Month: November 2016

From Grgic to Grgich

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene 2 What's the difference between Grgic and Grgich?  Looked at one way, there is almost no difference - they are just an "h" apart. Looked at differently, they are about 6,271 … Continue reading From Grgic to Grgich

Living in Beer Country

Okay, so maybe Napa Valley is not beer country yet.  But over the past couple of years a number of brewing operations and brew houses have sprung up in the Valley and become instant go-to destinations.  We previously wrote about one of our favorite beer spots, Carneros Brewing Company, which is in Sonoma County close … Continue reading Living in Beer Country

What Are You Grapeful For?

Wouldn't it be nice if drinking wine was considered an act of philanthropy?  Some of us would be donors on the scale of Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.  Well, I'm happy to report that there is a cool new concept that allows caring, big-hearted wine lovers to kill two birds with one stone:  enjoy great … Continue reading What Are You Grapeful For?

Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)

Late winter and early Spring are our favorite times in Napa Valley.  For one thing, the temperatures are milder and the influx of visitors has not yet reached its maximum volume.  It feels like we have the place to ourselves, at least on occasion.  A favorite part of late winter/early Spring is when the mustard … Continue reading Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)

Paradise, Napa Valley (Part I)

Images of Napa Valley often depict sprawling fields of grape vines and majestic winery structures that resemble castles or Tuscan villas.  Certainly those pictures are appropriate as we have literally miles and miles of vineyards and side-by-side wineries along Highway 29 and Silverado Trail.  However, Napa Valley is more than just grapes and wineries; for … Continue reading Paradise, Napa Valley (Part I)

Shouldn’t All Wine Be Natural?

Almost ten years ago we visited a prominent winery in Northern California to taste some of their wines.  We were motivated to visit by the fact that one of the world's top-rated restaurants (Napa Valley's The French Laundry) had recently added one of their wines to its impressive wine menu.  During the course of our … Continue reading Shouldn’t All Wine Be Natural?

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Croatia anymore

This is the sixth and final  installment in the chronicle of the European vacation where I decided to plan the entire trip and not tell my wife where we are going.  She has discovered each destination as we cross a border or enter a new city.  In most cases she has been in the dark … Continue reading I’ve a feeling we’re not in Croatia anymore

Croatia’s Terroir

This is the fifth  installment in the chronicle of the European vacation where I decided to plan the entire trip and not tell my wife where we are going.  She has discovered each destination as we cross a border or enter a new city.  In most cases she has been in the dark until almost … Continue reading Croatia’s Terroir