Kite

This post has nothing to do with wine, but everything to do with life. Today, as usual, I’m working in my home office—an added-on room with windows on three sides—and rejoicing in the beautiful weather and the views of the … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Music, Travel | 2 Comments

Expanding The Frugal Wine Snob’s Mission

Friends, I’ve been stuck. (Could you tell? No blog posts since January.) Finally figured it out. This blog has grown in TOTALLY unexpected ways (and has grown me as well). Besides being interested in good, affordable wines, for me wine … Continue reading

Posted in France, News, Spain, Travel | 2 Comments

“April in Paris” Wine and Art Tour, April 13-20

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m an enthusiastic traveler. It’s great fun to explore new places, learn about different cultures, and meet new people. Did you know that by traveling you also change the … Continue reading

Posted in France, Travel, Visits to Vineyards/Winemakers | Leave a comment

Turkey, Part One. “Life doesn’t happen by doing the practical, sensible, or reasonable.”

Today, the third Thursday in November, is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Yet on this day of French celebration, all I can think about is Turkey as I unwind from my week-long journey to that country, where I visited the city of … Continue reading

Posted in Awards, Travel, Turkey | 9 Comments

European Wine Bloggers Conference

Well, I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow for the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Izmir, Turkey, of all places. Izmir is on the western edge of Turkey, on the Aegean Sea. I’ll be flying all day and landing at … Continue reading

Posted in Awards, Travel, Visits to Vineyards/Winemakers | 2 Comments

Winemakers’ Dinner, Columbia Gorge

One of the traditions of the Wine Bloggers Conference is the “mystery bus” jaunt. Bloggers bravely board buses, blindfolded. (Not really, just had to get in that alliteration.) All we know is that we are headed to a winery, where … Continue reading

Posted in Barbera, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Ice Wine, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Tastings, Tempranillo, Travel, Uncategorized, Viognier, Visits to Vineyards/Winemakers, Zinfandel | 17 Comments

Montinore Estate, Willamette Valley, 8/16/12

The view from the driveway to Montinore Estate’s winery and tasting room. The Marchesi family’s lovely home. Looks like it’s the Old South, not Oregon! A composite photo of the winery’s entrance. The view from the tasting room. We started … Continue reading

Posted in Gewurztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Oregon, Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris), Riesling, Tastings, Technical Stuff, Travel | Leave a comment