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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer d...

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer day on the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The Hood River bridge and Washington state across from the city are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) that celebrate Oregon’s unique climate and terroir. If you follow my blog, you know that I love “Touring and Tasting” in wine regions around the world. I even write books about Wine Tourism in Italy.

Columbia-River-Gorge-1

Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005)

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found a little slice of heaven in the Pacific Northwest with towering basalt cliffs and magical waterfalls. I spent my Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon. It is located less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge area.

I found a “World of Wine in 40 miles.” The terroir replicates the characteristics and altitude of some of the finest wine regions of Europe. Melt from the glaciers enriched the soil making the Columbia Gorge one of the most “unique and prolific wine-growing regions on Earth.”

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia R...

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia River gorge in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gorge is known for it’s wind; which benefits windsurfers and kiteboarders. The wind also helps the grapes stay healthy. This is considered the world’s best windsurfing destination.

Fun in Hood River

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge ...

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Or...

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within 20 miles, the terroir changes from a rainforest to a desert. This spectrum, coupled with excellent volcanic soil creates micro-climates for growing many varietals. They even grow Morel, Chanterelle and Matsutakes mushrooms in this area. This is an ideal four-season, recreational, Vino con Vista wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, wine enthusiasts and Foodies!

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

My latest adventure brought me to Oregon’s Wine Country where Mount Hood and Mount Adams dominate the scenic landscape in the Columbia Gorge. This glorious destination the largest concentration of high waterfalls in North America. Mount Hood has 6 ski areas and Timberline offers the only year round lift for skiing in North America.

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood...

ASPEN, CO – JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood River, Oregon launches over a gap during practice for Men’s Skiing Slopestyle during Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 28, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood glaciers

Mount Hood glaciers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The region is brimming with outdoor activities and events like:  “White Salmon Backyard Half-Run-Hike”; “Kiteboarding for Cancer”; “Mt. Hood Cycling Classic”; The Hood River “Echelon Gran-Fono” bike race and festival (www.echelongranfondo.org) and the “Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo”. The U.S. Windsurfing National Championships were held in this windsurfing mecca. The local Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting Company recently earned “eco-certification”. The Gorge is a premier venue for Paddleboarding. The Hood River Yacht Club hosts Wednesday night sailboat races. You can even gaze at Mount Hood as you play a round of golf at Indian Creek Golf Course (www.indiancreekgolf.com). If you like food, wine, waterfalls, fun and adventure; head to Hood River Oregon.

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams 3'742m, Washington, USA - with Ech...

Mount Adams 3’742m, Washington, USA – with Echinacea fields of Trout Lake Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fruit grown in this fertile valley is of such exceptional quality that this region is the world leader in Anjou pear production. The Hood River Valley’s 15,000 acres of orchards “Produce 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop.”

This area is called the Hood River County Fruit Loop and has incredible stone-fruit orchards and wineries. Lavender fields, heirloom apple orchards and alpaca farms are abundant. You can even pick your own cherries and Gravenstein apples! There are many festivals that celebrate the bounty of this spectacular agricultural region including: “The Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”; “The Oregon Lavender Festival”; and “The Gravenstein Apple Celebration.”

Wines in the Gorge

Tasting Rooms in Hood River

Make plans to attend the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest in October or the Hood River Fruit Loop Wine Celebration in June. There are plenty of wineries on the “Fruit Loop” circuit west of the Hood River around Country Club Road including: Phelps Creek Veineyards, Marchesi Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Hood River Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Winery and Viento.  www.foodriverfruitloop.com

Mount Hood

Mount Hood in Oregon

Pick Your Own Cherries in Hood River Oregon

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hood River County was established in 1908. The Hood River is a tributary of the Columbia River. Visit the History Museum of Hood River County on 33 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River to learn more about this spectacular area ( www.co.hood-river.or.us/museum). Go to the Cascade Locks, a temperate rain forest that gets nearly 130 inches of rain per year. Check out the WIND Youth Regatta or the December Festival of Lights ( www.cascadelocks.com).

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood Winery

Mount Hood Winery (Photo credit: mickou)

OK, I admit it, I like food and wine. I love visiting wineries and sometimes participate in harvest activities. I am fascinated by exploring local terroir. I love learning about the places where wine is grown and why people are passionate about their vineyards. I enjoy meeting the winemakers and learning their stories.Wine Map of WIneries in the Columbia River Gorge

I love Touring and Tasting in Oregon

English: Sun set at hood river, Columbia river

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon and Washington share the Columbia Valley AVA that was founded in 1984. The state border runs down the middle of the Columbia River. When you stay in Hood River, Oregon, you can cross the Hood River Bridge and visit some of the highest-elevation vineyards in the state of Washington. The Hood River Bridge is a truss bridge that has a vertical lift. The bridge connects the communities of  Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. Check out the Celilo Vineyard or Syncline Winery on the Washington side of the bridge. www.synclinewine.com

Syncline Wine from Washington

Syncline Wine from Washington

Columbia Gorge WIne

The Columbia Gorge AVA consists of four counties; Hood River and Wasco in Oregon; and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. It also includes the river valleys of Hood River and Deschutes River in Oregon and the Klickitat River in Washington. This area is located between Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Adams in Washington. Mount Adams is a stratovolcano in in the Cascade range.

“The Cascade foothills get enough annual rainfall to make irrigation optional for some growers. The principal grapes are cool-climate varieties such as chardonnay, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, riesling, albarino and grüner veltliner.”

English: Modified map used to show the Columbi...

English: Modified map used to show the Columbia Gorge AVA within Washington State. Original public domain image locate at Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provided by U.S. Geological Survey 2001, printed 2002 Modified copied similarly released to public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood Ri...

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood River County, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane (Photo credit: dherrera_96)

There are so many interesting Vino con Vista Places and actvities in the Gorge.

Here’s a list of interesting place to stay and explore Hood River:

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Espa...

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Español: Reflejo del Monte Hood en el lago Mirror, Oregón, Estados Unidos. Français : Reflet du Mont Hood dans le lac Mirror, Oregon, Etats-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. The Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa is just west of the Hood River. It is perched on a scenic bluff above the Columbia River with sweeping views and vintage opoulence. It was built in 1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a favorite destination for Rudolf Valentino and Shirley Temple. A couple of our U.S. presidents even stayed here.

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 West...

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 Westcliff Drive in Hood River, Oregon, United States, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). NRHP reference number 79003736 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive near Hood River (800-341-1921) www.columbiagorgehotel.com

2. Columbia Cliff  Villas  offers breathtaking views with in room spa services, wine and cooking classes.

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive www.columbiacliffvillas.com

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood ...

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Ho...

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. The Historic Hood River Hotel was built in 1911 and is walking distance from all the downtown attractions. This is Hood River’s oldest hotel; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are celebrating their our 100th anniversary. Watch their  historic photo tour.

The European boutique-style hotel  is located at 102 Oak Street in Hood River. If you stay here, you will not need a designated driver when you leave the Hood River Tasting Rooms. www.hoodriverhotel.com

Step back in time as you enter this fully restored vintage hotel. Offering 41 rooms and suites, each different and individually appointed with antique reproductions. Enjoy the ambiance of a small European Inn as you soak in our Jacuzzi and spa facility. Our lobby, with a wood-burning fireplace and adjoining Cornerstone Cuisine Restaurant is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure in the gorge.

The gallery provides a close look at the   origins and evolution of the hotel itself. It also takes a sideways glance at Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge as the human footprint has changed over the century

4. Enjoy a unique experience at the farm at the Draper Girls Country Cottage where you can pick your own cherries when they’re in season. This charming venue is located on a 40 acre orchard nestled at the foot of Mount Hood www.drapergirlscountryfarm.com(541-490-8113).

Draper Girls Country Cottage on HIghway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage on Highway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Standing at the Draper Girls Country Farm looking at Mount Hood

Touring and Wine Tasting Adventures:

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

1. Cathedral Ridge Winery is at 4200 Post Canyon Drive in Hood River, Oregon. They have “over 20 different wines made from 10 different varietals.” All the grapes are grown within 30 miles of the winery and all the wine is made on site. I liked the 2009 Cathedral Ridge Syrah. www.cathedralridgewinery.com

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery from the Columbia Valley in Oegon

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

2. Marchesi Vineyards and Winery

3955 Country Club Road in Hood River www.marchesivineyards.com

This winery specializes in Italian varietals and is located on the Heights of Hood River. I love the Barbera!!

Watch this video to learn about the winemaker; here’s Franco Marchesi talking about his wine http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=77354838001:

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

3. The The Pines 1852 Vineyard and Winery tasting room has an art gallery that features the work of regional artists. I met Lonnie Wright and his lovely daughter Sierra at a Wine Dinner at Phelps Creek Vineyards.

The Pines Vineyard’s Old Vine Zinfandel was first planted by an Italian stone mason named Louis Comini in the late 1800s. He brought his grape vines from his homeland in Genoa, Italy. These original plants are still producing; thanks to winemaker Peter Rossback and owner Lonni Wright. “The century Old Vine Zinfandel make The Pines one of the oldest vineyards in the Northwest.”

