Kelley Drinks the World

A Perfect Day at Wente Vineyards

One of the most storied vineyards in the US, the Wente Vineyards property in Livermore, California is a delight to visit. From golfing during the day, grabbing lunch at the Grill to tasting in the afternoon or catching one of their legendary concerts in the evening, Wente has everything you are looking for, even if it's just a good glass of wine or a great view. Special highlights include interviews with the family owners, Carolyn Wente and winemaker, Karl Wente.

The Wine Experience at Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is one of the oldest and most famous in the US, so I went to the source, their stunning property in the Livermore Valley of California to find out how they make such good wines. I profile the vineyard and the signature wines of the Wente, from grape to glass style. Don't miss one of the several Tasting Rooms or the Winemaker's Studio where you get to play a winemaker and learn about blending wines. Special highlights include interviews with the family owners, Carolyn Wente and winemaker, Karl Wente.

Parducci Wine Cellars: The Destination Experience

There's so much to do at Parducci Wine Cellars in Mendocino County. I spent a wonderful few days exploring the beautiful grounds, the sustainable farming practices, the organic garden and the lovely tasting room experience. It's cozy, laidback and everyone that works there really seems to care that you have a great time, enjoy some beautiful wines and appreciate the good life. Plus they have pigs, chickens and sheep to round out the experience. Don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy on their patio! Don't miss a chance to taste one of the reserve wines, True Grit.

Parducci Wine Cellars: Conservation & Green Initiatives

Parducci Wine Cellars is winning awards & making huge strides in conservation. They've reduced their water usage, have created habitats for local wildlife, and practice sustainable farming methods. They don't use pesticides and rely on nature's own natural methods of regulating their grapes.

Parducci Wine Cellars: The Wine Experience

In Mendocino County, Parducci Wine Cellars is reinventing the typical wine experience. Not only does this estate care about the environment, limit water usage and give back to the ecosystem where the property lies, but it also is producing pretty incredible wines. I met with owner Tim Thornhill, a Texas cowboy that is approaching wine in a whole new way. I also met with the head winemaker, Bob Swain, to discuss the idea behind True Grit, Parducci Wine Cellars' reserve line. With over 50 years of history, impressive grounds, Redwood Oak Barrels and personal tasting experience, Parducci Wine Cellars is definitely innovating, from grape to glass.

Munich's Best Beergarden

Get Lost in Germany with Kelley Ferro In my opinion, Munich's Best Beer Garden is the Wirsthaus at BavariaPark, and believe me, that is high praise. Munich is home to some of the best beer gardens, large & small, indoors & out. This one really struck me because of it's laidback "locals-only" atmosphere, naturally beautiful landscape, very good food and of course, Munich's favorite Augustiner beer on tap. It's also just steps away from the Oktoberfest fair grounds. They also have the upscale Kongresshalle bar next door, perfect for the transition from a few steins and food by day, to a classy cocktail & dancing by night. Put this on...

A Tipsy Tour of Sonoma's Wine Country

Get Lost in Sonoma with Kelley Ferro You'd never guess that over 400 wineries dot the rolling hills of the rural Sonoma. But with some of the world's most famous wines, this peaceful region is serious about wine production. Kelley takes a tipsy tour through wine country, stopping at some of the most recommended wineries. She indulges in the Bubble Room experience at J Vineyard, meets the owner at Keller Estates, and sips a zinfandel at Dry Creek Vineyard.

The Wine Experience at Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards is one of the oldest and most famous in the US, so I went to the source, their stunning property in the Livermore Valley of California to find out how they make such good wines. I profile the vineyard and the signature wines of the Wente, from grape to glass style. Don't miss one of the several Tasting Rooms or the Winemaker's Studio where you get to play a winemaker and learn about blending wines. Special highlights include interviews with the family owners, Carolyn Wente and winemaker, Karl Wente.

Fruh: Cologne's Famous Beerhall

Get Lost in Germany with Kelley Ferro With the most central location just steps from the cathedral, Fruh has been serving up pig knuckle, gouda & brown bread and the city's signature drink, Kolsch, for over 100 years.

Munich's Famed Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus is known far & wide as Munich's signature beer hall, so we had to check it out. I have to say, the food, the atmosphere and the beer lived up to the hype! One of my favorite meals in Munich.

Saint Lucia's Nightlife

Get Lost in Saint Lucia with Kelley Ferro Nightlife in Saint Lucia Saint Lucia knows how to live the good life--sun & fun by day, street party & rum by night! Kelley hits the hopping nightlife of Rodney Bay by checking out some of the top bars & clubs and even the Casino. She also dances in the streets with the locals at the Gros Islet Jump-up!

Croatia's Local Products

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Croatia is fertile--it's countryside is ripe with fruits, vegetables, grapes and olives, it's forest filled with wild game and truffles and its seas teeming with the freshest fish. The islands boast stone used to build the palaces of the royals. Enjoy the local delights of Croatia with me.

Partying in Cape Town!

Get Lost in South Africa with Kelley Ferro: Episode 11 A city this beautiful can't have it all--amazing scenery, beautiful food, friendly people, beaches & mountains and wait, a fun nightlife too? Well we had to find out so myself and fellow travel buddies decided to kick it up one night and hit the town. Our local friends took us to Orphanage which to me, rivaled any cocktail club I've been to in NYC or Buenos Aires and later to Beerhouse--a rowdy but laidback beer hall filled with quality brews. Cape Town indeed has it all.

Drink a Batidos in Curacao

Get Lost with Kelley Ferro in Curacao! Kelley heads south to Curacao to bring you an Island Guide through the tips from the locals only! In this Get Lost episode local student Alexandra tells Kelley about the local refreshing fruit drink, batidos, and Kelley tries this island slurpee!

Drink Green Rum at Netto Bar

Get Lost with Kelley Ferro in Curacao! A Curacao Island Guide through the tips from the Locals only! In this Get Lost episode, local Anjali tells Kelley where to find one of a kind green rum at a popular local bar downtown.

Ca' Lunae: Tasting Wine at a Ligurian Vineyard

Get Lost in ITALY with Kelley Ferro The Ligurian coast is stunningly beautiful and has even more to offer than just Cinque Terre. The coastal towns are breathtaking and the wine in Liguria is just as delicious! A perfect way to experience a family run wine producer is to take a tour of the Ca' Lunae winery in Castelnuovo Magra. The beautiful grounds, lovely old farmhouses showcase the history of winemaking, the unique properties of the Ligurian wines and of course, the beautiful story of the Bosoni family's famed product. Stay for the day and indulge in a tasting! Don't forget to take home a bottle or two! Salut!

Eating & Drinking in Alberta

Trendy restaurants in Calgary. Cook-your-own-steak at the Last Chance Saloon. Gin in Turnery Valley. Beef jerky in Longview. Wieners in Waterton. There are so many food & drink adventures in Alberta--and many are locally sourced from farms, ranches and mountains of Alberta. Meat is definitely on the menu but don't miss some of the other highlights throughout the region. Loved the brother-run Wieners of Waterton & next door Waffleton for lunch or breakfast. Don't miss Eau Claire Distillery for some of the tastiest gins & vodkas I've ever had. Also, I enjoyed checking out the hip restaurants in Calgary serving up different fare. Ten Foot Henry has incredible vegetables, Sidewalk...