Wine Tasting at the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon

Wine Tasting at Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland Oregon

To be honest, I was heading for Weisinger’s Winery, but missed it and followed the signs to Belle Fiore Estate & Winery…and I am very glad I did!

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

 

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Beautifully landscaped parking lot

Belle Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – the Main Building

I arrived about noon and followed the road up the hill to the Tasting Room, Winery and Restaurant. It’s very pretty and even the parking pot is beautifully landscaped! The main building has the exterior design of a modern Italian Palazzo, with nice classical details.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – the Main Building: Tasting Room, Winery and Restaurant

The interior is also lovely! There is table seating and a wine tasting bar downstairs, and a restaurant upstairs. The first floor also has the winery offices, a private dining/tasting room, restrooms and a kitchen area. The inside space is beautiful and decorated with art.

They have the Belle Arte label and hold an art competition every year, the winner is chosen and their art is featured on all the Belle Arte vintages that year. And artists can show and sell their work in the downstairs space.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Downstairs Tasting Room and Art Gallery

Belle Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – the fancy ironwork stairs to the Restaurant upstairs

There was only one other person at the tasting room bar when I arrived. I met my server Dottie, who passed me on the road in her new BMW and had just arrived at work. I would also meet Savannah (aka Sarah from Havana) and Michael while I enjoyed their wine.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – the Wine Tasting Bar downstairs

Tasting Time! They had two tasting menus to choose from, and the wines change weekly and there are substitutions and add ons available. I decided to try the $12 tasting menu with five wines: a sauvignon blanc, a pinot noir, a syrah, a cabernet sauvignon and a muscat canelli. Along the way I also tasted a caprettone, a montepulciano and their recent Gold Medal Award Winner the Numinos red wine blend.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Wine Tasting Time!

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Wine Tasting Menu

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Dottie and Savannah at the Wine Tasting Bar

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Esprit 2014 Caprettone

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – 2013 Estate Pinot Noir

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – 2012 Estate Syrah

Their Numinos red wine blend just won a Double Gold Medal Award!

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Numinos 2012 Red Wine Blend – Gold Medal Award Winner

 

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

Big Thanks to Dottie, Savannah and Michael for their service, knowledge, stories and personal entertainment. Savannah and Michael are both very talented singers! They were also nice enough to let me plug in my phone charger while I was at the bar.

Bella Fiore Winery

Bella Fiore Winery – 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Arte 2012 Montepulciano

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Belle Esprit 2013 Muscat Canelli

They have a food tasting menu downstairs and a full restaurant upstairs. And I think the restaurant menu is available downstairs as well. I have to thank my new friends Kim and Lynn again for sharing their cheese, bread and charcuterie leftovers with me.

Belle Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Downstair Wine Bar Tating Menu

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Bread & Cheese

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Charcuterie Board Leftovers

The wines were EXCELLENT! All of the wines I tasted were absolute winners!

The whites were light, fruity and delicious. I would definitely drink the Caprettone and Sauvignon Blanc. The Muscat Cannelli is an excellent dessert wine.

Their red wines each had distinct qualities and wonderful flavors. The Numinos was exceptional and I “really-really” liked the Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano vintages.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Private Dining/TastingRoom

I spent a couple of hours at the bar, tried a lot of wines, and then wandered around the parking lot and building afterwards. It was cloudy, hazy and smoky but I got a few good pictures. The winery is onsite and the loading dock is adjacent to the tasting room.

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Winery Loading Dock and Vineyards

Bella Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Vineyards

Belle Fiore Winery

Belle Fiore Winery – Vineyards

They have acres of vineyards and the neighbor’s properties make for good pictures.

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Belle Fiore Winery – the view from the parking lot of the neighbors property

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Belle Fiore Winery – the view from the parking lot of the neighbors property

I had a wonderful time and all the wines were great! I would definitely return and want to try the private tour/tasting of the Mansion and eat at the restaurant next time I’m in town.