Try some of Lonni’s 2010 award-winning Old Vine Zinfandel from The Pines Vineyards at 5450 Mill Creek Road in The Dalles, Oregon or at the Tasting Room in Downtown Hood River. www.thepinesvineyard.com

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

4. Quenette Winery Tasting Hall; home of Copa di Vino is housed at the historic Sunsine Mill in The Dalles. Visit their 100 year old industrial space that they have converted into a tasting room at 901 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

The Sunshine Mill  interior incorporates the original machinery of the flour mill that occupied this building since the turn of the century. They have a satellite tasting room in Hood River at 111 Oak Street. Try their Sangiovese and/or the black cherry and chocolatey Zinfandel. www.copadivino.com

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

5. Viento at 301 Country Club Road in Hood River. Meet winemaker Rich Cushman and check out his 30-year-old Riesling vineyard. Viento is open for tasting ath the Gorge White House Annes at 2265 Highway 35 in Hood River www.vientowines.com

Viento Winery

Viento Winery

Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine

6. Phelps Creek Vineyards

Located at 1850 Country Club Road in Hood River where the Tasting Room is a “stone’s Throw” from the estate vineyards. (541-386-2607 www.phelpscreekvineyards.com

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Watch this video to learn about Bob Morus and the Phelps Creek Winery: http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=1537447585001

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

Phelps Creek Winery

Phelps Creek Winery

7. Naked Winery is located at the corner of 2nd and Cascade in Downtown Hood River. www.nakedwinery.com

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

8. Cascade Cliffs at 211 Oak Street in Hood River. I loved the intense estate grown Barbera.

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Hood River Wine Selection

Hood River Wine Selection

Watch Bob Lorkowski talk about his winery http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=625388299001

www.cascadecliffs.com

9. Visit the Gorge White House where you can enjoy wine from the Gorge wineries under one roof.By the taste, the glass, or the bottle!  One stop!http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/links.html.

Check out their calendar of events: http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/calendar.html

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

The bounty of Hood River County

The bounty of Hood River County (Photo credit: SP8254 – On a Break!)

An exciting sightseeing adventure awaits you at “Cruise the Gorge” sightseeing tour www.sternwheeler.com. The Sternwheeler paddle-powered riverboat provides narrated day cruises on the river. It departs daily from the Cascade Locks (during the season) with special brunch and dinner cruises.

You can rent water sports equipment at the Hood River Waterfron Park or swim and picnic at Marina Park.

Wine Tours

Explore the George

www.explorethegorge.com

Martin’s Gorge Tours

www.martinsgorgetours.com

Wine Dirt

www.winedirt.com

Washington’s Columbia Gorge AVA (viticultural area) was officially approved in 2004.

Dine at these Restaurants:

The Celilo Restaurant and Bar at 16 Oak Street in Hood River has a seasonal menu with an extensive regional wine list. Their wine dinners were featured in Wine Spectator. www.celilorestaurant.com

Cornerstone Cuisine at the Hood River Hotel at 102 Oak Street www.hoodriverhotel.com

Nora’s Table 110 fifth Street in Hood River www.norastable.com

The Sixth Street Bistro and Loft at 509 Cascade Avenue has exceptional organic cuisine.

Three Rivers Grill at 601 Oak Street has spectacular views of the Columbia River with a deck and patio. www.threeriversgrill.com

Golf

18 hole championship Indian Creek Golf Course (541-386-7770)

For more visit www.ColumbiaGorgewine.com, www.Oregonwine.org and www.oregonwinecountry.org.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

There is an excellent guide published by the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at www.GorgeVisitor.com.

Here are some of the varietals that are grown in this amazing heavenly region:

     

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location:...

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location: Vlasotince vineyards, southeast Serbia. Français : Grappe de raisin du cépage Sauvignon Blanc. Photo prise dans le vignoble de Vlasotince, dans le sud-est de la Serbie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Albarino • Aglianico • Barbera • Cabernet Franc • Cabernet Sauvignon • Chardonnay         Dolcetto  •  Gamay  •  Gewurtztraminer  •  Grenache  •  Gruner Vertliner  •  Lemberger         Malbec  •  Marsanne  •  Merlot  •  Mourvedre  •  Muscat   •  Nebbiolo  •  Pinot Blanc         Pinot Gris  •  Pinot Noir   •  Primitivo  •  Riesling  •  Roussanne  •  Sangiovese       Sauvignon Blanc  •  Syrah  •  Tempranillo  •  Viognier  •  White Riesling  •  Zinfandel

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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco California

From Coit Tower

From Coit Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: view of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill...

English: view of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill from Lombard Street, March 2010 San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love San Francisco? This world-class city is arguably one of the most beautiful and revered cities in the world. Nestled along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it is imbued with scenic splendor. There are brilliant architectural landmarks built upon famous hills. There are glorious bay views, charming ethnic neighborhoods, cable cars and magnificent iconic bridges! It is the gateway to the magnificent Napa Valley wineries. The city is about seven miles long by seven miles wide; 49 square miles packed with incredible sites and activities.

English: Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin ...

English: Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A view of Telegraph Hill from the San...

English: A view of Telegraph Hill from the San Francisco Bay. Coit Tower stand atop the hill. The Bay Bridge can be seen to the left, and the Transamerica Pyramid is captured in the right. Photo by John Curley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks

List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a video of my Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco: http://youtu.be/kf-GFK8dOyc

San Francisco: the Coit tower and the Transame...

San Francisco: the Coit tower and the Transamerica Pyramid seen from Pier 39. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

North Financial District, San Francisco, CA, U...

North Financial District, San Francisco, CA, USA Image taken April 27, 2007 by Dan Jahner (user:Danjahner) This image on Flickr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The gold rush of the mid 1800s transformed this small settlement into a boom town. Unfortunately, San Francisco had to be re-built after the devastating April 18, 1906 earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter Scale that ruptured along the San Andreas Fault. The earthquake and subsequent fire are considered one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States along with the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The death toll from the earthquake and fire were estimated at over 3,000 people. Approximately 50,000 buildings were destroyed.

English: Transamerica building, downtown San F...

English: Transamerica building, downtown San Francisco, CA, USA. Photo taken from Coit tower. Français : La Transamerica Pyramid, dans le centre de San Francisco, en Californie (États-Unis), photographiée depuis la Coit Tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Francisco Painted Victorian Ladies

San Francisco Painted Victorian Ladies

Fortunately, some of the charming Victorian architecture survived. My favorites are the well-maintained Queen Anne Victorian row houses. They are called “painted ladies” and some of them have magnificent turrets!

San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian

San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian

I love the juxtaposition of the 48-story Transamerica Pyramid that symbolizes San Francisco and the copper-clad Columbus Tower, also known as the Sentinel Building that was completed in 1907. The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco.

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San Francisco, CA, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Alamo Square Landmark District, admire the Victorian Era painted ladies.

San Francisco: view of the Transamerica Pyrami...

San Francisco: view of the Transamerica Pyramid with the Columbus Tower (Sentinel building) in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The distinctive landmark copper-green Flatiron style structure is bounded by Columbus Avenue, Kearny Street and Jackson Street, straddling the North Beach, Chinatown, and Financial-districts of the city.

Francis Coppola‘s corporate headquarters are located in the Sentinel Building. On the ground floor, dine at the charming Cafe Zoetrope. This Parisian-style cafe sits beneath Coppola’s film offices in the sumptuous copper-clad Sentinel Building.

San Francisco Francis Coppola Cafe

San Francisco Francis Coppola Cafe

San Francisco Francis Coppola Building

San Francisco Francis Coppola Building

San Francisco Transamerica Building

San Francisco Transamerica Building

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Stockton Str...

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Stockton Street from Union Square, looking toward Market Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are my top picks for a glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco California:

Haight-Ashbury SF 1

Haight-Ashbury SF 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Visit as many of the distinctive and diverse vibrant neighborhoods as you can; including Haight-Ashbury. They are brimming with charming restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

The Stinking Rose in San Francisco

The Stinking Rose in San Francisco

I love Little Italy with about 100,000 residents of Italian origin and plenty of great restaurants and outdoor cafes. Go to “The Stinking Rose” if you like garlic.

San Francisco North Beach Neighborhood, Saints...

San Francisco North Beach Neighborhood, Saints Peter and Paul Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the twin towers of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Little Italy where Joe DiMaggio and his new bride, Marilyn Monroe posed for their wedding pictures on the steps of this church. I love this  delightful North Beach neighborhood.

San Francisco Church of Saints Peter and Saint Paul in Little Italy

San Francisco Church of Saints Peter and Saint Paul in Little Italy

Chinatown’s grimacing “Dragon Gate” located at Grant Avenue at Bush Street welcomes visitors to a plethora of irresistable Cantonese, Szechaun and Mandarin Restaurants. This is the oldest “Chinatown” in the nation. Have some dim sum in Chinatown. This is also San Francisco’s quaint French Quarter.

Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown in San Francisco

Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury (Photo credit: theclyde)

The Haight-Ashbury district is notorious for its counter-culture role as the epi-center of the 1960s “Flower-Child” hippie movement and the 1967 “Summer of Love.” Remember the lyrics to the song written by John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas that was sung by Scott McKenzie: “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”

I love the The Red Victorian, this historic hotel is located in San Francisco‘s Haight-Ashbury district, two blocks from Golden Gate Park. This charming Bed and Breakfast and cafe is a “social benefit” enterprise that supports a Peace Center whose mission is “Peace Education through Guided Conversation and Arts.” Check out the fish-net clad lady with the red pumps in Haight-Ashbury!

You can't escape from San Francisco

You can’t escape from San Francisco

The Red Victorian Hotel, San Francisco, Califo...

The Red Victorian Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA Français : Hôtel The Red Victorian, San Francisco, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Street Level - San Francisco Ferry Building 22

Street Level – San Francisco Ferry Building 22 (Photo credit: darkfoxprime)

2. Go to the weekend Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries traveling across the San Francisco Bay. It has an up-scale shopping center and is located on The Embarcadero. On top of the building, admire the 245-foot tall clock tower, with four clock dials. Each dial is 22 feet in diameter.

You can take this ferry to Valejo and travel on the Napa WIne Train from there.

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries o...

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries on the San Francisco Bay and an upscale shopping center located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The Bay Bridge can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This land-mark building was designed by New York architect A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts style in 1892 and it was completed in 1898. Brown designed the clock tower to resemble the 12th-century, 800 year old Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain. This was the same inspiration for Miami’s iconic  “Freedom Tower”, the former home of the Miami Daily News located at 600 Biscayne Avenue in Miami. The entire length of the Ferry Building has an arched arcade that resembles a Roman aquaduct.

San Francisco, California : civic center

San Francisco, California : civic center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, and its rece...

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, and its recently-changed-to-dirt main strip, looking on San Francisco City Hall. April 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Admire Daniel Burnham‘s planned Civic Center Plaza; an architectural Complex with a magnificent group of Beaux Arts Federal, State and City Buildings. Burnham’s dream was carried out by Arthur Brown Jr. who attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

The massive gold-leaf covered dome of the majestic City Hall building at Carlton B. Goodlett Place, is taller than the U.S. Capitol Building. There is also a War Memorial Opera House, where the representatives from 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter in 1945. Visit the Davies Symphony Hall and the Asian Art Museum.

4. Spend some of your hard-earned money at the glorious palm-tree lined shopping mecca around Union Square. Union square is a 2.6 acre park in the heart of the Financial District. It is the central shopping and theater district. Explore the Westfield Center Shopping mall, packed with restaurants and shops.

There are outstanding hotels and upscale shopping opportunities in this area. Admire the Statue of “Victory” at the pinnacle of the granite column that commemorates Admiral Dewey’s triumph at Manilla Bay during the Spanish-American War. Then go to the Crocker Galleria glass barrel-vaulted arcade that resembles Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele brimming with boutiques and specialty shops. Neiman Marcus has a magnificent glass-encased property in San Francisco with an incredible dome.

Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, CA Español: Ne...

Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, CA Español: Neiman Marcus en San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The entrance to the Crocker Galleria in San Fr...

The entrance to the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victory in San Francisco

Victory in San Francisco

San Francisco Union Square

Basilica of the "Mission Dolores" (M...

Basilica of the “Mission Dolores” (Mission San Francisco de Asís) in San Francisco Deutsch: Die Basilika (1918) der Mission Dolores (Mission San Francisco de Asís) in San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Visit the Mission of San Franciso de Asis founded in 1776 by the Spanish Franciscan Monks. Mission San Francisco de Asís, or Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the sixth religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions. The Mission was founded on June 29, 1776, by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu (a companion of Father Junipero Serra). They were both members of the de Anza Expedition, which had been charged with bringing Spanish settlers to Alta (upper) California, and converting the local Natives, the Ohlone. Go next door to the Mission Dolores Basilica built in 1919 in Wedding Cake/Moorish style.

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coit Tower, California

Coit Tower, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. Travel to San Francisco’s famous hills. Take a cable car up to the steep inclines of the summit of Nob Hill. When you arrive at the top of this elegant, residential Nob Hill neighborhood, go to the top of the Fairmont Hotel or the Mark Hopkins for a fabulous Vino con Vista on Mason Street!

Then visit the amazing Grace Cathedral at 1051 Taylor Street. Grace Cathedral is the third largest Gothic cathedral in the country. You can schedule a tour led by the Cathedral’s docents who are members of the Guild of Saint Martin. They will explain the history and architecture. You can admire the magnificent stained glass windows, the famous replica of Ghiberti Doors in Florence and the priceless icons.

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Ghiberti doors, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, USA Français : Portes Ghiberti, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trace California’s colorful history through the fresco-style murals and learn the secrets of the Labyrinth! There’s even a cafe on the premises.

Glass paintings at Grace Cathedral, San Franci...

Glass paintings at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, USA 日本語: ステンドグラス (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a photo gallery from Ansel Adams: http://www.gracecathedral.org/visit/cathedral-history-art/Ansel-Adams.php.

Then travel to Telegraph Hill where the first telegraph station was placed in 1853. It is the home of the Coit Tower that was built to honor volunteer fire fighters. The 210 foot structure resembles a fire-hose nozzle. Climb the steps to Coit Tower for a 360 degree view of the city and the Bay. Then take a picture with Christopher Columbus.

I love Russian Hill which is the home of the beautifully landscaped, iconic crooked Lombard Street.

Lombard Street, San Francisco, as seen from th...

Lombard Street, San Francisco, as seen from the bottom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Have a Sour Dough bread bowl filled with decadent clam chowder at Pier 39 and then gaze at the comical barking Sea Lions on the docks. Check out the world-class Aquarium.  Walk over to Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy some fresh Dungeness Crab. Enjoy the entertaining street performers. Tour the 1883 historical Balclutha vessel; it’s a floating museum.

Fishermen's Wharf in San Francisco

Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco

San Francisco Pier 39

San Francisco Pier 39

Alcatraz at dawn on San Francisco Bay

Alcatraz at dawn on San Francisco Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. Take the ferry boat from the Embarcadero to the island of Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary. Listen to the stories about the former inmates including Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly.

Alcatraz Gift Shop in San Francisco

Alcatraz Gift Shop in San Francisco

9. Go to the former Del Monte Cannery and have a sundae at Ghiradelli Square or tour the factory and learn about chocolate.

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palace of Fine Arts Walkways, San Francisco, C...

Palace of Fine Arts Walkways, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10. Admire the Palace of Fine Arts that was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. There is a Roman Rotunda supported by Corinthian colums over-looking the swan-filled lagoon. This Palace of Fine Arts is the home of the Exploratorium, a popular hands-on Childrens’ Museum.

Deutsch: Das Exploratorium in San Francisco Ne...

Deutsch: Das Exploratorium in San Francisco Nederlands: Het Exploratorium Français : Exploratorium, San Francisco, Californie, USA English: The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11. Go to Golden Gate Park. It is the largest man-made park in the world with a conservatory and Japanese Tea Room. Visit the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum that chronicles art in Western civilization. One of the wings houses the  Asian Art Museum. There are boat rentals at Stow Lake.

12. Visit MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art with works by Matisse, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollack, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and other notable artists. The Museum was designed by architect Mario Botta and has a distinctive cylindrical skylight.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

13. Ride the Cable Car that was invented by Andrew Hallidie to Nob Hill. I love the view from the Top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It’s a great Vino con Vista destinaton with a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Take time to visit the Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason Streets with historic exhibits and memorabilia.

Cable Car of the Powell-Hyde line in San Franc...

Cable Car of the Powell-Hyde line in San Francisco. In the background Alcatraz Island can be seen. Deutsch: Ein Cable Car Waggon der Powell-Hyde Linie in San Franzisko. Im Hintergrund sieht man die Insel Alcatraz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14. Enjoy another breath-taking Vino con Vista at the Marriott Marquis rooftop bar called The View Lounge. Order a glass of Hangtime Wine from San Luis Obispo California and enjoy the magnificent 365 degree panoramic vista of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! There is a perfect view of MOMA with the circular skylight.

San Francisco from the Marriott Marquis View Lounge

San Francisco from the Marriott Marquis View Lounge

15. Drive on the 1.7 mile Golden Gate Bridge that was designed by Joseph Strauss. You can visit his statue if you park your car at the visitor center.  This steel suspension bridge opened on May 27, 1937 to Marin County and visit Sausilito. The Golden Gate Bridge is preparing for a 75th anniversary Festival on May 26th-27th that will feature music and art exhibits.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012

Take a panoramic shot of the San Francisco Skyline from across the Golden Gate bridge. There is also an access point where you can walk the bridge to Marin.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

16. In April, the San Francisco Vintners Market usually sponsors an event with about 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and the Russian River Valley. They like to pour their new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages.

There is also an annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in April. www.nccbf.org

For outstanding Michelin Star French Cuisine, dine at Masa’s at 648 Bush or Fleur de Lys at 777 Sutter. These upscale restaurants offer prix fixe dinner only options. Gary Danko is also at the pinnicale of San Francisco dining with an all-encompassing list. Diners may select three, four or five prix-fixe courses or try the tasting menu with wine pairing.

