October 24, 2017 This was my first venture into Gold Country, and despite the challenging traffic through Sacramento, I discovered the area to be a woodland wonderland. After researching boutique wineries in the area, I was attracted to the name "Secret Ravine" and drove out on a whim. The roads led through delicate meadows and mottled groves with farmhouses and an unassuming driveway.
May 1, 2017 Towering red cliffs and wide desert filled with Joshua trees surrounds Las Vegas, meandering through dusty roads to the town of Pahrump. An eclectic mix of independent survivors in rustic trailers and exquisite homes, it is not where you would expect to find a renowned winery. In a landscape of brush and rabbits, it was the first Nevada winery, but was neglected until 2003 when entrepreneurs Bill and Gretchen Loken stumbled across the opportunity to renovate and expand the business.
April 26, 2017 If a historical event could be said to have celebrity status, the sinking of Titanic would be a headliner. It has prompted endless academic papers, feature films, and several musicals. The disaster took center stage in the 1980s when the wreck was discovered and excavated, prompting the wildly popular movie that defined millennial culture. I remember when you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing "My Heart Will Go On." Although Titanic fever has passed, its significance and intrigue have not.