Category: Travel

The People Behind DaVinci Wine

The People Behind DaVinci Wine
As most of our regular readers know, I recently returned from a trip to Vinci, Italy sponsored by DaVinci Wine as part of its Storyteller Experience. In just a few weeks, I need to submit my “story,” my view on the people and place behind DaVinci Wine. The complete story will not be published until October, but... Read more »

Photos: Wine Bloggers Conference

White Hall Winery
We are back from the fourth annual Wine Bloggers Conference held in Charlottesville, VA. We had so much fun–too much–and now, we’re in recovery mode. We’ve come back with new ideas (thanks to Jancis Robinson and Eric Asimov, who were both keynote speakers) and lots of new friends. We plan to post more in-depth on... Read more »

Live from the Wine Bloggers Conference

Live from the Wine Bloggers Conference
Hello from Charlottesville, Virginia! Home of the current North American Wine Bloggers Conference–yes, there is such a thing. This is our first trip to a WBC–and we are looking forward to meeting other bloggers, tasting new wines, and learning more about wine from Virginia. The festivities began last night at an international wine tasting event,... Read more »
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More Photos From Italy

Wild Boar Festival
I’ve returned from Italy. It was the most amazing trip–and I look forward to telling the story of DaVinci Wine in the coming months. For now, I’ll leave you with some images from my final days there. To view more, please visit my Flickr page.

The Romance of Wine

The Romance of Wine
Yesterday was a pretty incredible day here. Actually, the day before was pretty incredible too… from a wine blogger’s perspective. We received access to people and places that the average tourist or person interested in wine would never see: people like the wine makers, the growers, the agronomists; and places like the  barrel rooms and private homes... Read more »

Day 1 in Italy

Day 1 in Italy
I’m here! Today was the first official day of the DaVinci Wine Storyteller experience here in Vinci, Italy. DaVinci Wine is sponsoring this trip for me and three other artists. Today, we checked into the Casale di Valle, a villa that  noble families used to use as a hunting lodge. We ate lunch at Adriano... Read more »
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Off to Italy Tomorrow

Off to Italy Tomorrow
My flight leaves O’Hare tomorrow morning at 11. I cannot express how excited I am to travel to Vinci, Italy courtesy of DaVinci Wine, as part of its Storyteller experience. Tonight, He Sips and I opened a bottle of DaVinci Pinot Grigio, and I was pleased by its nose (full of citrus and tropical fruits);... Read more »

A Summer Trip to Italy, Thanks to DaVinci Wine

The last time I traveled to Italy, I had just graduated from college. I was 22, wide-eyed, and energetic about the world and all it had to offer. I had yet to met He Sips (my husband, who co-writes this blog) and my son, Noah, who would arrive more than 10 years later. I also knew very... Read more »

Chicago: Second City of Wine?

Chicago has long been known as the Second City.  Does that apply to wine as well?  This article from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Chicago is indeed the country’s 2nd most important wine city (following New York.) In this piece, Lettie Teague describes Chicago’s wine scene as “vibrant” with many options for dining, retail... Read more »
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Round Barn Winery: The Perfect Weekend Wine Getaway

Round Barn Winery: The Perfect Weekend Wine Getaway
Round Barn Winery, located in Baroda, MI, 95 miles from Chicago, has it all: wine, beer, vodka, rum, and bourbon (the spirits are sold under the DiVine label). Situated in a quaint area of mostly farmland–and, surprisingly, a whole lot of grape vines–Round Barn is the ideal day-trip from the Loop. It’s easy to get to–and... Read more »