San Francisco offers a plethora of ethnic dining as well. For Asian Fusion try Le Colonial at 20 Cosmo with a nice patio and nightly music. You will never be hungry or thirsty in San Fransisco!

I love to stay in Union Square at the Sir Francis Drake at 450 Powell Street www.sirfrancisdrake.com

17. If you are ready for some Touring and Tasting in the Bay Area, take the ferry from The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero at Pier One to the Wine Train and  visit the wineries in Napa. Napa Valley is the main wine tourism region in the US.

There are plenty of gourmet restaurants like the Fench Laundry in Yountville or The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena; they both have 3 Michelin stars. Check out the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America www.ciachef.edu/california.and or Hurley’s in Yountville or Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen or Press in St. Helena.

Touring and tasting in Napa is easy with plenty of outstanding places to stay including Meadowwood, a fabulous Relais and Chateau Property in St. Helena www.meadowood.com. The Cade Estate Winery offers a “Wine and Cheese Tasting and Tour”; as well as, “Tour the Cave” where you can taste Cade and Plump Jack Wines www.cadewinery.com

Check out the Cakebread Cellar’s Visitor Center in Saint Helena with a culinary history of Food and Wine Exhibit www.cakebreadcellars.com. I like the behind the scenes tour of Mondavi production facility. Sterling has an outstanding tour where you ride on a ski lift to the winery. Raymond has an over-the-top winery with plenty of elegant tasting facilities. There are about 450 wineries in Napa.

Here’s a list of San Francisco Landmarks to visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_San_Francisco_Designated_Landmarks

Dr. EveAnn Lovero is a Travel Junkie and writes Travel Guides and Apps at www.vino-con-vista.com

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Vino con Vista has a Crush on Passionate Growers and Winemakers in Lodi

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Tim Holdener from Macchia Winery in Lodi

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Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

If you follow my posts, you know that I adore wine tourism. I love to seek out idyllic destinations around the world where you can enjoy a Vino con Vista; a beautiful place to enjoy wine in the place where it is actually grown. I love places like Piedmont and Tuscany in Italy; the Napa Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley and Sonoma County in California and Bordeaux, Burgundy and The Rhone valley in France. These destinations offer perfect Vino con Vista opportunities. Let’s face it, grapes and vineyards seem to thrive in the most glorious destinations in the world! I guess we can thank the Greeks and the Romans for the fascinating aspects of modern day wine tourism in the sun-drenched vineyards of Lodi California.

Wine Map of Italy

Wine Map of Italy

“Celebrate the Harvest” A Tribute to wine growing in downtown Lodi by Rowland Cheney

Wine grapes

Wine grapes

Old Zinfandel Vines in Lodi

Old Zinfandel Vines in Lodi

I recently discovered an enchanting wine destination along the Mokelumne River in Northern California with over 80 wineries and plenty of tasting rooms. I had a opportunity to get up close and personal with the region’s grapes and many of the multi-generational growers in Lodi at the 9th annual Wine Bloggers Conference. Lodi California 604

WIne Bloggers Conference on Hutchinson Street at Robert Mondavi's former high schoool

Wine Bloggers Conference on Hutchinson Street at Robert Mondavi’s former high schoool

Lodi Wine

Lodi Wine

Located in San Joaquin County between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the region is a wine-lovers paradise! The region’s innovative and passionate producers are generating exceptional food and wine experiences that should catapult Lodi into the wine tourism strastophere! I am so confident about Lodi’s future that I may even buy a place in downtown Lodi. I loved the charming, well-maintained historic California Craftsman bungalows.

It’s relatively close to the UCDavis legendary Department of Viticulture and Enology. Now that I have retired from 30 years as a business professor, maybe I’ll pursue a new degree. I would love to better understand the scientific study of grape-growing and winemaking. It’s never too late, right?

 

Cute houses in downtown Lodi

Cute houses in downtown Lodi

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LODI FACTS:

Lodi AVAs

“The Lodi AVA is located in the northern Central Valley of California, at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley east of the San Francisco Bay.

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LODI
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1986, amended in 2002
Country USA
Sub-regions Alta Mesa AVA, Borden Ranch AVA, Clements Hills AVA, Cosumnes River AVA, Jahant AVA, Mokelumne River AVA, Sloughhouse AVA
Climate region Mediterranean
Total area 551,000 acres
Size of planted vineyards 90,000 acres

Robert Mondavi was one of the most influential wine gurus in the industry and he grew up in Lodi. In 2001 Robert Mondavi donated $25 million to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UCDavis for the establishment of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, which opened October 2008.

His former high school in Lodi has been converted into a spectacular conference venue.  Woodbridge by Michael Mondavi the home of the famous Mondavi winery in Lodi where you can taste some of their higher end wines. The demand for grapes in California’s wine industry has been fueled by the Mondavi and Gallo families. Lodi producers have filled the pipeline for powerhouses like Mondavi, Gallo and Constellation brands for many years. The growth of the tasting rooms in Downtown Lodi are a perfect example of grape-growers pursuing forward integration; the profitability of Mondavi and Gallo has been enhanced by vertical integration strategies.

White Wine Grapes

White Wine Grapes

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Tasting Wine in Downtown Lodi

Tasting Wine in Downtown Lodi

Many winemakers are following in Mondavi’s footsteps in Lodi. Harney Lane Winery poured their amazing wines at my table at the Wine Blogger Award Event. The estate grown grapes are the product of a 5th generation farming family. The Mettler decendants offer interesting excursions in Lodi,  including a Grape to Glass Tour. Most of their award-winning wine inventory sells out in the Tasting Room or to Wine Club members. Michael Davis Vineyards has a full restaurant; they have been in Lodi since the Civil War.

BBQ at the Blogger Awards Dinner paired perfectly with the Harney Lane Wines

BBQ at the Blogger Awards Dinner paired perfectly with the Harney Lane Wines

Dinner at Estate Crush

Dinner at Estate Crush

At Estate Crush, we made our own Zinfandel blend and then Bob and Ali Colarossi graciously produced enough bottles of the “WIne Blogger Reserve” for all 300 of the wine bloggers to take home. We had a great time experimenting with different blends produced from their old Zinfandel vines at the “Stellina Vineyard”. The wine bloggers did a blind tasting and selected the 97% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah and 1% Petit Verdot as our favorite blend from the Colarossi Estate Crush facility. The Stellina vineyard grapes will soon be part of the Lodi Native Project.

Estate Crush, proprietors: Bob and Ali Colarossi

Estate Crush, proprietors: Bob and Ali Colarossi

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Estate Crush is a dedicated custom crush facility that produces premium custom wine for over 80 clients with more than 120 brands. They have earned many prestigious wine competitions.

Dinner at Estate Crush

Dinner at Estate Crush

We had an amazing Paella dinner prepared by their dear friend J.P. Wetmore poolside surrounded by their lovely Stellina vineyard.

 

We had a lovely dinner at Estate Crush surrounded by old ZInfandel heritage vines that are used for the "Native" Project

We had a lovely dinner at Estate Crush surrounded by old ZInfandel heritage vines that are used for the “Native” Project

I love Macchia Wine

I love Macchia Wine

Macchia’s owner Tim Holdener and his bubbly wife Lani poured so many terrific wines that I joined his Wine Club and anxiously await my first shipment. The Barbera was incredible and I loved the dessert wine. The last time I joined a wine club was Moshin in the Russian River Valley and that was many years ago.

At the speed tasting, the wine bloggers had to opportunity to sample some amazing white wines from the Bokisch Winery.

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Bokisch Winery

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Bob and Ali Colarossi, Proprietors of Estate Crush

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Kevin Phillips and his family produce Cinsaut grapes at the Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi. Planted in 1886, it’s the oldest Cinsaut vineyard in the world!

 

Many of the 80 wineries are winning awards and producing award-winning wines. Located just 90 minutes from San Francisco and 60 minutes from Napa; Lodi produces more wine than Napa and Sonoma combined. Sipping and savoring handcrafted wine produced from multi-generational wine growers and passionate Lodi California winemakers is an excellent way to spend a pleasant wine tourism vacation in Northern California. In addition to the wineries mentioned this far in this post, you can also check out: Vino con Brio at Amarosa Vineyards, Jessie’s Grove, Delicato Family Vineyards, Oal Ridge Winery and Klinker Brick.

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Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel

Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel

Historically, Lodi is best known as the full-bodied “Zinfandel Capital of the World” with many vines that are over 100 years old. It is the home of the famous Seven Deadly Zins. More recently, the “Lodi Native” project is releasing some incredibly luscious old vine Zinfandel wines.

The six premier Lodi Native Wines

The six premier Lodi Native Wines

Schmiedt Ranch 2013 Zinfandel

Schmiedt Ranch 2013 Zinfandel

Many Lodi wines are sold exclusively at the respective winery. From the vineyards to the Tasting Rooms, there are plenty of wine tourism opportunities in Lodi.