NOTE: The Private Tour and Tasting available at the Mansion Estate and gardens up the hill includes a tour, a select wine tasting and is fully accessible for Special Needs visitors.  The cost for the Private experience is $25 per person for a group of 1-8 guests.

They are licensed to ship wine to CA, NY, WA, NV and CO. They will also pack your purchase for shipping and you can ship it yourself as “perishable food” (don’t tell them it’s wine) if they don’t ship to your home state.

Belle Fiore Estate & Winery 955 Dead Indian Memorial Road, Ashland, Oregon 541-552-4900  www.bellefiorewine.com

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Vintage Storage Find #2B – Disneyland Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine (part 2)

Storage Find #2B – Disneyland Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine (part 2)

NOTE: This Blog was originally written and constructed 12 JUNE 2014. This is the first time it’s been published. Enjoy!

I actually found this vintage Disneyland Vacationland magazine from 1977 before I found the “Sleeping Beauty” poster (see a previous blog) and have been posting pages on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/joshwilltravel and sharing them with the Vintage Disneyland group. It was in MINT CONDITION and I was hesitant to even scan it for fear of damage.

In addition to the cover story on the Grand Opening of Space Mountain, the contents include articles on the Main Street Electrical Parade, the Golden Horseshoe Revue, “The Rescuers” and the Disneyland Costume Division. There are also vintage promotions for the Gerber Baby Center and Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn (both new additions in 1977) and cool retro ads for Disneyland, Wonder Bread/Hostess, GAF/Kodak and even other theme parks: Knotts, Magic Mountain, Lion Country Safari and Universal Studios.

It was just too cool not to share! So here is what I scanned:

The Grand Opening of SPACE MOUNTAIN in 1977 on the front cover!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine - COVER

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine – FRONT COVER

Inside Front Cover:

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Disneyland Facts (look at the admission and ticket book prices!):

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Main Street Electrical Parade! (2 page spread w/Space Mountain featured)

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Rescuers!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

The Golden Horseshoe Revue with Wally Boag! Sponsored by Pepsi Cola.

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Popcorn!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Gerber Baby Center

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Cool ad for GAF (KODAK):

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Disneyland’s Costume Division

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine

For educational purposes only. Not for commercial use.

They even ran ads for Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm in the magazine.

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Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer ’77 magazine – BACK COVER

Cripple Creek Music Co. Store in Ashland, Oregon

Cripple Creek Music Co. in Ashland, Oregon

Down on Main Street in Ashland, there’s a music store: Cripple Creek Music Co.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

In business since 1976, this place is a musician’s dream store. They have a great inventory of instruments and accessories, a very knowledgeable staff and great customer service.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

From their website: Since 1976 Cripple Creek Music Company has provided beginner to professional musicians with all their musical needs.  Cripple Creek Music Company has a diverse variety of instruments and instrument accessories, as well as offering print music and repair on instruments…from traditional to New Age, Whatever your taste in acoustic music; Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Latin, World or Ethnic, Cripple Creek Music will start you on the right note!

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

There’s a lot to look at, and most items are available for “hands on” inspection and play.

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Folk and Ethnic Instruments of the World”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

“Cripple Creek Music Company is a family business built on the traditions of quality service, knowledge, and integrity.”

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store

It’s a great store! And they have a “secret room” that musicians and collectors will really appreciate:

THE VAULT – They don’t advertise it, and it’s a “word of mouth” type secret, but down in the basement is a temperature controlled bank vault with a collection of beautiful vintage instruments for sale (most are on consignment). I was lucky enough to get a tour and they let me take pictures! You may have to be a musical instrument collector or musician to really appreciate them, but here they are:

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage banjos, a violin, acoustic guitars, steel drum & a mandolin

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – vintage electric and acoustic guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – mandolins, electric guitars and a 12 string guitar

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – Acoustic Guitars

Cripple Creek Music Store

Cripple Creek Music Store – they have a Martin ’47 Acoustic Guitar for sale

NOTE: The reason for my visit to the Cripple Creek Music Co. Store

We have a Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar (for sale) – great condition, serious inquiries only, detailed description and more photos available – email us if interested.

