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Art Beat: The Antiques Diva visits Tres Suenos Winery

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3g_04wZ4SI/AAAAAAAAEOY/Dq35aEO-SxY/s400/112.JPG” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Each year for Christmas I return home to America, enjoying time with family and friends – this annual time in Oklahoma restores my soul after a busy year, keeping me grounded as I return to my roots, taking long drives in pickup trucks, staring out at cattle-filled pastures and singing “home on the range”. My sister and I giggle and chat late into the night like we did when we shared a bedroom, first a bunk bed as children and later a double bed in a room with traditional rose petal wallpaper for me and funky touches for my sister.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3hCaU-ne-I/AAAAAAAAEPo/sMw932cRzC0/s400/Cowboy+Diva.jpg” border=”0″ />While I’m in the States, my sister and I try to spend as much time together as possible – we sneak out of her house early in the morning to invade the local Barnes & Noble for coffee and bagels while chatting over a stack of crumb-filled decorating books and magazines. And I follow her as she tends to life with her 6 kids. In some ways we’re as different as night and day: me living in Europe with my cat and no kids and she in Oklahoma, the modern-day (yet exceedingly more hip) Old Mother Hubbard (with piercings and flared blue jeans). But those are just surface details – people can always tell we’re sisters.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 310px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3hAC8xm38I/AAAAAAAAEPI/xx6QzN1MyUw/s400/little+diva.jpg” border=”0″ />When I follow her to the grocery store someone inevitably stops us saying, “You MUST be related!”, commenting on the way we both talk with our hands. And one morning while in Starbucks, a woman eavesdropping from the next table sputters, “It’s like watching someone talk to themselves in a mirror!” adding “You’re both so excited!”. And most recently, when we walked into a printing company to view a sample copy of the local monthly art journal my sister edits, the guy behind the counter leapt to his feet and yelled, “I never knew you had a sister!”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 264px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3g_1HmClfI/AAAAAAAAEOg/237xDefT_hI/s400/115.JPG” border=”0″ />On my recent trip to the States this December 2009, it seemed my sister was busier than normal – I arrived in the middle of her putting the monthly art publication she edits to bed. It was Art Beat’s annual food issue and she’d decided she wanted to include an article on Oklahoma wineries.

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to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3g_1fgt1XI/AAAAAAAAEOo/mNYo0KYXmxo/s400/128.JPG” border=”0″ />What followed were several hours of perhaps the best wine tour I’ve ever had. My sister confessed she was “almost a wine virgin” and that the few times she had consumed had been with my husband and me when we brought bottles for Christmas dinner. Richard immediately put her to ease, explaining the process, introducing us to what was clearly his favorite subject. He spoke of the science and technology of wine making, and then he spoke of the art in creating the perfect blend. He took us into his work rooms, explaining step-by-step how each process worked. Much of what he said wasn’t new to me – but the way he said it was.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3g_1_70CrI/AAAAAAAAEO4/XiQkhhDrnsI/s400/Antiques+Diva+in+Europe.JPG” border=”0″ />Since moving to Europe my husband and I have visited countless wineries and done literally thousands of wine tastings, but what moved me about the tour of Tres Suenos Vineyard was the lack of pretentiousness, the grace and humility in which Richard Kennedy spoke of wine. This was a man who enjoyed the grape. It wasn’t about buying the most expensive bottle or making sure the bottle had the right label on it. He educated us, and explained terms in the most simplistic manner, answering questions I’d been afraid to ask in snootier vineyards and he made those questions seem like they weren’t the least bit silly. When we moved onto the wine tasting with Colleen, she spoke passionately about her own wine conversion, explaining how she hadn’t been into wine until recent years and she shared cooking tips as my sister and I sipped our way through 11 Tres Suenos wines.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/S3g_1jgVkcI/AAAAAAAAEOw/dhxmfuELXLE/s400/134.JPG” border=”0″ />As we were finishing up the wine tasting, I noticed that Tres Suenos was offering a Group Tour to Italy this May 2010. Having just spent an afternoon stateside in Richard’s company, I knew undoubtedly that to visit the wineries of Italy with him would be a trip of a lifetime! And I wanted to share the trip details with my readers so they too could have an opportunity to learn wine, down-home-style, with Richard Kennedy and Tres Suenos Winery!

Tres Suenos Winery – Vineyards of Italy Tour!
May 15-23, 2010

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2 nights in Treviso
1 day in Venice
2
nights Montecatini
½ day in Florence
½ day in Chianti
2 nights in Rome

For more information, contact Tres Suenos Winery:
Tres Suenos Website
Email: to:finewines@tressuenos.com”>finewines@tressuenos.com


Sante!

The Antiques Diva™

“Your Blog is Fabulous” Award

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” And apparently, I’m half way there! Fellow expat La Mom, a sensationally witty and stylish Paris-based blogger, awarded The Antiques Diva™ with the “Your Blog is Fabulous” Award!

While the blog award does carry with it certain criteria (see below) La Mom chose to give her 10 awards to blogs in a certain category: French-themed blogs (decorating/ fashion/ cooking/ lifestyle tips or wine tasting info). The Antiques Diva squeezed in under the radar because though I no longer live in Paris I do love “gaie” Paris and write frequently about it. As La Mom put it, “The Antiques Diva is not a 100% Frenchy-themed blog, but she knows her Parisian antiques so that’s good enough for winning this award!”

Now I’m nominating the following 10 blogs for being fabulous too… Though my criteria is a bit a different. These are blogs I’ve stumbled across in recent months for a variety of reasons – the first 5 are my recent “haunts” where I’ve been lurking in my downtime and the last 5 are sites written by expats in Germany that I’m frequenting due to my recent move to Berlin.

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4) A Fanciful Twist – I’ve only just recently discovered blogger Vanessa Valencia through a comment she left on my site and I’m smitten by her writing and her incredible collection of artwork for sale in her private gallery. Vanessa describes herself as feeling like a “a strange and curiously artistic woman from the 1800’s trapped in the body of a thirty year old girl living in a bizarre Arizona” .

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5) Studio Judith– J de Sante Fe – Another blog that’s a recent discovery and on my list of regular reads is written by an Interior Designer of Park Avenue Penthouses, Airstream Trailers and a variety of other residential and commercial venues. She’s a mixed media artist and an observer of the glorious contradictions which make life interesting and amusing. And though I’ve only just discovered her, I adore her already.

Since I’ve just moved to Berlin, I am currently exploring the German Expat Blog scene – thus I wanted to award a few of my favorite finds with this Fabulous Blog Award!

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7) Germany from an American Perspective is written by an expat with the intent to share interesting comparisons between American and German culture.

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8) American Dresdner written by a Mormon girl from Idaho who currently lives in Dresden with her mad scientist husband.

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by a travel-addicted American expatriate artist who has lived in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland… and is now settling in after a move from Zurich to Munich.

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Now, Fabulous Blogger Recipients – there are a few rules that come with being “Fabuleuse!”

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which you think are fabulous.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Have a Fabulous Day!

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