New Zealand’s Wine Island

Waiheke Island might be small, but it has made a big name for itself. Merely a 45-minute ferry ride from Auckland, this island hosts over a dozen vineyards, with many being a walkable distance from one another. My husband Jimmy and I chose New Zealand’s epic wine island as our final day trip of our honeymoon. However, while I felt prepared going into it, I noticed that though there are many guides on what to do on Waiheke, there are not very many on how to do it. So… here we are!

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Beliveau Farm Winery

Nestled in the mountains near Blacksburg, Virginia, this was actually my second trip to Beliveau. My first was a few years ago and a bachelorette where we hit on the tasting room attendant for a friend and were not-so-hilariously rejected. Since then, they’ve switched to stemless glasses due to some breakage issues, but the quality of the wine remains just as good.

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Cheers to the weekend #8

Just like that, there are less than two weeks until our honeymoon! My husband and I will be spending our first Christmas and New Years together as a married couple in sunny New Zealand. On…

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The Dog & Oyster Vineyard

Have you ever heard of the term “terroir” before? It’s a French term that basically expresses that grapes taste like where they are grown. You can take two identical grapes and make wine with them in identical ways, but if grown in separate places, you’ll still get totally different wines. The Dog & Oyster Vineyard completely capitalizes on this. Located in Virginia’s Northern Neck and right next to the bay, you can taste the salty brine-y goodness of the sea in their wines. This ain’t your typical Virginia mountain winery.

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Cheers to the Weekend #4

Just like that, another Halloween is behind us. Now, as we approach the end of fall, I have just one request–Can we please get Thanksgiving behind us before we go full Christmas mode? I recently…

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