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Wine and Charcuterie with Karen Bonarrigo

Each harvest Messina Hof offers a wine and food pairing experience.  Karen Bonarrigo, our resident wine and food pairing expert, selects a theme.  2015 features wine and charcuterie.  Charcuterie is defined as the art of making sausages and other cured, … Continue reading

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TexSom 2015

Messina Hof is so honored to be part of the TexSom annual event.  Not only is it a place to meet the passionate wine enthusiasts and professionals of the world but also to taste rare wines, learn from producers, and … Continue reading

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Sicily 2 – Sicily Southeast

Sicily 2 – Sicily Southeast Paul and I have always wanted to go totally around the island of Sicily. Beach after beach all around the coastline punctuated by backdrops of high rugged mountains forming steep valley walls create the visual … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015-Santiago

Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Santiago -By Mike Vidrine February 7th, 2015 – Saturday There are 23 of us Gringos in the group. 23 Gringos There are about 6 million people in Santiago and about 17 million in the … Continue reading

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Sicily Part 1 – Getting There – How to Minimize Plane Fatigue

Sicily, Italy 2015  Part 1-Getting There-How to Minimize Plane Fatigue Traveling abroad is filled with so much happy anticipation except for the flight to get there. This is usually the source of dread. 10-15 hours in the air is a … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Valparaiso

Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Valparaiso -By Mike Vidrine Valparaiso is the second most important port in Chile. Back in the day it was even more important because before the Panama Canal went in, it was a major port … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015- Santa Cruz

Messina Hof Chile Trip 2015 – Santa Cruz -By Mike Vidrine February 8th, 2015 – Sunday Back on the bus after lunch and on to Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). This drive was on the Pan American highway, which supposedly runs … Continue reading

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Santiago, Chile 2015 – Day Two

Santiago, Chile 2015 Day Two – Toneleria Nacional Barrel Making Not only are the Chilean and Texas flags similar, but the sense of independence and innovation can found also.  On a recent tour of the Toneleria Nacional barrel making facility outside of … Continue reading

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Santiago, Chile 2015 – Day One

Santiago, Chile 2015 Day One Our 2015 Messina Hof VIP trip took us to the wine regions of Chile.  Paul and I arrivedearly to scout the area and become more familiar with the culture.  It always proves in the end … Continue reading

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Why Did We Decide to Open a Messina Hof Grapevine?

This weekend was such a celebration for the long awaited opening of Messina Hof Grapevine Winery.  What a perfect time to invite everyone into our new home.  The streets were filled with lights for Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life was … Continue reading

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