Love Is a Wee Dram

The Barrel Room Edradour Scotland

If you love a good single malt scotch, a trip to Scotland’s Whisky Trail should definitely be on your travel bucket list. (By the way, they spell it without the e, as in “whisky”.)  The cheery, friendly (and dare I say quirky?) people of the Highlands are extraordinary folk and after a thousand years of

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The Wines of Burgundy

Chassagne Montrachet Burgundy France

  What is a “White Burgundy”?  For that matter, what exactly is a red Burgundy wine?  We visited Cote de Beaune recently, in the heart of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) and I learned something new: While true, its a bit over-simplistic to state that a Burgundy wine is simply a wine from Burgundy.  In fact, it

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Piri-Piri

piri-piri chicken

We had been in Portugal less than 48 hours when I discovered a new favorite food: anything flavored with the Portuguese spice, piri-piri (also known as “peri-peri”).  Like my daughter Kate, when I find something I love, I eat it constantly until I get tired of it, so my husband (the Chef) is now whipping

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Another Winery Crawl: The Yarra Valley, Australia

Morning in the Yarra Valley Australia-2

Thanks to a birthday gift from our daughter, Kate, we headed out to the Yarra Valley wine region last week for yet another winery crawl.  Here are some notes from our trip on wines, food, where to stay, etc. Wines: The Yarra Valley is a cool climate, so the wines are markedly different than the

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Small Wine Producers: The Best of Australia’s Hunter Valley

Tyrrells, one of the larger of the small wine producers in the Hunter Valley

  The Hunter Valley wine region is an easy drive from Sydney, so after a few days in the city, we headed out for our first visit to some “cellar doors” (the Australian term for a winery).  The Hunter is a beautiful area with gently rolling hills flanked by mountains to the North and West. 

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