Paul Franson's
Travel Tastes


Travel Tastes features writing about travel , food and wine pleasure and business and the delightful synergy when they mix. A sister site, NapaLife, focuses on travel, food and wine in Napa Valley, the heart of America's wine country.

Updated June 1, 2014

Two for the Road: Visiting Tuscany with my granddaughter Denise Napa Valley Register

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Wine for wine lovers from around the world

Wine World -- Articles on wine for consumers from Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Country Living, Napa Valley Register, Reno Gazette Journal, Senior Connections, Wine Enthusiast, Solano and other publications.

Wine Business -- Articles about the wine industry from Wine Business Monthly, Vineyard & Winery Management and other publications.

Senior Connection -- Articles from one of America's leading magazines for wine-loving seniors

Wines of Europe

Lauguedoc wines shed their rough image


Wines of Georgia Napa Valley Register



Exploring Iberia Napa Valley Register


Romania seeks a drink of the US wine market


Planting in Pompeii: Mastroberardino recreates ancient wines
Napa Valley Register


Improved Sicilian Wines Attract New Fans



Wine in general

Why Americans don't drink wine; the origins of Trader Joe's Napa Valley Register

Labels Gone Wild Wine Enthusiast.


Second Careers in Wine Wine Enthusiast

Wines from the heart of Texas

Wine in the West Wing: Wines served in the White House
Wine Enthusiast



Wines from America other than Napa Valley


Nicolás Catena: the “Bob Mondavi” of Argentina
Wine Business Monthly

Chile beckons vintners and travelers

Wine from Key West


The most-visited winery in America -- Biltmore Estate


Wine trails in Steinbeck country Napa Valley Register


San Benito - California's hidden wine region Napa Valley Register










Winemaking in Georgia

The White House

Catena's Neo-Mayan wine temple

mount vesuvius

Pompeii rises above new vines

Life in Napa Valley

A Millionaire's Guide to Buying the Napa Dream Food & Wine.

Napa Valley's subterranean wineries including Palmaz and Jarvis. 

Wines & Vines.



Impressive Palmaz winery




Two for the Road: Visiting Tuscany with my granddaughter Denise

Napa Valley Register


Sirmione: A gem in Lake Garda Napa Valley Register

The United States

Mendocino offers friendly, informal tastings and fine wines

Fort Bragg: Mendocino's overlooked Cinderella






































The Weller House Inn in Fort Bragg

veramonteVeramonte Winery in Casablanca Valley



Escape to paradise? A year on a sailboat in Antigua

Return to Paradise (15 years later)


14 days in as islands: A sailing cruise through Greece's Dodecanese Islands.

Selkie in English Harbor, Antigua



Abalone farmers make a rare treat available Napa Valley Register.

Beyond Salads, Felafel or Hummus  Using garbanzos in Italian pancakes, pizzas, polenta, panisse and panelle Napa Valley Register


Local authors fill cookbook shelves

A Southern barbecue


A fish story Napa Valley Register.
Simple Wok-Smoked Salmon
Napa Valley Register.



Food from the Republic of Georgia Napa Valley Register


Hot stuff: Wood burning ovens Wine Country Living


Fast Food from Italian Islands Napa Valley Register




Finding the new Caribbean cuisine




Paella Dinner at Schramsberg Napa Valley Register



La Cucina del Castello: A "vegetarian" cooking school in Tuscany Napa Valley Register 




A Tuscan dinner feast at Long Meadow Ranch  Napa Valley Register


A Georgian feast

The local market in Iles des Saintes off Guadelupe

Tochi "castle," site of the cooking school

The view from Long Meadow Ranch


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