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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Published on 3/31/2016

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One of Sicily's most celebrated family wineries dating back to 1887

Founded in 1887, the Casa Vinicola Grasso is based in the province of Messina in the northeastern part of Sicily. Located on the Tyrrhenian coast, it faces the Aeolian Islands. The Casa Vinicola Grasso has been handed down from father to son for four generations with a target constant over time: quality.

The company relies on the production of its own and affiliated vineyards to create its quality wines. Each wine harmoniously combines historical research of local traditions with modern technological solutions.

To explain the modern-day Feudo Solaria Winery, one must start at the beginning with Cantine Grasso ...



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Benjamin Franklin: A Man Ahead of his Time

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Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished revolutionary, but his private life reveals a complex personality”

On a cold wintery day, in colonial Boston, Benjamin Franklin was born on the 17th of January in the brand new year of 1706. There were 17 children, but Franklin himself, was the eighth of ten offspring within the second marriage for Josiah and his wife Abiah.

His formal education ended at 10, but Franklin was a dedicated reader and taught himself how to become a skilled writer and much later, an eloquent speaker.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

On The Spotlight
March 24, 2016
Ampelos Cellars
Santa Barbara County region

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Peter Work was scheduled to be in a meeting at the World Trade Center. A last minute cancellation and near miss with tragedy caused him and wife Rebecca to reevaluate things and question whether they should do something more meaningful with their lives."


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

On The Spotlight Friendship

A celebration of Friendship


Longfellow Wine Cellars

“Mark and Craig trace their roots back to Maryland, where they grew up in the neighborhood of Longfellow in Baltimore. They both attended the University of South Carolina and spent a memorable spring break trip in Napa Valley that sparked their initial interest in wine. After going their separate ways for graduate school, Mark and Craig both ended up in Northern California and in close proximity to wine country. They spent countless weekends visiting local wineries and learning about California wines and finally decided to start a winery of their own. Longfellow Wine Company, was born in 2000. Their inaugural vintage was crafted the following year.”



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JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Thursday, March 10, 2016


"Sometimes a once in a lifetime gift comes to you in a package that is not quite recognizable. It would be easy to set this gift aside and forget about it. If you are lucky enough to have your imagination and curiosity piques you will discover the rare and wonderful opportunity this gift brings to you. It can be life altering" ~ Rickey Trombetta Stancliff



Wednesday, March 2, 2016


What wine does with food is incredible,” he pronounced. “Few wines can actually stand alone. The remainder of the wines made should be enjoyed in the company of really good food.”
Taking a French approach, Margerum Wine Company, on each day, the staff gathers for lunch and talk in the same manner as many French chateaux and wineries do. "This gives the staff a greater appreciation of their work and accomplishments. It is also a fitting ending to the story of a 14-year-old’s first visit to France."