Return To Tijuana

by Ron Kapon

Around 35 years ago I walked over the border from California to Tijuana. I had been in San Diego on a press trip and had a free afternoon/evening. My main stop was at Hong Kong (not the city but the “gentlemen’s club’). The Zona Norte was among the largest red-light districts in North America. Without getting graphic it was for sex, drugs and rock & roll. When I was invited to spend 2 ½ days in Tijuana by an old friend who has a business there I accepted his invitation. Teloro is the largest solar business for the Hispanic…

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The Exciting World of Gin Cocktails

by Rob Jones

What exactly is Gin? Well it is basically a clear herbal spirit which is perfect for shaking up with fruits, veg, herbs and juices, and other spirits! If you're new to the fashionable world of gin cocktail making it is recommended that you test the water (or rather the gin) and try out the more well-known ones to begin with. The best way to start is to search through as many of the available recipes you can find until you find the one that you think you will enjoy the best. The recipe selections include many well-known brands of…

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TX6 - a T-Rex from Texas

by Susanna Gaertner

At my first glimpse of the bottle from this hitherto unknown to me Texan winery, I didn't know exactly what to think, not to mention that “Texas Red Wine” did not sound promising. But you shouldn't judge a book by the cover. While I freely admit to not loving the label, I am IN love with the contents. The TX6 from Locations Wine is crafted from blend of assorted Bordeaux varietals, barrel aged in neutral French oak for ten months and then released for what turns out to be a singularly stunning red wine. Locations purposefully blends across appellations…

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A Little Note On Wauchau Valley Wines

by Cris Drugan ISA-AM, MIPAV-OS

Located in Austria along the Danube River between the village of Melk and Krems, Wauchau is a small wine region in the Western part of the country that usually accounts for only around 3% of Austria’s wine production. Terraced vineyards consist of rock with intermittent layers of silt, clay & sand. Wauchau uses a classification system based on alcohol levels. 1) The lightest wines, Steinfeder, for wines with an alcohol level under 11.5% 2) and the ripest, Federspeil, for wines between 11.5 and 12.5% alcohol and 3) Smaragd, for wines over 12.5% alcohol. Wines from Wachau are labeled by varietal…

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Know Your Grapes – Appraising Wine

by Cris Drugan ISA-AM, MIPAV-OS

Selecting an appraiser for your valuable assets is difficult enough; don’t get “tanked” over selecting one for your wine collection! As with any appraisal, when selecting a qualified appraiser look for a formal, up to date, education in appraisal theory, procedures, ethics, and law. The appraiser you hire should also be familiar with the type of property you want appraised and know how to value it correctly. Wine is no different. Where a wine retailer, wholesaler or importer may have “in depth” knowledge of the product and the trade, they may not know how to proceed in…

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A Themed Wine Tasting at Home.

by Kelly Wight

We love a traditional wine and cheese pairing event just as much as we love a popcorn and wine night. But, hey, it’s the holidays—and, oh what fun it is to add flair! We’re going full “Christmas Past” today with a look back at a wine tasting event from yesteryear that shows the fun and festive spirit only a Traveling Vineyard wine tasting can bring. Read on as Wine Guide Kisha Dlugos unravels a tale of food, wine and ugly Christmas sweaters! Setting the Sweater Scene West Virginia Wine Guide, Kisha Dlugos, snapped a photo of the…

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5 Questions to Ask An Online Wine Club

by Mark Aselstine

Ok, so I know there's a million of them these days, seemingly everyone has an online wine club. Let's lump all of them into a few categories to start: First, there's an old group of them that largely predate the internet. The Original Wine of the Month Club and California Wine Club fit into that group. More recently, venture capital has found it's way into the wine space. Winc and Naked Wines fit this profile. There are others of course. Major media has come into the wine space. After all, they have significant email lists and the…

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2018 anniversary wines: 2008, 1998, 1988, 1978... 1848

by Stuart George

It was a year that might turn even the most devout teetotaller to drink – unless their name is Trump. In 2017, we witnessed the inauguration of a Twitter-obsessed reality TV star as US President (whose grandfather came from the Pfalz wine region in Germany); the ongoing tragicomedy of North Korea; shocking events in Manchester and Las Vegas; a never-ending war in Syria; and the devastating consequences of Hurricane Harvey and the Mexican earthquake. Compared to these events, fermented grape juice becomes even more insignificant. Nonetheless, let’s try and look to 2018 with optimism and savour the chance…

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