Friday, November 8, 2013

Why Jon Rimmerman is a Rock Star

I found a new hero over the weekend: Jon Rimmerman, founder of Garagiste, a "100% independent, pro-consumer purveyor of wine, food, wisdom, and esoteric tidbits of travel and culture." What's not to love?

Rimmerman is all about high-value wine, and in his recent interview with GQ Magazine, he lists his favorite wine regions for finding high-quality wines for low prices. What do you know—he loves all of the same places that I do! And thanks to his booming success (Garagiste sold $30 million of wine in 2012 according to the New York Times), these beautiful wine regions are getting more attention. In honor of Jon Rimmerman's awesome wine philosophy, here is a collection of Ravenous Traveler articles focused on the wine regions that he and I both love: the Columbia River Gorge, Puglia, Italy, and the wine regions surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. (If only he'd included the wines of Croatia!)

The Columbia River Gorge:
"The Columbia Gorge, in Washington and Oregon, is the most exciting wine region in America," says Rimmerman

Courtesy of Columbia Gorge Winegrowers

Washington Magazine: Pour on Columbia, Drink in the relaxed tasting rooms of the Columbia River Gorge
Travel + Escape: A River Runs Through It: Road Trip in the Columbia Gorge
Ravenous Traveler: Waterfall of Wine Weekend: The Columbia Gorge Passport Tour
Ravenous Traveler: Tips for Wine Tasting in the Columbia Gorge and Hood River
Ravenous Traveler: Hood River Wine Tasting in the Columbia Gorge

Puglia, Italy:
“If you like Zinfandel, try Negroamaro from Puglia, Italy." —Jon Rimmerman

Map of Puglia wine region courtesy of Italian Flavor Consortium The Budget Traveler's Wine Tasting Guide to Italy Tasting and Talking About Puglia Wine Puglia, Italy’s Summer Food and Wine Festivals Wine Tasting in Puglia, Italy
WhyGo Italy: The Mediterranean Diet in Southern Italy
i-Italy Magazine: Pirro Varone: Organic Wine In Southern Italy
i-Italy Magazine: Southern Italian Cult Wine: Q&A with Sergio Botrugno
i-Italy Magazine: Q&A with Winemaker Massimiliano Apollonio
i-Italy Magazine: Cantine Aperte In Salice Salentino
Ravenous Traveler: Puglia Wine Review
Ravenous Traveler: Guide to Wine Tasting in Puglia
Ravenous Traveler: Puglia's Most Important DOC Wines
Ravenous Traveler: Wine in Puglia: Interview with Valle dell'Asso Winery
Ravenous Traveler: Michele Caló & Figli Winery: Living the American Dream in Italy

Wine Regions surrounding Cape Town, South Africa:
“Cape Town is a mélange of everything a person looks for. It's spiritual. It's edgy. And the wine region is one of the most untapped. —Jon Rimmerman

Viator Travel Blog: Guide to Wine Tasting near Cape Town, South Africa
Travel + Escape: Drinking Up South African History

Monday, November 4, 2013

Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar: Presenting Kelowna on a Plate

 Originally published in Northwest Travel Magazine

Farm to Table has come a long way since originating in the 1960s, and today, many of us, especially in the Northwest, expect to find farm-fresh ingredients in a fine-dining setting. Mark Filatow, chef and sommelier at Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, in Kelowna, B.C., certainly has access to advanced cooking techniques and international flavors, but he’s chosen to take farm to table to an entirely new level: back to the basics.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

24 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

24 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia originally published on

When I first arrived in Zagreb, Croatia, I immediately felt as though I’d stumbled onto something entirely new: a medium-sized city that had been hidden behind the closed walls of Yugoslavia until its dissolution, and then the following war for independence. I took a deep breath of the fall air and found the aroma of paprika mixed with micro-roaster coffee, and it was enough to awaken all five senses. It turned out I was right: This really was something new.

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