There are plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities in Lodi

There are plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities in Lodi

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Lodi is predominately a red winegrowing region (“approximately two-thirds of the acreage is dedicated to red varieties”). More recently, Lodi vintners are increasingly winning awards for their Rhone and Mediterranean style varietals. In addition to Zinfandel, Lodi is currently the nation’s leading producer of several popular varieties including: Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has over 100 varieties in production.

Lodi offers a vast portfolio of diverse wines. Lodi’s 100,000 acres of deep loam in the AVAs and the desirable Mediterranean climate creates numerous microclimates that allow an incresingly larger variety of grapes and award-winning wines to thrive. The soil is similar to the French Region of Chateauneuf du Pape. Lodi winemakers are winning awards for their Rhone and Mediterranean varietals.

Here’s a list of varietals from the Lodi Wine Commission’s website:

Wine grapes from Lodi

Wine grapes from Lodi

Spanish Varieties:

Albariño, Verdejo, Graciano, Tempranillo, and Garnacha are just a few of the interesting Spanish varieties grown in Lodi soils.

Portuguese Varieties:

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão, Souzão, Verdelho, and Tricadeira are grownfinding a natural home in the The wines being produced from these vineyards are utterly delicious. Vibrant, intriguing and refreshing flavors make these varietal wines well worth seeking out.

German Varieties:

Kerner, Bacchus, Riesling, Dornfelder, Gewürztraminer, and Zweigelt some of the German varieties grown in Lodi.

Italian Varieties

Barbera, Aglianco, Sangiovese, Teroldego, and Vermentino made me feel like I was field-tasting in Italy.

Southern Rhone

Cinsault, Viognier, Syrah, Picpoul Blanc, Tannat and many others are grown in Lodi.

Made from Cinsaut grapes in Lodi

Made from Cinsaut grapes in Lodi

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

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Wine Map of France

Wine Map of France

To learn more about Lodi visit:

http://www.lodiwine.com/About-Lodi

http://www.lodiwine.com/Wineries

Book a room at the luxurious Wine and Rose Hotel and Spa on Turner Road www.winerose.com  and I’ll meet you at next year’s Zinfest.

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Pictures of Diverse Varietals from Around the World (Courtesy of the Lodi Wine Commission)

 

Spanish Varietals in Lodi

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My Favorite Vino con Vista Spanish Wine Regions

Wine regions of Spain with denominación de ori...

Wine regions of Spain with denominación de origen (DO & DOCa) in 2008. The map is based in municipalities’ borders. The DO Catalunya and the DO Cava are not shown, as their zones of production are superimposed on other DO regions. The Vino de Calidad Valles de Benavente (QWpsr), which had not reached DO status yet, and the Vinos de Pago, are not shown either. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 2007 Ribera del Duero from Pesquera.

A 2007 Ribera del Duero from Pesquera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero

In the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Français : Région viticole de Ribera del Duero...

Français : Région viticole de Ribera del Duero en Castille-León (Espagne). Español: Región vitivinícola de la Denominación de Origen “Ribera del Duero”, en Castilla y León (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bottle of Pesquera Tinto Crianza 1995, a win...

A bottle of Pesquera Tinto Crianza 1995, a wine from Ribera del Duero. Español: Botella de Pesquera Tinto Crianza 1995, vino con D.O. Ribera del Duero. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Collection of Spanish wines and decanters incl...

Collection of Spanish wines and decanters including the Ribera del Duero producer Vega Sicilia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyards in the Spanish wine region of Ribera...

Vineyards in the Spanish wine region of Ribera del Duero (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trio of Ribera del Duero wine bottles: Alion 2...

Trio of Ribera del Duero wine bottles: Alion 2001, Valbuena 5° 1998, Pesquera Crianza 1995 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spain topography

Spain topography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spanish wine regions to visit:

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English: Wine barrels kept on a cellar in Haro, La Rioja (Spain) Español: Barricas de vino almacenadas en un bodega de Haro, La Rioja (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Rioja is bordered by mountains on the north and south.

Rioja is made from grapes grown from La Rioja, as well as,  Navarre and the Basque province of Álava.

Rioja is sub-divided into three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa.  Alta has the most historic wineries. Visit Old Town for fabulous tapas!

2. Ribera Del Duero is one of Europe’s highest altitude wine regions. It is one of the wine regions along the Duero River.

Ribera del Duero is home to the world-famous and highly-prized Emilio Moro, Valderiz, Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera wines. It is dominated by production of red wine from the Tempranillo grape.”

Official seal of the Ribera del Duero Denomina...

Official seal of the Ribera del Duero Denominación de Origen (DO) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ribera del Duero was named wine region of the year 2012 by  Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

English: 2006 Valderiz, a wine from Ribera del...

English: 2006 Valderiz, a wine from Ribera del Duero in Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Globe-Trotting Wino’s Guide to Trekking, Tasting and Touring Adventures in the World’s Great Wine Capitals

Napa Valley

Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Front of Chateau. French wine producer

Front of Chateau. French wine producer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glass of California, Napa Valley red wine. Opu...

Glass of California, Napa Valley red wine. Opus One is a Bordeaux style blend made predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the estate of the Bordeaux producer.

At the estate of the Bordeaux producer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo b...

Mustards in the spring in Napa Valley. Photo by Emily Bryden, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mainz_04 (Photo credit: Alf Igel)

Location in the state of California

Location in the state of California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyards in the California wine region of Son...

Vineyards in the California wine region of Sonoma county. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Ferrari-Carano Reserve tasting room in Sonoma Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide

English: Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Relief und Topographie von Rheinhessen

Relief und Topographie von Rheinhessen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napa Valley, California

English: American Canyon, CA is called "T...

English: American Canyon, CA is called “The Gateway to the Napa Valley”. This sign is located at the intersection of Flosden Rd. and American Canyon Rd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Napa (Photo credit: katieharbath)

There are nine internationally renowned wine regions in the world. The Great Wine Capitals Global Network is a network of  these nine major global cities that are located in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Enjoying malbec rosé in Mendoza, Argentina.

Enjoying malbec rosé in Mendoza, Argentina. (Photo credit:

English: Vineyard in Napa Valley
English: Vineyard in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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These nine regions include:

Bordeaux, where exceptional wines are the principal attraction, especially in the northern region of Medoc. This area includes growing areas like: Pauillac, Margaux, St Julien and St Estephe. Wines here are typically produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

The region’s ancient châteaux are the home of esteemed wineries. You can visit the “Route des Chateaux” (Castle Road)  and explore the medieval town of St-Emilion, a treasured UNESCO World Heritage site. The town has catacombs and an underground Monolithic church carved into the limestone. The region’s wines are made at the Chateau Haut-Sarpe (Grand Cru Classe), Chateau Figeac and Chateau Beau Séjour Becot.

The other great wine capitals include:

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Bégédan vineyards in the Haut-Medoc of Bordeaux.

Bégédan vineyards in the Haut-Medoc of Bordeaux. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cape Town

Christchurch |

South Island

Florence/Tuscany

Mainz/ |Rheinhessen

Mendoza

Porto

Bilbao |

Rioja

San Francisco/ |Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley

English: Fall in Napa Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Great Wine Capitals Global Network city members Français : Localisation des villes-régions membres du Réseau des Capitales de Grands Vignobles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This network holds a prestigious annual competition; called the “Best Of Wine Tourism” awards “to reward the wineries in each member city that have distinguished themselves in terms of the excellence of their facilities in various categories from art and culture to sustainable wine tourism.”

Visit the Great Wine Capitals Global Network: A World of Excellence!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

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Château de Malle – Bordeaux – Sauternes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Best Vino con Vista Wine Tourism Adventures in Italy’s Major Wine Regions with Italian Wine Maps

Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti ...

Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti Classico region (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Asiago (Photo credit: Birnardo)

If you follow my posts, you know that I adore Italy’s intoxicating Vino con Vistas! Italy is one of the world’s most alluring travel destinations with captivating panoramic vistas of majestic mountains and volcanoes surrounded by the glistening sea.

Chianti classico

Chianti classico (Photo credit: Marco Piso)

La collina di Bacco

La collina di Bacco (Photo credit: gigi 62)

I am an advocate of Wine Tourism and Culinary Travel. I even write Travel Guides called “Vino con Vista.” I have traveled the peninsula and identified my favorite places to enjoy “Wine with a View.”

Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti ...

Vineyards in Gaiole in Chianti in the Chianti Classico region (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The micro-climates of regions from Piedmont to Sicily provide the nations’s wine producers with abundant resources and endless opportunities to produce highly regarded wines. There are over 300 varietals cultivated across the peninsula from the foothills to the southermost islands. Wine tourim is enhanced by the nation’s flourishing culinary culture that spawns superb cooking schools and world-class gourmet farm-to-fork chefs.

Tuscany, Italian wine region of Chianti

Tuscany, Italian wine region of Chianti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy.

English: Vin Santo e Cantucci in Milan, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite wine always pairs well with art, architecture and the best age-old culinary traditions; think Vin Santo with cantucci/biscotti while watching the Palio in Siena; that’s a Vino con Vista. I take great pleasure in the fact that Trebbiano grapes are used to produce wine that has been aged in a barrel with a cross on it. That’s the inherent charm of Italy.

Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclos...

Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclosed with walls, causing crowding and the building of tower houses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thick, sugary Trebbiano juice leaving the bask...

Thick, sugary Trebbiano juice leaving the basket press from dried Trebbiano grapes being used to produce the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Italian wine Vin Santo with its traditiona...

The Italian wine Vin Santo with its traditional food pairing of Biscotti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A wine barrel with a cross on it designating t...

A wine barrel with a cross on it designating that it is being used to aged the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes,  I love wine that pairs with indigenous food. Although, I must admit that I have paired gelato with wine in San Gimignano; there’s no shame to that! Just don’t try it with Chianti Classico. I have been reprimanded by many Italian waiters for requesting grated cheese for my seafood pasta. They absolutely refuse; so I have to sneak grated cheese from my friends that are having pasta without seafood.

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Late harvest grapes being harvested to produce the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My travel plans frequently involve Wine and Food Festivals. Wine is produced and celebrated everywhere in Italy’s 20 regions. It’s a great place for touring and tasting.

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While Vin Santo wines are produced throughout ...

While Vin Santo wines are produced throughout Italy, the vast majority of production takes place in the provinces of Tuscany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Production of the Italian straw wine, Vin Sant...

Production of the Italian straw wine, Vin Santo, begining with Trebbiano being dried until they are raisin and concentrated with sugar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Agriturismo system is conducive to wine tourism because it provides accommodations for tourists at the wine estate. In addition, monasteries and castles have been converted into five-star hotels in many of Italy’s wine regions. Azienda Agricola Malenchini’s family run farm has been growing grapes and olives since 1830 www.malenchini.com.

I visited the Dievole Winery during one of my trips to Tuscany but next time, I will stay at the luxury Florentine Villa with two pools www.dievole.it. Go to Castello da Verrazzano and visit the historical working cellars and gaze at the wild boars www.verrazano.com. Visit Ristorante Enoteca Borgo Allegro with 400 labels of the best Italian and Tuscan wines www.borgoallegro.it

Italy's WIne Regions

Italy’s WIne Regions

Montalcino, Toscana, Italia

Montalcino, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brunello di Montalcino 2000 -  Il Marroneto - ...

Brunello di Montalcino 2000 – Il Marroneto – Vigna Madonna delle Grazie (Photo credit: dags1974)

Cantine Aperte is held on the last Sunday of May and offers outstanding opportunities for anyone interested in Italian wine. This is the day when many wine producers throughout Italy open their doors for a free tasting of their wines. There’s a great four-day annual Chianti Wine Festival in the town of Greve in Tuscany. http://www.greve-in-chianti.com/en/2010_wine_festival.htm
Tuscany is the home of Italy’s most famous wines made with Sangiovese grapes: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino.
Montalcino

Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)

Brunello de Montalcino

Brunello de Montalcino

When you travel to Italy’s wine regions you can visit Col d’Orcia. They have been making wine since the 17oos. This producer is located on 1300 acres in Tuscany’s Siena province on the outskirts of the medieval hilltop village of Montalcino.  The vineyards occupy 370 acres on the hills between the Orcia River and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Col d’Orcia is owned by Count Francesco Marone Cinzano and primarily produces the Brunello clone of Sangiovese.

Brunello de Montalcino

Brunello de Montalcino

Italian wine region of Piedmont

Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many interesting regions in Italy for Touring and Tasting. You can visit Piedmont, Tuscany and many of Italy’s major wine regions, from Alto Aidge in the north to Puglia and Campania in the south. You can travel to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily for more Wine Tourism Adventures. Furthermore, Apulia (Puglia), in the South of Italy is known for Primitivo and is emerging as an interesting destination for Enoturism. For more information, visit ViaggiareinPuglia.it.

Italian wine

Italian wine (Photo credit: toyohara)

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Click on this link to see the Wine Spectator Maps of Italy: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Italymap.pdf

Let’s explore some of Italy’s wine regions:

A food and wine pairing with the Italian wine ...

A food and wine pairing with the Italian wine Amarone from Valpolicella, Veneto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The north-eastern Venato region of Italy is protected by the Alps. The cooler climates are suited to white varietals like Garganega; the warmer Adriatic coastal plaines produce Amarone, Valpolicella and Bardolino. Sparkling Prosecco is produced in this region.

Conegliano is one of Italy’s leading wine schools in this region. Every year, Verona hosts Vinitaly, the world’s leading Wine Festival.

Prosecco

An interesting range of wines which are unique to Italy are made with grapes that are dried in the warm air by laying them out on mats after harvesting. These recioto grapes make two basic styles of wine: Amarone della Valpolicella, which is vinified to be dry and very alcoholic and Recioto.

A Vineyard in the Italian wine region of Valpo...

A Vineyard in the Italian wine region of Valpolicella in the Veneto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amarone

Amarone

Casa Vinicola Bertani is one on the region’s most influential wine producers. Bertani was founded in 1857 by Gaetano and Giovani Battista Bertani. They are vertically integrated; they own the vineyards and control the entire wine-making cycle.

In 2004, the winter was cold and wet with an average spring. Summer was characterized by warm days and cool nights allowing for optimal ripening. The wine was aged in oak casks for 7 years and bottled in January of 2011.

Amarone

1980 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico from the Venato

The 1980 Spring had average temperatures and precipitation with a hot, dry summer. Yields were lower but fruit quality was high. The wine was fermented for 46 days and aged for 10 years in large Slovonian oak barrels. The wine was bottled in February of 1991.

Nebbiolo has a long history in the Alba region...

Nebbiolo has a long history in the Alba region of Piedmont. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amarone

Italian wine

Italian wine (Photo credit: toyohara)

Ripasso and Recioto are also produced in the Venato; fermentation is stopped earlier for Recioto to capture sweetness. Try some Amarones and Reciotos from wineries like Alighieri, Masi and Allegrini.

English: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy - the village...

English: Barolo, Piedmont, Italy – the village Italiano: Barolo, Piemonte, Italia – il paese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barolo

Barolo (Photo credit: verovera78)

The subregion of Piedmont called Langhe, is where the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are produced. Piedmont produces complex red wines made from Nebbiolo grapes in the Barolo and Barbaresco appellations. Traditionally these wines age well and have an intense fruit flavor.

Other Piedmontese wines include: fruity Barbera and sweet Brachetto and Dolcetto. Sparkling Asti is made from the Moscato grape.

Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Docg 2006

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cerretto, Gaja, Aldo Conterno and Giacosa are prominent producers in this area. Visit Cerretto’s headquarters at the Monsordo Bernadina winery outside Alba and then go to the town of Alba and have lunch at Ristorante La Piola in the Piazza Duomo. Alba is a picturesque medieval village that also produces Barbera.

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Piedmontmap.pdf

Ceretto - Barbaresco

Ceretto – Barbaresco “Asij” Docg 2007 (Photo credit: Doyouwine)

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the heart of Sicily

the heart of Sicily (Photo credit: Chiara Marra)

I love Sicily. Start your adventure in Palermo and travel to the wineries in Avola and the other beautiful towns in Southern Sicily. Visit the D0nna Fuggata Winery in Sicily. You will also adore Palermo, Cefalu, Taormina and the Aeolian Islands!

Vino Con Vista Sicily

Sicily 2009

Sicily 2009 (Photo credit: mad_76)

Sicily has a plethora of interesting sites and produces a broad array of bold wines. Have some Nero d’Avola as you watch a movie in the Greco-Roman Theater at the annual Taormina Film Festival. Spend the weekend at the luxurious San Domenico

Palace hotel, a former 15th century monastery.

Visit the Late Baroque towns in Southeastern Sicily where yau can tour and taste in the town of Avola. Dine at La Gazza Landra on Via Blandini in Modica ALta.

Vino Con Vista AmalfiCampania is another outstanding Vino con Vista destination. The smoldering volcano that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanuem generated fertile volcanis soil for growing grapes, lemons and olives. Pallagrello Nero, Aglianico, Biancolella and Fiano grapes are used to produce sumptuous wines in this region. Sip some Lacryma Christi del Bianco or Flanghina wine from your lounge chair at the beach or on your splendid terrace in the Amalfi Coast. This region produces plenty of limoncello.
Terraza del Vino 7

Terraza del Vino 7 (Photo credit: BodegaContiempo)

Italian wine region of Piedmont

Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Piedmontmap.pdf

Ceretto - Barbaresco "Asij" Docg 2007

Ceretto – Barbaresco “Asij” Docg 2007 (Photo credit: Doyouwine)

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the heart of Sicily

the heart of Sicily (Photo credit: Chiara Marra)

I love Sicily. Start your adventure in Palermo and travel to the wineries in Avola and the other beautiful towns in Southern Sicily. Visit the D0nna Fuggata Winery in Sicily. You will also adore Cefalu, Taormina and the Aeolian Islands!

Sicily has a plethora of interesting sites and produces a broad array of bold wines.

