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I enjoy creating original wine-pairing recipes that are healthful and delicious. I work for Touring & Tasting a Santa Barbara based wine club and national magazine as Food Editor. However, I am not paid for this blog and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I received my Personal Chef Skills Competency Award from the SBCC's School Of Culinary Arts. In 2012, I started Inside Wine - Santa Barbara with pal Lila Brown which features wine tastings with winery owners and winemakers. I also serve on the Board of the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts group, which had Julia Child as one of the founding members and funds scholarships for SBCC culinary students in her name.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Alaska Wine Cruise with Touring & Tasting

Seattle from the ship Celebrity Solstice
Allan and Marianna Green from Greenwood Ridge Vineyards and Milla Handley from Handley Cellars, both of Mendocino's Anderson Valley, were aboard Touring & Tasting's wine cruise to Alaska--pouring their wines for our group of wine lovers.

Allan Green of Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards has been chosen three times in the past few years as one of America's top 30 wineries by Wine and Spirits Magazine, which says, "Allan Green is a winemaker's winemaker and grower...He consistently produces phenomenal wines."

We loved his Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Late Harvest Riesling. His vineyards' position ridge-top allows him produce fully ripe Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the cool Anderson Valley AVA.

Milla Handley on Touring & Tasting wine cruise Winemaker/owner Milla Handley has also won countless gold medals and high ratings for her wines, including 95 points for her Mendocino County Pinot Noir and 93 points for her Pinot Gris. We loved these varietals she poured for us, plus her Chardonnay, Gew├╝rztraminer, and Pinot Noir Ros├ę. She also has ridge-top old-vine Zinfandel with great character. As she commented, "You can taste it in the vines all the way through to the wine...these wines have intensity, they have a story."

Cruising aboard Celebrity is definitely THE way to see Alaska! The spectacular scenery and wildlife unfolded beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows of the ship, we saw bears, orcas, bald eagles...without endless driving or uncomfortable camping. The Celebrity ships are loaded with amenities and activities, clean, comfortable and luxurious. Yet, we could still find adventure, back country hiking, glaciers and all the wild attractions of Alaska available at our ports of call.
Celebrity in Alaska Paul Arganbright of Touring & Tasting in Alaska

Some highlights of Touring & Tasting's "Wine Festival at Sea": the wine reception the first evening, the two winemaker seminars, and the impeccably paired wine luncheon in the Tuscan Grille.
wine tasting aboard Celebrity with Touring & Tasting wine seminar with Touring & Tasting aboard Celebrity

Click here to read more about Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Click here for Handley Cellars' website.
baby bears from Celebrity cruise Tracy Arm Fjord from Touring & Tasting wine cruise

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