Like most winemakers, John Davey adheres to the adage that “great wine begins in the vineyard,” but few winemakers can claim the enviable position that John enjoys today – that of overseeing winemaking from vine to bottle, an advantage that John believes gives the McLaren Vale-based Shingleback wines a competitive edge. After graduating with credit …

Founded in 1836, this cute town is laid out on a grid with a charming city center and lots of open space. It’s loaded with historic charm. Adelaide weather is moderate. Year-round blue skies yield winter temperatures of 61°F and 82°F in summer. It’s summer right now Down Under. This is area Australia’s wine capital, …

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin A new year is a great time to spend looking forward to new adventures and for me, the best time to take time to appreciate old friendships. Nearly 14 years ago …

Caution: David Liss may be habit-forming! I have enjoyed this entertaining author many a time through multiple reads.  His books seem to pull me in and make me want to keep turning the page even though I know I need to get on to something else.  Below are a couple of his novels that I …

This healthy alternative for typical holiday cookies from Love & Lemons has become a new household favorite. The hearty crunch from pistachio adds the perfect balance to the sweetness of dried cranberries and chocolate chips. 2 cups regular rolled oats 1 cup whole spelt flour 1 cup almond meal 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon …

BandonDunes Coast

What makes an epic trip? A special experience that is unexpected yet in retrospect exceeds all expectations is an epic trip. For me, that experience took place at Bandon Dunes, Oregon, this fall. We encountered weather that doesn’t happen often along the rainy Oregon coast: a slight breeze, high 60s and pure sunshine. I invited …

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and …

Roasted-Chicken

Roasted game hens are a fantastic alternative to traditional turkey or ham dinners on Thanksgiving Day, without being too complex. I recommend planning for about a half Cornish game hen per adult. 1 1/2 lbs baby potatoes, halved 1 lb carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges 2 Cornish …