Vino Con Vista Sicily

Vino con Vista Sicily

Giuseppe Garibaldi - Portrait of an Italian Pa...

Giuseppe Garibaldi – Portrait of an Italian Patriot with Red Wine & Cabbage (Photo credit: Nino.Modugno)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Sicilymap.pdf

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino

Italian Wine

Italian Wine

Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2003 I...

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Italian wine from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brolio

Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino,...

Sangiovese grapes in a vineyard of Montalcino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations for wine tourism. You can visit the Chianti, Bolgheri, Brunello di Montalcino, Maremma and the Montepulciano appellation.

2006 Castello Banfi Belnero Toscana, I.G.T. fr...

2006 Castello Banfi Belnero Toscana, I.G.T. from Montalcino (Photo credit: Michal Osmenda)

The Montepulciano grape is most widely planted on the opposite coast of Abruzzo; not the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany where Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from Sangiovese grapes. The Vernaccia grape is used for white Vernaccia de San Gimignano.

Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany

Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino, Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A good example of the Italian wine Brunello di...

A good example of the Italian wine Brunello di Montalcino with partial Sangiovese cluster behind class. Just need to crop out the chickens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chianti and the towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano are the wine-producing regional rock stars in Tuscany!

The gallo nero seal of the Consorzio Chianti C...

The gallo nero seal of the Consorzio Chianti Classico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuscany Cipresses

Tuscany Cipresses (Photo credit: Maarten Van Hoof)

English: Castle (Fortezza) at Montalcino, Sien...

English: Castle (Fortezza) at Montalcino, Siena, Italy. Photo taken by Type17, 18:50hrs June 24th 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best quality wines are the Riservas.

They generally come from Sangiovese grapes in the Chianti  Classico zone, which stretches from Florence to Siena. Try wines from Antinori, Castell’in Villa, San Felice and Isole e Olena. Try to attend the annual Chianti festival in the charming town of Greve in Tuscany.

Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve ...

Landscape in the Italian wine region of Greve in the Chianti area in Tuscany, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico ...

A bottle of the Italian wine Chianti Classico made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chianti sub-zone

Chianti sub-zone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Italian wine Brunello from Tuscany made fr...

The Italian wine Brunello from Tuscany made from Sangiovese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sangiovese grapes on the vine in the Italian w...

Sangiovese grapes on the vine in the Italian wine region of Chianti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Tuscanymap.pdf

Chianti Classico

Montalcino

Montalcino (Photo credit: littlestar19)

English: The Municipality of Montalcino within...

English: The Municipality of Montalcino within the Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy Italiano: Il comune di Montalcino nella Provincia di Siena, Toscana, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: View of Montalcino from the Castle (F...

English: View of Montalcino from the Castle (Fortezza). Taken Sept 8th 2006 by me. Canon EOS 20D, 10mm focal length (16mm effective length) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome‘s Wine Tourism is increasing. The Roman Hills and Frascati offer excellent Vino con Vista opportunities.

Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio ...

Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, Folio 189v – The Communion of the Apostles the Musée Condé, Chantilly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frascati

Frascati (Photo credit: twicepix)

Franciacorta

Prosecco

Beschreibung: Kiste mit Tignanello-Flaschen – ...

Beschreibung: Kiste mit Tignanello-Flaschen – eine Kostbarkeit. Fotograf: Benutzer:BMK 8/2004 Please send reference and voucher copy to BMK(at)clever.ms Bitte Quellenangabe und Beleg an BMK(at)clever.ms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bottles of Sassicaia

Bottles of Sassicaia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian Wine

Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in ...

Sangiovese vines of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map of Italy and its districts.

English: Map of Italy and its districts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There an annual fall wine festival in Greve in Chianti from September 6-9, 2012. Greve is on the Via Chiantigiana; the Chianti route to Siena. The Festival is held in Piazza Matteotti.

City Lights, France-Italy Border (NASA, Intern...

City Lights, France-Italy Border (NASA, International Space Station Science, 04/28/10) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

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Wine Tourism Articles Compiled by Sonoma State University

As a college professor and former business school dean, I was interested in the Wine Business Degree Program at Sonoma State University. The program covers concepts related to competitiveness, globalization, strategy and social media.  Since these are concepts that I teach, I thought I should delve further and learn about the program.

I recently wrote a blog post  “Oregon Wineries Leveraging the Power of Social Media”: http://wp.me/pRq9Q-4nT because I was so intrigued by the entire process. I thought it was an outstanding Case Study in Social Media and Wine Tourism.

I found these interesting articles on the Sonoma State Wine Business Program website, so I wanted to share them with my students. If you follow my blogs, you know that I love to share information with my students using Social Media.

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyards in the California wine region of the...

Here are some interesting articles related to Wine Tourism:

Thach, L. (2011). “Dirt Attractions: Do Terroir and Wine Tourism Work Together?” Winebusiness.com Sept. 28, 2011. Read the article here.

Edouard Manet: Harbour at Bordeaux, 1871

Edouard Manet: Harbour at Bordeaux, 1871 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U. Orth, A. Stöckl, T. Bouzdine-Chameeva,, J. Brouard, A. Cavicchi, M. Faraoni, M. Larreina, B. Lecat, J. Olsen, C. Rodriguez-Santos, C. Santini, R. Veale and D. Wilson.  (2011). The Role of Tourism Experiences in Attaching Consumers to Regional Brands. Proceedings of 6th Academy of Wine Business Research Conference, Bordeaux, France, June 9-10, 2011.

Bottles of Bordeaux Wine in Shop, Bordeaux, France

Bottles of Bordeaux Wine in Shop, Bordeaux, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Olsen, J. (2009). “At-destination Visitor Decision Making in a Wine Tourism Context,” Presentation at The International Academy of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research 6th Symposium, Vienna, Austria, June 1-3, 2009.

Thach, L. (Sept. 2009). Wine from China’s Silk Road: The Challenges of Implementing a Wine Tourism Strategy. Wine Business Monthly Online. Read the article here.

Vineyards in the Sonoma County wine region of ...

Vineyards in the Sonoma County wine region of Alexander Valley. View from California wine producer Hanna Winery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thach, L. (2007). Trends in Wine Tourism. Wine Business Monthly,Vol. 14, No. 8, p 86-89. Read the article here.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

Sonoma State students are welcome to follow me @socialmediaevie where I tweet business-related content to my students from my Pinterest Boards. It appears to me that you picked a very interesting major!

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Oregon Wineries Leverage the Power of Social Media at the 2012 Bloggers Conference in Portland

Phelps Winery in Oregon

Phelps Creek Vineyards in Hood River, Oregon

This was the first time that I visited Oregon. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways.

I love the lush majestic mountains. The waterfalls that were created by the Ice Age Floods were extraordinary. The farmland is cloaked with beautiful vineyards and fruit trees. There are plenty of cultural and historic sites to see.

English: The Oregon Convention Center in Portl...

English: The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, USA. Taken at dusk, 4×2 segment stitched image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The food and wine was incredible with plenty of world-class chefs and award-winning restaurants.  Portland is brimming with food carts and fabulous bridges. This lush oasis reminded me of Italy and ultimately became one of my favorite Vino con Vista wine tourism destinations!

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waterfalls in Oregon

Waterfalls in Oregon

Wine Blog Awards 2012

Wine Blog Awards 2012

The Columbia River in Majestic Oregon

I went to a conference with over 370 wine bloggers who registered for the 5th annual Wine Bloggers Conference 2012 in Portland, Oregon. In addition, there was a long waiting list of bloggers hoping for a spot to open up in this cool climate varietal wine-lovers paradise.

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

The bloggers that were fortunate enough to participate in the conference were invited to a lavish five-course dinner and wine pairing hosted by Oregon’s King Estate Winery headquartered in Eugene Oregon. King Estate Winery is Oregon’s largest vintner and is located 118 miles south of Portland. I loved the Wild Chinook Salmon with garlic sausage, potato gnocchi and buttered leeks paired with the 2012 King Estate Signature Pinot Noir.

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery

King Estate Winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ed King, the CEO and Co-Founder of King Estate Winery is a marketing genius! He was instrumental in propelling his brand to new heights by sponsoring an elaborate wine dinner for bloggers. The dinner began with a well-crafted cutomized video. In the video, chef Michael Landsberg described the elements of his five-course dinner; click on the link to view the video: http://wbc.kingestate.com/. There are recipes and video demonstrations for each of the 5 courses.

King Estate Wine Dinner

King Estate Wine DInner

The Confit of Spot Prawns was placed on a bed of cucumber and roasted peach and covered with a sprig of opal basil paired with the 2010 King Estate Signature Pinot Gris. Here’s a description of the incredible five course dinner and the wine pairings: http://wbc.kingestate.com/dinner-courses/

King Estate Winery

King Estate Winery (Photo credit: drburtoni)

During the extravagant wine dinner, many bloggers were encouraged to leverage the power of mobile Social Media communication technology using their smart phones and iPads. Individual bloggers sent out a barrage of collective messages to their respective followers about the details of the King Estate Wine Dinner on Twitter using the keyword King Estate Wine and the hashtag “#wbc12.”

