“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?
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Even if you are not familiar with Chicago, you may already know the Wicker Park neighborhood is one of the city’s “eat like a local” destinations, especially among young professionals whose idea of local is actually quite global. After a decade of high-concept comfort food and gastro-pubs, the Tan family took over a homey space on North Avenue to mix things up with the opening of Cebu. Cebu is not just a Filipino restaurant, but one focused on Cebuano regional cooking along with its Chinese and Spanish underpinnings.