Melissa Vogt
Wine Journal
Why We Love Small Restaurants in Small Towns

Among all the wonderful towns to visit in wine country, there’s almost nothing we love more than the smallest towns. Why? Because small towns are home to small restaurants, and small restaurants mean you are guaranteed a personal experience with an insider’s vibe....

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The Heart and Soul of Mendocino Wine Country

With all the political shenanigans in the news media, it’s feeling ever more prescient to take breaks from reality and find respite for the soul, and Mendocino wine country provides the perfect opportunity to get away from it all....

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5 Incredible Cocktail Bars in San Francisco

When it comes to cocktail bars in San Francisco, there is no shortage of options. With talented mixologists whipping up homemade tinctures, liqueurs, syrups, and more, there's never been a better time to drink in the City by the Bay....

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Dining in Milano, Italy: Osteria La Risacca

On our last night in Italy, my husband and I dined at Osteria La Risacca in Milano. The restaurant was very elegant, with white table cloths and fine glassware, as well as a standing ice bucket beside each table—the latter a bit cheesy, but practical given that most knowledgeable wine lovers would be ordering white wine with the seafood-based menu....

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Where to Drink in Genova, Italy

I’ve detailed the many cafés and wine bars that I visited during my stay in Genova, Italy. Each comes recommended for a different reason, offering a nice variety of atmospheres in which to enjoy the two best beverages in the world: coffee and wine!...

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Where to Eat in Genova, Italy

I’ve compiled a list of the best eateries I discovered while spending time in the authentic port city of Genova. All of these places come highly recommended and offer a wide variety of cuisine at varying price-points....

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Mendocino County: A Visit to Hopland

The town of Hopland is much like the towns of Philo and Boonville in Anderson Valley. There is no stoplight—or stop sign, for that matter—and only a handful of restaurants, shops and markets. Although, still being Northern California, even this limited offering still brings lots of quality....

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Dining in Milano, Italy: L’Angolo di Casa

L’Angolo di Casa was small but inviting, warm and smelled heavenly. The staff was friendly and patient in communicating with us in what little Italian we knew....

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Milano: Decidedly Modern While Embracing History

This modern city is known as the home of fashion and the big business capital of Italy, but visitors like myself are discovering that the city has much more to offer than just its fashion and business—namely, the food and drink scene!...

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California Girl Goes to Italy: Italian Coffee Culture

While in Italy, I was taken aback by the way coffee is not a beverage, but rather a lifestyle. In this article, I detail some of the ways Italian coffee culture is unique from the way we do coffee here in the States....

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