Author Archives: Merrill

Messina Hof Cruises the Danube

Where have you dreamed of travel? Do you have a bucket list? Have you traveled with friends that share your passions? In 2017 Messina Hof traveled with over 60 of our VIPs on a dream trip of wine, food, history … Continue reading

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The Texas of Canada – Okanagan Valley

If I ask you what wine region is so large and diverse that you can grow just about any grape variety somewhere, hosts approximately 8,000 acres of grapes serving 300+ wineries with temperatures that can range from 10F to 104F, … Continue reading

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Sagrantino, A Taste of History

Undulating hills of green velvet checkered with a corduroy texture olive groves and vineyards are the canvas of the Montefalco experience.  The horizon is only broken by stately Italian Cypress trees, mountains or periodic villages.  Narrow roads wind aimlessly from … Continue reading

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Visit Villa Minna in Provence

Intellectual wines are wines that are too much work to understand.  It requires breathing, aeration, much contemplation to grasp the full character of the wines.  Villa Minna makes such wines.  The wines are subtle with delicate aromas, a distinctive minerality, … Continue reading

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Eight Travel Tips

Travel abroad can be exciting, adventurous, educational, and experiential.  It can also create a bit of anxiety and fear.  Much comfort and confidence comes from pre-trip preparation.  Here are 8 tips for safe, relaxed, and enjoyable travel. 1. Once you … Continue reading

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A Day in Istanbul

Istanbul is as colorful and diverse as the spices and brilliantly colored fabrics at the Grand Bazaar.  People are from all over the world and of every religion.  The city and the people are examples of extremes.  I had never … Continue reading

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A Day in Luberon

What are your favorite books?  Movies?  One of my favorite books is A Year in Provence.  One of my favorite movies is A Good Year.  Have you had the opportunity to experience the storyline that you love? Outside the Chateau … Continue reading

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A Messina Hof VIP Day in Pauillac

As our Messina Hof VIP group traveled through the countryside of Pauillac on a beautiful Sunday in June, massive stone Chateaux rose from the sea of green grapevine leaves on each side of the road like luxurious miniature fortresses.   They … Continue reading

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Messina Hof Helps Charities Raise Funds

“Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More than 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories support community–based and global projects … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Taste?

By Merrill Bonarrigo Do you taste what others do not? Do they smell what you do not? Larry O’Brien M.S. gave a great talk and tasting at the Durango Wine Experience on smelling and tasting wines. Larry works for Kendall … Continue reading

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