Living the Dream in a Relais & Chateaux in Tuscany 

My first year as an International Active Tour Guide took me to a place where I had only dreamed of living: Tuscany! It seemed too good to be true: My company was paying me to go the land of vineyards, cypress trees and medieval villages where little ristorantes cook up fresh pasta...

‘Tis the Season for Barolo

For me, the holidays are the best time for slow cooked meals, good company and powerful red wines. The combination of cold temperatures, short days and the spirit of celebration creates the desire to be cozy inside with people you love. It’s the perfect occasion to make a delicious roast...

My first Taste of Croatian Wine

When I found out that I would be guiding bike tours on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, I realized that it was the perfect opportunity to open up the bottle of Croatian wine that I had been saving. I had a bottle of Grgić Pošip that a friend and fellow...
‘Tis the Season for Barolo

‘Tis the Season for Barolo

For me, the holidays are the best time for slow cooked meals, good company and powerful red wines. The combination of cold temperatures, short days and the spirit of celebration creates the desire to be cozy inside with people you love. It’s the perfect occasion to make a delicious roast...
Eroica: Vintage Bikes, Wool Jerseys & Wine

Eroica: Vintage Bikes, Wool Jerseys & Wine

Every October in Tuscany, something extraordinary happens: people are taken back in time to the glory days of cycling – the days before doping, computers and high-tech  components could put one ahead of the rest; The days when bicycles were made of steel and wool jerseys were the norm. In...

Living the Dream in a Relais & Chateaux in Tuscany 

My first year as an International Active Tour Guide took me to a place where I had only dreamed of living: Tuscany! It seemed too good to be true: My company was paying me to go the land of vineyards, cypress trees and medieval villages where little ristorantes cook up fresh pasta...
Grape Pickin’ in Piedmont 

Grape Pickin’ in Piedmont 

Participating in the dolcetto grape harvest in the heart of Piedmont
Backpacking, Blind Tasting and Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Backpacking, Blind Tasting and Stuffed Squash Blossoms

I recently returned home from a 4 day backpacking trip with my husband and our dog in the spectacular Weminuche Wilderness. It was just enough time to get into our groove and become accustomed to hiking with heavy packs and dial in our daily camp tasks. As we filtered water...
Sauvignon Blanc Dances with Zesty Summer Spreads

Sauvignon Blanc Dances with Zesty Summer Spreads

Find out why Sauvignon Blanc is a great summer wine to pair with summer food
Wine and Other Surprises in the Sonoran Desert

Wine and Other Surprises in the Sonoran Desert

Finding delicious wine and other surprises (like Gila Monsters!) in the Sonoran desert of Arizona.
Perspectives from The Canyons

Perspectives from The Canyons

Feeling small among the grandiose canyons of southern Utah...
Coffee Culture from Colorado to Italy 

Coffee Culture from Colorado to Italy 

The cultural differences of a simple morning coffee ritual in Colorado and Italy.