Photo by Michelle Bainbridge Constantia South Africa
Photo by Michelle Bainbridge Constantia South Africa
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Visit Palisade, Colorado 

A Wine Country Itinerary


Broaden your horizons and plan a trip to Colorado's Western Slope for wine tasting and adventure. 



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Planning a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country. This article is full of pro tips.


Keeping safety first, plan your trip with these tips – 

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A Paso Roble Wine Country Itinerary

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Wine Blog


to South Africa


I share the "best of" visiting South Africa wine country in this guide. If you only have a short time to visit Constantia, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, take these tips.



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Planning your trip to Victoria Falls


WheresTheWineBlog went to Africa this year. While visiting wine country was a focus, we had to make a few excursions beyond. A trip to Africa was a "bucket list" kind of trip for us, so we had to include a visit to Victoria Falls.


Please take advantage of all of my research and tips for planning your trip. Or, just enjoy reading about our visit. 


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Your Guide to Dining

and Apres Ski

in Vail, Colorado


Sharing my favorites over the years – updated for 2019


I have been visiting the ski resort in Vail since 1990 (in fact, it is where I first skied in my lifetime). It has remained my favorite mountain destination for all of these years. So much so, that we purchased a home in 2012 and now live there most of the time. There are so many places on this list that have stood the test of time and remain the top choices. Of course, there are closures and openings each year. 


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Game Creek Club Restaurant Vail Colorado Photo by Jack Affleck

The Finest Dining Experience on Vail Mountian – The Game Creek Club Restaurant 


If you are a “foodie” living in, or visiting the mountain resort of Vail, Colorado, sometimes you just want to “elevate” your dining game. 


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Barolo Grill’s annual staff trip to Italy 2018


One of the best restaurants in the U.S. invests in customer service by taking the staff to Italy every year.


I have had the pleasure to patronize the Barolo Grill in Denver, Colorado for more than 20 years. Of the many constants during those years is an excellent, dare I say exciting, dining experience, convivial atmosphere and low staff turnover. Contributing to all of those is the owners’ commitment to staff training and immersion in Italian culture by organizing an annual trip to Italy.


As a sales professional in the wine industry, and by living in the neighborhood, I have had a “bird’s-eye” view of the growth of the restaurant’s food and wine program. The wine program has particular pedigree, gaining momentum under owner Blair Taylor, who moved on to focus on his wine importing business, to currently being owned by Ryan Fletter, who took the wine program to its current level over the past 2 decades.


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A Wine-lover’s guide to Willamette Valley, Oregon’s Wine Country


So, you are planning a trip to Oregon wine country. You’ve been mastering my tips on how you can travel like a wine industry insider and you’ve been picking up business cards at the wine tastings you have attended. Now it’s time to put those connections to good use by writing to each of those Willamette Valley winery contacts and requesting an appointment and complimentary tasting for your small group of wine “enthusiasts”. You will save $15-$60 per person, per tasting, by being “comped”. Another way to save on tasting room fees is to share one tasting between two, or more persons. Read on to find a great itinerary for visiting the Willamette Valley. 


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The Istria Peninsula of Croatia


By popular demand, I am reprinting my article in

Wine Country International Magazine.  


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Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta


The annual Wine and Chile Festival should be on your travel itinerary if you love wine in a beautiful setting.



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Hello. My name is Michelle and I want to share my tips on how to travel like a wine industry insider. 


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