Porto, Portugal

After our longest bus ride yet we landed in Porto, Portugal. Though it was the longest (13 hours) transit, it was the most enjoyable because of the breathtaking views of the northern coast of Spain and Basque Country. Porto has spectacular mountains, rich history, and the famous Douro River. Just south of Porto across the…

Photo Gallery ~ Bilbao, Spain

We spent three beautiful days in Bilbao eating pintxos, drinking wine, and lounging on the beach in Basque Country. View from Artxanda. You can take a tram from the city center – Funicular de Artxanda to the top for spectacular city views. Art installation at the Guggenheim. Stranger Things took over Bilbao! Street performance featuring…

Three Weeks on a Bordeaux Vineyard

We arrived at the vineyard three weeks ago with only the knowledge that we would be assisting where needed in the vines and the cellar. Château Brandeau produces natural wine and though this is a loose term in the realm of wine classification, it is taken very seriously to keep winemaking as natural and eco…

Spring is in the air and that means Rosé season is upon us

Rosé is a beloved spring and summer beverage. Let’s talk rosé and how to order like an expert, just in time for warm weather. Let’s start with the basics. There are three methods when making Rosé -Maceration., Saignee, and Blending. Maceration Method is a rosé made from red grapes with minimal skin contact. All grape…