Martin '57 D-28 (for sale)

Vintage Martin ’57 D-28 Acoustic Guitar – great condition (for sale)

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Cripple Creek Music Co. – 353 E. Main St., Ashland, Oregon 97520 541-482-9141 www.cripplecreekmusic.com

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Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!

Opening Day & Dedication Ceremony! July 17, 1955

Opening Day & Dedication Ceremony! July 17, 1955

Disneyland Fireworks!

Disneyland Fireworks! The Happiest Place on Earth!

 

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Vintage Disney Storage Find #4 – Toys and Buttons!

Vintage Disney Storage Find #4 – Toys and Buttons! 

The Storage search continues….today I opened up a box and found a few toys and buttons I had stashed. “Muppet Treasure Island” promo button, Disneyland Birthday Button, Happy Meal Toys, and a Buzz Lightyear 5 1/2″ figure with “The Big One” Rocket!

Here are the pics:

Vintage Disney! "Muppet Treasure Island" & Birthday Buttons

Vintage Disney! “Muppet Treasure Island” & Birthday Buttons

Vintage Disney! Plastic Happy Meal Toys!

Vintage Disney! Plastic Happy Meal Toys!

Vintage Disney! Aladdin, Jazmine & The Magic Carpet Happy Meal Toys

Vintage Disney! Plastic Aladdin, Jasmine & The Magic Carpet Happy Meal Toys

Vintage Disney! 1996 Buzz & Woody Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Disney! 1996 Plastic Buzz Lightyear & Woody Christmas Ornaments (not my kids)

Vintage Disney!

Vintage Disney! Buzz Lightyear 5 1/2″ plastic opposable figure and “The Big One” Rocket

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Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 – Winnie the Pooh

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 – Winnie the Pooh 8″ Plush Toy

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 - Winnie the Pooh

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 – Winnie the Pooh

“Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, tubby little buddy all stuffed with fluff…. 

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 - Winnie the Pooh

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 – Winnie the Pooh

He’s Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, willy-nilly-silly ol’ Bear!”

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 - Winnie the Pooh

Vintage Disney Storage Find #3 – Winnie the Pooh

Found in my storage during the move this week. Don’t know where he came from, or what happened to his red shirt, but he’s in great condition! The tag is shredded so I don’t know who the maker is or how old it is, except that it’s been there for at least 20 years.

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Vintage Disney Storage Find #2A – Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine

Vintage Disney Storage Find #2A – Vacationland Summer 1977 Magazine (part 1)

NOTE: I spent last few days moving my storage and having some fun, so it’s been a little hectic here. There a few other blogs in varying stages of development, just haven’t had time to finish, polish and post…apologies to my loyal readers. I am proud to point out that at least one blog was posted each day the week before, so go back and check out the archive! There’s some pretty fun stuff and I’d like some feedback if you’re out there! Thanks!

Vintage Disneyland! Vacationland Summer '77 magazine - COVER

Vintage Disney! Disneyland Vacationland Summer 1977 magazine – FRONT COVER

I actually found this vintage piece before I found the “Sleeping Beauty” poster (see previous blog) and have been posting individual pages on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/joshwilltravel and sharing them with the Vintage Disneyland group.

The magazine was in MINT CONDITION and I was hesitant to even scan it for fear of damage. It was just too cool not to share! I’m working on a long blog and the contents include the articles on the Main Street Electrical Parade, the Golden Horseshoe Revue, “The Rescuers” and Disneyland Costume Division. There are also vintage promotions for the Gerber Baby Center and Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn (both new additions in 1977) and cool retro ads for Disneyland, Wonder Bread/Hostess, GAF/Kodak and even other theme parks: Knotts, Magic Mountain, Lion Country Safari and Universal Studios.

Okay, this was just a BIG TEASE because I don’t have time to post the whole blog…it’s under construction…and I spent some time on World Cup USA ’94 (coming soon) tonight.

