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A Look at the Aftermath of the Napa Earthquake in Men’s Health

Mens Health Earthquake“Does anyone know where the pets’ food ended up?” Jill Klein Matthiasson calls out over the noise. A jack hammer cracks against what was the brick staircase to the front door of her historic yellow farmhouse, while 10 of us—volunteers and friends—pack and move boxes from the first floor. The entire house will have to be lifted and put back onto its foundation.

On August 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of Napa Valley in California, otherwise known as the California Wine Country. The next day, the Matthiassons…

To keep reading: http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/will-wine-prices-rise-after-napa-earthquake

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Men’s Health asked me to answer the question whether volume loss of wine from the earthquake would mean wine disappearing from shelves, and prices going up.

In the article, I talk with Steve and Jill Matthiasson, Craig Camp, Carole Meredith, Jim Caudill, and others.

Thanks to Janice Cable, and Eric Spitznagel.

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Awesome Pack of Wines at Le Metro

The new Le Metro month of wines is getting ready to launch. This is a special one. Aaron has up’d the ante on hard to find, yummy wines here focusing on Italian varieties that have been made in California wine. These are special varieties, and some of my favorite wines coming out of California too.

Here’s a preview of the accompanying zine that I illustrated:

le-metro_Vol-X California Soil, Italian Soul

If you would like to learn more, order just this month’s Le Metro, or subscribe, Aaron would love to hear from you.

He mentioned they have a few extra packs for sale with this month, so if you’re interested, get on it! They’ll sell out quickly.

To check out Le Metro: http://lemetrowine.com/

Cheers!

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Walking through Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires glows with color. Huge swaths of town celebrate an off-white, silvery hue of European influenced architecture. Mixed into the cityscape are neighborhoods and buildings bursting with vibrancy.

The famous Casa Rosada in the Plaza de Mayo, known internationally for Evita‘s influence and speeches from its porch side while serving as the country’s House of Government, offers one such example. Near the water the neighborhood La Boca celebrates a wealth of multi-toned buildings believed to be colored originally with paints taken from boat preparations left over at port.

Off-and-on over the next while I’ll be looking at wine in Argentina, as tasting and interviews have continued since return to the States last month. When traveling Argentine wine most of our time was spent in Mendoza. However, we also had a day in the country’s largest city.

Following are photos from Buenos Aires, focusing mainly on a walk through La Boca. I love finding my way into portraits.

Casa Rosada

outside the Casa Rosada

Plaza de Mayo

visiting the Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

the Plaza de Mayo

Photos of La Boca

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I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful afternoon.

Cheers!

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We arrived to discover we’ve been featured in the local paper, twice! This photo image by Do Bianchi shows the precisely focused article in Friuli’s Economic news. We’ve been talked about on a few local blogs as well. Turns out wine bloggers in Friuli is hot local news!

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Hello all!

To prepare for the holiday, and get a rest after the close of a busy Fall-Winter semester, Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews will be taking it easy this coming week.

A wine review comic will be posted Monday through Friday, but without the written follow-up. Also, the wine review comics for this week will be reviews previously done for The Wine Loft, Flagstaff, AZ without having appeared here.

More new reviews will start December 26.

Beginning December 26 the format of Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews will change a little bit. At that time posts will appear here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a shift to more of a feature focus. The new format will allow me to take a more in-depth approach with, for example, a look at particular wineries, or side-by-side tastings of similar wines from different regions.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Every Friday wine review comics by me are posted to The Wine Loft, Flagstaff, AZ facebook fan page. Three wine review comics are featured there already. Check them out!

If you like them, click “like” on the comic link.

Also, links to the wine review comics featured at The Wine Loft, Flagstaff, AZ fan page can be found here under “Other Comics Projects.”

Wine review comics for wines not currently available at The Wine Loft are also posted here at Rachel Learns to Drive once a week.

The Wine Loft in Flagstaff, AZ has an excellent, and varied wine selection. The wine buyer is knowledgeable about wine, looks for good value (high quality, low cost) wine, and is smart at recommendations too. They also specialize in Belgian, and Belgian-style beers, and have high quality specialty-cheese plates for snacking.

If you’re visiting the Southwest United States region, check them out in person right in downtown Flagstaff!

Here’s their fan page link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/thewineloftflagstaff

All wine review comics drawn by Lily-Elaine Hawk Wakawaka Copyright 2011 all rights reserved. When sharing or forwarding, please attribute to WakawakaWineReviews.com