“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Susan Sokol Blosser said. And that was after a lifetime of hard decisions, beginning in the early 1970s, when Susan Sokol and her first husband, Bill Blosser, established Sokol Blosser Winery in Oregon, before Oregon had a viable wine industry. Hard decisions continued as she worked the vineyards and heavy equipment and, in 1991, became president of the winery. Then, in 2008, she tackled the hardest one of all. After a slow transition and without being pressured to do so, she resigned from the presidency and appointed her daughter, Alison, and son, Alex, co-presidents of the winery.
Today, 42 years after Susan and Bill planted their first vines, Oregon has 450 wineries, and Sokol Blosser is one of the most prominent. Not the largest — it made sure of that by cutting production — but simply one of the finest. Because most Oregon wineries produce Chardonnay, Sokol Blosser stopped and instead concentrates on Pinot Gris. Tasting its 2011 ($20) on a recent visit, I found it crisp and overflowing with freshness and fruitiness. Its Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée 2009 ($60), a Reserve-level wine, has dark berries in its aroma, fine structure and a long finish. The winery considers its Pinot Noir 2009 ($80) from its Goosepen Block vineyard its Grand Cru, and it is indeed an elegant wine — all berries with a bit of earthiness and ideal Pinot flavors.
And there is Evolution, two non-vintage blends that make up a majority of the winery’s production. The current white version, now in its 16th bottling, is lively with a tropical lushness ($15). Evolution Red, introduced two years ago, is a mélange of dark berries and spice with a smooth finish ($15).
Today, Susan volunteers as president of the Yamhill Enrichment Society, helping the community through innovative projects. The winery’s new, large tasting room opens this year. Alison, now 33, and Alex, 39, have proven the transition from first to second generation is a true success. And Dario, Alison’s 4-year-old son, says his favorite thing is playing in the vineyards. A third generation in the making?
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
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