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Vinously Chic by Melissa Unsell


Exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains: Ridge and Pichetti Vineyards

By Melissa Unsell   An enduring, rustic 15 mile climb up the Santa Cruz mountains has me eager and full of joy. We make our ascent with our first destination being Ridge Vineyards. The destination just may take your breath away.  Upon arriving, I almost stumble clumsily because I’m too busy looking down at Silicon Valley below (see images in… Read more →

Gourmet Ice Cream, Followed by Verdejo

By Melissa Unsell Let’s take a short reprieve from wine, just a short one, and talk ice cream. Ice cream cools us down on a hot summer day; why not make it gourmet! Check out these tasty ideas (click image to enlarge). *Image from InStyle magazine, June issue 2013 Once you’ve cooled down, please replace that empty spoon (immediately!) with… Read more →

Willamette Valley – A Version of Burgundy in the U.S. Part Three

Another beautiful day in the valley.  Today we venture into Newburg to visit more great wineries and continue our Pinot Noir adventure. We started at Adelsheim with a trade tour from Matt.  We tasted wines in distribution.  Most wineries in the valley produce a Rose of Pinot Noir in the summer and begin the tasting with the dry, pink stuff.… Read more →

Willamette Valley – A Version of Burgundy in the U.S. Part Two

  Here in the valley, the sun rises around 5:30am. At that time the stillness and serenity is gracefully interrupted by birds chirping and welcoming the morning sun. Brian and I spent the morning having coffee under the pine tree in the middle of the vineyards – the weather was brisk with great sunshine.   Today we had a driver… Read more →