Boulder, Colorado is having another busy wedding season, and Vino Valentine wine shop owner Parker Valentine is hoping to step into the marriage industry with her specialty wine labels. So, Parker is more than happy to provide the wines for her cousin’s upcoming wedding, even though wedding planner Prynne Pearsall seems to be prioritizing her own goals over the wishes of the bride.
Blueberry wine is becoming increasingly popular among consumers. We are used to drinking red and white wine made from grapes as our only beverage. Recently, despite not being as widely known as grape-based wines, blueberry wines have gained popularity.
People in the Central Valley are odd when it comes to their perceptions about the Valley. This is an area where the youth beg to leave to experience life whether it be going to college, traveling, finding a career, and the list goes on. They have good reasons to depart, and no one really enjoys the heat much. But yet, at the same time, no matter how long people are a way from the area, people always find a way to come back. Whether to visit or move back. The famous line is true, “There’s no place like home.” And for Demetrius Porter, he would agree.
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Blame it on an itch! When Norrie tried to scratch it, she ended up volunteering to be on Catherine Trobert’s subcommittee for WOW, Wineries of the West. Norrie was not going to be alone with Catherine, who tirelessly tries to set Norrie up with her son Steven, so a well-place kick landing on her friend Theo’s ankle, and the group became three.
Hanford and environs can be a bit quirky. Having grown up here, I’ve seen it evolve – and devolve at times – from only locally-owned restaurants and cafes to a glut of chain eateries while mom-and-pop places struggle to survive. But thankfully, we do have some interesting and unique places to go where good food can be found.
Monet's Cafe, the small but magical bistro-style restaurant of Exeter, offers refinement, culture, and art inspired by the greatest European cities. Its proprietor, sweet-natured Jen Davis, has the eye of an artist, the managerial grace of a symphony conductor, and the humility to realize how blessed she is. It's no wonder we love to go there again and again.
Springtime descends upon the Valley in a storm of pink and white petals as March showers gives way to the legendary Blossom Trail. And Sanger’s Kings River Winery is gearing up for wine-tasting season as the weather warms and memories of winter are shaken off like dripping umbrellas.
Rudy Kurniawan was a wealthy 20- year-old from California with a fondness for wine when he first started rubbing elbows with the high rollers at wine auctions. As one collector remembers him, he was “just a geeky kid drinking Merlot.”
I became interested in the forging of wine after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal. I grew obsessed and researched every article I could find about the theft and counterfeiting of everything from low-end table wine to more expensive wine.
Enjoy some wine related mysteries for your New Year's Eve reading-Full Bodied Murder: A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery by Christine E. Blum, The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby, and A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery by Nancy Parra.