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Want to plan a wedding in wine country? Or perhaps a yoga retreat, a business conference, a family reunion or a getaway with friends. If you are tired of hotels, Triple S Ranch in Napa might be the answer. Triple S Ranch Napa is an historic California 1860’s ranch located in the hills above Calistoga. Approximately a 10 minute drive from Calistoga, you will head down a country road until you arrive at the Ranch.
I spent the past week drinking Madeira wines and I am still licking my lips. If you have not had Madeira, it is time to try it. It is not like any other wine you have ever had. And that is why it is the Please The Palate pick of the week. Madeira is a fortified wine, in which a neutral grape spirit is added. But, Madeira is also heated and oxidized, two things that we are always taught should never be done to wine. But, Madeira is the result of a centuries-old history. In the 1600s and 1700s, the wine was fortified in order to survive traveling on the sea. As the ships sailed through the tropics, the wine would be heated and cooled repeatedly, as well as exposed to oxygen. And that is how Madeira came to be.
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