When you add up the number of followers that almost 370 bloggers can immediately communicate with via Twitter, Pinterest and FaceBook it is readily apparent that the number of people who learn about the King Estate wine brand will immediately grew exponentially. After all, this is about the business of wine!

As Oregon wineries leveraged the power of Social Media, the social media activities served as block-buster brand-building marketing strategies for King Estate and the other participating wineries like provacative Naked Winery, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Viento Wines, The Pines Vineyard and Cathedral Ridge Winery. These winemakers have an opportunity to differentiate their brand and hopefully gain market share in this fragmented wine industry.

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Oregon

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Oregon

The King Estate Twitter tsunami generated a Social Media fenzy for the King Estate Winery.  King Estate Winery was trending world-wide on Twitter during the event! The subsequent explosion of tweets demonstrated the impact of social media.

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This is exactly why the Oregon Wine Board and vitners like King Estate, The Pines, Viento, Phelps Creek, Naked Winery and other Oregon vitners got involved in the 2012 Wine Blogging Conference. Many wineries are located in the Pinot Noir Triangle of McMinnville, Dundee and Carlton. The Oregon wine estates extend far beyond this region. I loved the fabulous wineries in Hood River Oregon. The Oregon vitners hoped to enhance their brand recognition by personally connecting with wine bloggers. This strategy was very effective!

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By sponsoring or participating in the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference, Oregon’s wineries and wine-makers hope to ride the wave of today’s social media phenomenon using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon's Willamette Valley

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon’s Willamette Valley

The WillaKenzie Estate in Yamhill Oregon hosted a group of bloggers for dinner before the conference began. In addition, there were a series of affordable overnight pre-conference excursions to Washington County, Eugene, Salem and Hood River.

Vineyards in the Oregon wine region of Willame...

Vineyards in the Oregon wine region of Willamette Valley owned by the winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the Thursday night reception, more than 50 Oregon wineries gladly poured Oregon’s finest selections of Pinot Noir and other delightful regional wines.

Planet Oregon Wine

Planet Oregon Wine

Wine Dinner at The Phelps Winery in Oregon

Braised Beef Shortrib with fresh pocha beans at the Phelps Creek Vineyards

Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine

On Friday evening, tour buses filled with eager bloggers departed for lavish wine dinners at seven local wineries.

I felt like I won the Lottery when my bus went in the direction of Mount Hood toward the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA)http://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa

This slice of heaven is approximately “85 miles long and approximately 4,000 feet deep. It encompasses 292,500 acres, the entire length of the Columbia River Gorge. It spans two states, extreme southern Washington and northern Oregon and runs from the mouths of Sandy River to the Deschutes River. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is unique in both its natural and cultural history.”

Our tour bus brought us to the Phelps Creek Vineyards for a wine dinner hosted by the Oregon Wine Board. We took a hayride to the crushpad where we dine in the magical glow of Mount Hood. This unique AVA is less than 60 miles east of Portland with terroir that generates an amazing diversity of grapes.

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

I loved the gorgeous Phelps Creek Vineyards. I also loved the Bob Morus story. Learn about how he came from Chicago and fell in love with Hood River by watching this video: http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=1537447585001. By the way, when Bob isn’t in his vineyard, he’s a commercial pilot.

Phelps Creek, Viento, Naked Winery and The Pines were pouring their magical concoctions for the wine-loving bloggers. For dessert we were able to drink some “2009 The Pines Sweet Sierra” which I believe Lonnie Wright (the owner of The Pines) named after his daughter Sierra; maybe it was the winemaker Peter Rosback that came up with the appropriate name.

The Pines Tasting Room in Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra; Father and Daughter Team from The Pines Winery in Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra; Father and Daughter Team from The Pines Winery in Oregon

Viento Winery in Oregon

Viento Winery in Oregon

Sierra and Lonnie Wright (the Godfather of grapes in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge wine industry) told us tales of an Indiana Boy who saw this mystical region and never returned to Indiana. “Lonnie Wright, owner of The Pines, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium on Feb.22 in Eugene, Oregon.” Lonnie’s Tasting Room and art gallery is in Hood River at 202 State Street. www.thepinesvineyard.com

Between Lonnie leaving Indiana, and Bob leaving Chicago,  I even thought about staying in this magical place called “The Fruit Loop.” The area is  cloaked with fruit trees and wineries with Mount Hood in the background. But if I stay, who will teach my college students? Maybe I can retire here and open my own winery some day.

English: Panorama of Portland, Oregon, United ...

English: Panorama of Portland, Oregon, United States in 1890. Mount Hood in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winery Map

Winery Map

Lonnie from The Pines Winery is the Godfather of Wine

Lonnie from The Pines Winery is the Godfather of Wine

Then they wined and dined us at this heavenly spot as we gazed longingly at snow-capped majestic Mount Hood. We had appetizers and wine in the vineyard and then  we took a hay ride to the crush pad. I completely understood why Lonnie never wanted to go back to Indiana!

I loved the braised beef shortrib with fresh poch beans and hierloom pepper carrot sauce. This was paired with the 2010 Pines Old Vine Zinfandel, the 2011 Viento Barbera and the 2012 Naked Winery Tempranillo. We were also served a Reister Farms lamb loin with Vans Cherry chutney. It was paired with a 2008 Phelps Creek Cuvee Alexandrine and a 2009 Cathedral Ridge Pinot Noir.

Reister Farms lamb loin, Vans Cherry Chutney and potato gougere

Reister Farms lamb loin, Vans Cherry Chutney and potato gougere

Snow-capped Mount Hood in Oregon

Snow-capped Mount Hood in Oregon

Beet Appetizers at Phelps Creek Winery

Beet Appetizers at Phelps Creek Winery

Wineries poured interesting wines from regional wineries including: The Pines, Phelps Creek, Viento and Naked Winery. The food was incredible!

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

Viento Winery

Viento Winery

Phelps Creek Winery

Phelps Creek Winery

Sierra from The Pines Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Sierra from The Pines Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

The Pines Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

The Pines Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Father-Daughter team at Phelps Creek Winery in Oregon

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Creek Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Phelps Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley ...

Pinot cluster in the Oregon Willamette Valley wine region of the Eola-Amity Hills going through early color change. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All weekend, there were late night parties in private suites hosted by members of the wine industry. By getting social with bloggers, bloggers have an opoortunity to engage their social media fans and followers with news about Oregon’s cool-climate varietals like Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and other interesting Oregon wines being produced in Oregon like Barbera.

This type of Social Media Stategy is highly cherished by the $2.7 billion Oregon wine industry with  “849 vineyards and 419 wineries.” (National Agricultural Statistics Service). Many wineries gladly uncorked some of their best vintages for bloggers to taste. Many other wineries took advantage of the social media possibilities that bloggers offer with personal invitations to their wineries and tasting rooms.

Jamie Goode and eight other wine bloggers were given special recogniton in nine categories ranging from “Best New Wine Blog and Best Writing to Best Winery Blog and Best Wine Reviews.”

Here’s a list of the Wine Blogging Award Winners:

Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog was named Best Overall Wine Blog  http://www.wineanorak.com/

Best Overall Wine Blog by Jamie Goode

Best Overall Wine Blog by Jamie Goode

English: Umpqua River © 2004 Matthew Trump

English: Umpqua River © 2004 Matthew Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vineyard in the Oregon wine region of Willamet...

Vineyard in the Oregon wine region of Willamette Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fruits and vegetables, rich in vitamins, potassium and fiber, represent an important feature of hunter-gatherer diets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wine Blog Awards 2012 in Portland Oregon

Wine Blog Awards 2012 in Portland Oregon

The 2012 Wine Blog Award Winners are:

Best Overall Wine Blog: Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/. Goode is an author and journalist with a highly regarded website.

Best Wine Reviews on a Blog: Ken’s Wine Guide http://kenswineguide.com/blog/

Best Industry/Business Wine Blog: The Gray Report http://blog.wblakegray.com/

Best Single Subject Wine Blog: On the Wine Trail in Italy http://acevola.blogspot.com/

Best Winery Blog: The Journey of Jordan http://blog.jordanwinery.com/

Best Original Video or Photography on a Wine Blog: Wineoh.tv

Best Writing on a Wine Blog: Vinography http://www.vinography.com/

Best New Wine Blog: Wine Julia

Best New WIne Blog is WIne Julia

Best New WIne Blog is WIne Julia

Best Blog Post of the Year: “Why Do I Write about Wine”, Evan Dawson, New York Cork Report http://newyorkcorkreport.com/why-do-i-write-about-wine/

Best Blog Post of the Year

Best Blog Post of the Year

Good Year for the Wine
Good Year for the Wine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next year the Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in another fabulous Vino con Vista Venue; Penticton, BC. I plan to meet some of my new wine-blogging buddies there!

Nighttime panorama of the Oregon Convention center

Nighttime panorama of the Oregon Convention center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a business school professor and former Dean who teaches Strategic Management and International Business. I encourage my students to use Social Media to enhance their “Digital Reputations” @ www.eveannlovero.com.

I also blog and write Italy Travel Guides and Travel Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

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