Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin State Fair Food – for your viewing pleasure, a photo tour of a sampling of the food stands I encountered on my way from the entrance of the fair to the location to buy the famous Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff.

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California Wine Country 2009 – Dry Creek – Day Two

One of the reasons that we were interested in headquartering our visit in the Dry Creek area was because you literally can’t turn around without encountering an interesting, Zinfandel-producing winery. This certainly proved to be true on this day.

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F. Teldeschi Winery

Our last stop of the day was certainly one of the most interesting. The Teldeschi’s are an old grape growing family with a long history in the area. Frank is the fourth generation of the family and the one who started the winery. He has some unique ideas about producing wines.

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Kokomo Winery

This winery was founded by two transplanted midwesterners. We were greeted at the door by Riley, the winery dog, who while at first showed great interest in us, eventually decided that we were boring.

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Papapietro Perry Winery

Papapietro Perry is located in what can only be described as an industrial park for wineries. Six small wineries have their production facilities clustered together. With land at a premium in Dry Creek Valley, this makes sense, and doesn’t detract from the wine…

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Zichichi Family Vineyard

In 2000 Steve Zichichi, a doctor from New Orleans and his wife purchased the vineyard and built the winery. The vineyard is planted in Zinfandel and Petite Sirah with the vines between 40 and 80 years old…

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Preston Vineyards

The Prestons are proponents of organic farming and are as involved in the making of olive oil and vinegar as they are their wines. The wines themselves are mostly Rhone varieties and Zinfandel.

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Bella Vineyards

Bella Vineyards is on West Dry Creek Road which is a narrow road running parallel to Dry Creek Road. One of their claims to fame is a cave tunneled under one of their vineyards that is used for barrel aging wine. It also contains the tasting room which lets you get into the spirit of things.

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David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery

David Coffaro has a unique perspective on winemaking that has earned the respect of his peers. He definitely does things his way. Like the use of screw cap bottles. Or blending grapes you’ve hardly ever heard of. Or selling most of his wine as futures. Or making a wine from the bottom of every barrel. Or making wines that are affordable.

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Dutcher Crossing Winery

On the second day of touring the Dry Creek region of Sonoma County, we visited Dutcher Crossing Winery.

Dutcher Crossing is located right on Dry Creek Road. The tasting room is in a modern wooden building that blends nicely into the surrounding vineyards.

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