Melissa Vogt

3 Reasons to Pair Zinfandel and BBQ

I’m married to a man who was born and raised Kentucky, so to say he likes his Southern cuisine is an understatement. Lucky for us, there’s actually quite a few Southern BBQ joints in Sonoma County, and one we particularly like in our home town of Santa Rosa called Sweet T’s. And if a Kentucky boy turned California man approves of this place, then you know it’s got to be good....

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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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10 Outstanding Red Wines from Switzerland

What do you know about the wines of Switzerland? Our very own Stephan Reinhardt recently sought out 50 memorable wines from this picturesque wine region for our Interim End of January Issue. Today, I've highlighted 10 outstanding red wines from his report.

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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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10 Top-Scoring Dry Rieslings from Wine Advocate Issue 228

Being a lover of dry German Riesling, I decided to look through Stephan's "Germany, Nahe Valley: 2015 - A Great Vintage For All" report and pull out ten top-scoring, dry Rieslings. As the title of the report suggests, these wines are all from the 2015 vintage, which turned out to be a great vintage for the region.

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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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12 High-Scoring Argentinian Wines for Less than $100

I sifted through Luis Gutiérrez' Argentina report and pulled out the wines that have scored 95 points or higher, while still costing $100 or less. How's that for a bargain?

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Top 10 Wines from Chianti Classico in Issue 228

In recently perusing our latest Issue 228, I was drawn to Monica Larner's Chianti Classico report. With more than 220 wines, there are plenty of excellent options from which to choose when looking for impressive bottlings.

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California Girl Goes to Italy: An Overview of Milano, Genova, Cinque Terre and Alba

On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the cities of Milano, Genova and Alba, with a day-trip to Cinque Terre. Among these four destinations, I visited countless cafés, bars and restaurants, taking in all of the food and wine culture that this beautiful country has to offer. Here is an overview of my travel destinations, with more in-depth looks at what to do in each city to come!

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Studying Ampelography in Napa Valley

Ampelography is the identification and classification of grape vines. You may be wondering why identifying and classifying grapevines is important. Without it, you simply cannot tell from the grape itself or from a cluster of grapes what the variety is.

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