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Fish Creek

A Fish Creek Adventure

  A bottle of Altamura sangiovese weighs a few pounds. Although my pack was heavy and we were walking roughly thirteen miles that day, I knew the wine was worth the extra weight….

Hanzell Vineyards Winery

For the Love of Winemaking

A group of us mountain people head over to Sonoma for a wedding last weekend. It was the kind of wedding where you can feel the bride and groom’s happiness in your soul….

Lost on the Trail

Lost on the Trail Again

Meeting up with friends in the backcountry can be harder than you might think: Nate, Jon and I were doing a loop around the Minarets via the North Fork San Joaquin and planned…

Nagigiga Farewell

The Nicest People on Earth

Fijians are arguably the nicest people on Earth – maybe even the universe. They are happy, friendly, smiling, accommodating, humble, beautiful and gracious. It is said that if you compliment a Fijian on…

GT Sashimi

Fijian Food: Culture and Cuisine

We ate a lot of tasty food in Fiji. Being an island nation, fish was abundant and served many ways. The traditional Kokoda quickly became a favorite: raw fish, served with lime, onion…


Larkmead Vineyards: Where Friends Meet and Wines Persist

At Larkmead, the tasting room is small and intimate. Colin, the winery manager and a Scotland native, greeted Elizabeth and I at the door with a genuine hello. He has lived in Calistoga…

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