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Vintage Disney Storage Find #1 – “Sleeping Beauty” Movie Poster

Vintage Disney Storage Find #1 – “Sleeping Beauty” 1970 Rerelease Movie Poster

"Sleeping Beauty" 1970 Rerelease Movie Poster

Vintage Disney Storage Find #1: Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” 1970 Rerelease Movie Poster

It measures 3-1/2′ x 2-1/4′ (there’s a little damage at the bottom, a small torn corner, and it’s still partially wrapped in the original cellophane). Must be a sign that it’s time to finally have it framed!

Spring is a time of cleaning! I’ve been trying to get organized for about twenty five years. I’m definitely a “pack rat” in that I don’t like to throw stuff out, and I believe you never know what item might be important or valuable later. Not just in terms of having a monetary value, but in terms of the emotional connection an item has, or the dormant memory that an item triggers.

I don’t think I’m a hoarder, but it probably depends on someone else’s opinion. To manage my “STUFF” and to keep my day-to-day life relatively clutter free, I’ve maintained a storage space for years and years.

Storage! Three Past Lives in 300 Square Feet of  Rented Space

Storage! Three Past Lives Stored in Boxes in 300 Square Feet of Rented Space

I have three past lives stored away in boxes in about 300 square feet of rented space:

1. Things from before the Northridge earthquake of 1994, when I had everything stored in Northridge, and the facility was yellow tagged. I moved everything that was salvageable to North Hollywood. This stuff includes keepsakes from childhood through college, retro furniture, hand-me-down kitchen appliances, film/prop/set/art/lighting/costume supplies from my first years in Hollywood production and camping equipment/building material from the Renaissance Faire.

2. Things from my life after college in Los Angeles, including furniture, bar and glassware, kitchen and cookware, housewares, appliances, electronics, books, vinyl records, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and assorted memorabilia and papers from my post-college, Hollywood production and management years, and a past married life long ago.

3. Things from this current life that are taking up space or need to be stored away out of sight. STUFF! There are real estate files, old talent management files, financial records and receipts, office supplies, file cabinets and office furniture, toys & games, collectibles, magazines, clothes and linen, old computer software and hardware, miscellaneous junk, and empty boxes waiting to be filled with more stuff.

Periodically, I will sell some of my stuff, but the collection always continues to grow! So, after 20 years at the facility in North Hollywood, because of circumstances beyond my control, I’m moving everything. I’ll be trashing some stuff, selling some stuff, and moving some stuff to other places.

Which brings us back to the “Sleeping Beauty” Movie Poster I found today between a large unframed mirror and a glass tabletop. I recently joined the Vintage Disneyland group on facebook and I’ve already found a couple of cool vintage pieces.

I’ll be posting stuff for sale soon. Check back here and on my facebook. And please let me know if you’re interested in buying anything that I’m selling! Thanks!

Storage! Three Past Lives in 300 Square Feet of  Rented Space

Storage! Three Past Lives Stored in Boxes in 300 Square Feet of Rented Space

“That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time. A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you’re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody’s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you’re saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That’s what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get…more stuff! Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore.” and “Nobody owns anything. When you die, it all stays here.” ~ George Carlin

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UPDATE Wed 11 June 2014:

Cleaning out my closet! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cleaning out my closet! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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25-MAY-13: Today is National Wine Day!

Champagne Toast! It’s National Wine Day!
(and Towel Day!) and it’s a full moon too.

Champagne Toast!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Champagne Toast! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

COME TO THE LA WINEFEST!
SAT & SUN JUNE 8 & 9 @ Raleigh Studios in Hollywood www.lawinefest.com

***SAVE $30 PER TICKET!!!***  Contact me for our special discount PROMO CODE!
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Hollywood Sign - Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles, California

Mozza Osteria in Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Mozza Osteria in Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Red Wine

Red Wine

White Wine

White Wine

Wine

Wine

Beer and Ale

Beer and Ale

Wine Storage

Wine Storage

Pouring champagne

Pouring champagne

Champagne

Champagne

Tequila!

Tequila!

Vodka

Vodka

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