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10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

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*Featured photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Cellars* Reading Time: At 3,729 square miles in size, Santa Barbara County offers unique topography and climatic diversity that give birth to six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos District, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Santa Ynez Valley. The distance between the grape-growing area…

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

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Reading Time: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Situated at the northeastern end of the Mediterranean basin, the country lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Due to its geographical position, Cyprus’s history is marked by turbulence and its culture shaped by different influences—from…

Saperavi: Georgia’s Flagship Red Wine Grape

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Reading Time: Exploring Georgia through the Vines While several countries have evidence for being the birthplace of grape wine, Georgia is the most outspoken about it. Some historians and linguists believe that “gvino/ღვინო”, the Georgian word for wine, is the precursor of vino, vin, wein, and wine. Scientists have found residue of wine in clay jars…

The Original Zinfandel from Croatia

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Reading Time: According to research, Zinfandel is originally from Croatia and it is known locally as Crljenak Kaštelanski. Some people in the USA may be familiar with Zlatan Otok as about five years ago, Gary Vaynerchuk tasted a Zlatan Otok Plavac Mali Barrique on his show and went bananas over it. He scored it 93+ points. Based on the current portfolio…

Reflection: Long-Term Travel And The Journey to Becoming Location Independent

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Reading Time: In December 2015, Matt and I concluded our first circuit of travel and flew back to Singapore, where I had two months to catch up with family and friends. During meetups, some questions kept popping up in conversations, and then there were other questions too that had never crossed my mind. I’ll always appreciate the people…

San Sebastian Pintxo Food Guide

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(Reading Time: ) There are only two places in the world that make me mourn inappropriately and twitch theatrically over their foods. First: Piedmont with her purist foodies who strive to conserve the most authentic expressions of her regional cuisine. Second: San Sebastián and her prideful nonchalance in everyday fine-food affair. As the title suggests,…

10 Reasons Why Travelers are Better Equipped for the Professional Life

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Reading Time: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts; it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you–it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body.” Anthony Bourdain   Resumes rarely feature a person’s travel experience and…

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