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And the winner is. . . Erica, with this comment:

“I’m looking forward to going for the first time…. and Opolo Vineyards Petite Sirah.”

Erica, please email traveleatlove @ gmail dot com with your contact info so I can set you up with your tickets.

Everyone else interested in the Boston Wine Expo, please visit their website!


The Boston Wine Expo is right around the corner! As always, it takes place over President’s Day Weekend in Boston, and it’s a fun option for spending time indoors during our usually wretched winters. This year’s Boston Wine Expo celebrates 25 years of great wine tasting in Boston

Boston Wine Expo preview

I have given a pair of tickets to the Sunday wine expo Grand Tasting to give away to a lucky blog reader. Are you ready for a global wine adventure right here in Boston? Do you love wine tasting as much as I do?

Entering is easy. Check out the exhibitor listing pages and let me know what exhibitor and varietal you are most looking forward to tasting (Decoy Sonoma County Pinot Noir, for example).

For an extra entry, tweet: “I want to win @bostonwineexpo tickets from @traveleatlovemm” with a link back to this post.

I will choose a winner next Monday morning, giving you a full week to enter to win!

For more information on the Boston Wine Expo, please visit the below links.

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To check out my experience at one of the Boston Wine Expo wine seminars, visit this post.

For more wine blog posts, please visit my wine page.

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Wine from Spain can offer some really great value, and while we love collecting some really special wines, we also really appreciate a weeknight wine, one that doesn’t break the bank but that still tastes great.

This 2014 La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha is one of those wines. I loved it’s bright, cheery berry notes that were followed by a hint of spice. It definitely made me feel like taking a trip to Spain!

photo (59) I try to not judge a book by its cover (wine by its label) but I did love this label. A note from the winery about it:

The zebra on the label shows her desire to change her image. She paints her pelt a brighter colour. This represents the desire of the wine to change the traditional world of wine to an innovative new concept.

While this wine might be a bit too big and bold for your Thanksgiving turkey, it would be great with appetizers like stuffed mushrooms, some salty hard cheeses, sausage, meatballs, and more.

Speaking of Thanksgiving menus, our menu will look a little like this again this year. I think a dry sparkling wine goes perfectly with the whole Thanksgiving meal. Get a few bottles chilled and make someone responsible for keeping glasses full!

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It’s a Northern Sonoma County must-visit! Wine, gardens, views for days, Quivira Winery, in the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg, California, has all of the above and more. This property had just so much life peeking out  from every corner that you could spend an entire day checking out flowers and chickens and vegetables, not to mention stopping back in the tasting room for a sip of wine here or there.

We visited Quivira on the same day we visited Lambert Bridge and Truett Hurst, a hot, dry, perfect blue sky day, where splashes of cold Sauvignon Blanc went down a treat.

Quivira Winery, Healdsburg

Quivira is in a beautiful location in the Dry Creek Valley, surrounded by vineyards and trees, and there is something super calming and soothing about their property. The way it is laid out, with gardens all around and farm animals not far down (piglets!) is made for wandering, and the welcoming staff definitely encourage it.

Quivira Winery

summer flowers in wine country

The tasting room is bright and airy, and there were a couple of small, fun groups tasting wine and enjoying the day. There was such a nice vine in the room. As I said above, we went in and out of the tasting room, bringing our tastes out in the garden to soak up the sun. I think I maybe stored enough to get me through to January?

I was really loving mineral-y Sauvignon Blancs on this trip, bursts of lime, hints of grapefruit, mouthwatering acidity but also balance, like in Quivira’s Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. I’m also loving Mourvedre more and more and am excited to see it appearing on more California tasting lists. Like the tasting notes say this wine offered juicy dark cherries and more importantly, those pepper notes that I seek. I love when a wine hits my tongue and there is an immediately recognizable spice.

Quivira Winery tasting room

As you probably know, I will never turn down a Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, and despite the heat (or maybe because of it) the 2011 Quest Zinfandel was amazing. A texture like velvet, and again, that spice, a bit of jam, yum.

The Wine Creek Ranch Dry Creek Valley Rosé wasn’t on the tasting we chose, but we got to have a taste anyway and ended up taking home a bottle of this GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend.  It was perfect perfect perfect with the warm sunshine and dusty air. Strawberry notes dominated with subtle spice on the finish. This wine is sold out for a reason. It is the perfect summer wine.

Quivira practices biodynamic farming which is interesting, a little mystical sounding, and something I’d like to learn more about. Biodynamic farming involves the entire ecosystem of the vineyard and  results in the smallest carbon footprint possible. Their site offers a good bit of information on what biodynamic farming means and how each living thing on their property contributes to that.

Quivira Winery gardens

I probably sound by a broken record at this point, but we have visited a LOT of wineries in our travels, and Quivira is definitely one I would put at the top of your list for spending at least an hour at. The vibrancy of the property, its people, and of course, the wine all draw you in and make it so that you don’t want to leave. Then again, that’s Healdsburg for you.

Quivira Winery Quivira Winery gardens

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