Backpacks And A Wine Key

Wandering on a constant search for a glass that is more than half full.


Travel, food and wine, life, health, and the occasional sermon on perspective. Here is the latest – read the rest here.

The Latest – Travel

Paris Café Culture

Paris Café Culture

A not-so wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around for a while, you could miss it.” Nowhere is that advice more needed than here in America. Nowhere is that advice more honored than in Paris. Originally posted on

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24 Hours Of Food And Wine In Montepulciano

24 Hours Of Food And Wine In Montepulciano

Talking about Montepulciano can be a bit confusing. Are we talking about the town, or the grape? Aren’t they the same? No. Montepulciano, the town, is a glorious Renaissance hill town in Tuscany where they have beautiful views, good food, and make a lot of wine...

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Travel Blog – Travel is Work

Travel can sometimes feel like work. Vacation isn’t work, but travel sometimes can be. And it can be stressful and straining. Vacations are about relaxing and sitting, playing golf or tennis or maybe swimming in the ocean or sunning yourself on the beach. Travel...

Grand Cru Wine Drinking Day In Burgundy

There are 32 Grand Cru vineyards throughout Burgundy. In one hot day day, during the summer of 2015, we sampled wines from nearly half of them. The day started like every day really should; with a croissant and coffee at La Villa Fleurie, our quaint little bed and...

Denver Food Photography

Check out the images from our latest food photography shoot for Front Forty Foods, a revolutionary new concept coming soon to Denver. Then, click here to see some proper food pornography and the rest of our food and wine photography...

I hate digital photography

Regarding travel photography, and I hate to possibly offend my one Asian or Asian American follower, but seriously, what is the deal with the picture taking?  As we stood on the platform to catch our train to Rome some time ago, a platform that was amazingly small in...

Save money on wine without sacrificing quality

Remember that time when your friend brought over that $500 bottle of Chateau Margaux to share? Yeah, me neither. See, I only have two types of friends - the ones that drink moderately priced, good quality wines, and the imaginary ones. Read more at

Paris Café Culture

A not-so wise man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around for a while, you could miss it.” Nowhere is that advice more needed than here in America. Nowhere is that advice more honored than in Paris. Originally posted on

Wanderlust Watch List – Americans Abroad

The greatest joy of traveling to foreign lands is affording yourself the opportunity to simply view and engage in different cultures, eat different foods, listen to different languages, stand out in a crowd, or do your best to fit in. That said, as glorious the...

No substitutions, please.

Hi.  Yes, I’m ready to order.  I’d like your double-cut pork chop with apple sauce, but instead of the braised cabbage, I’d like steamed broccoli.  And, rather than the shredded potatoes, may I have a house salad with ranch dressing on the side?  Great.  Oh, and the...

The Latest – Just Keep Moving

Stories, logs, and blogs on moving on from a life of work and routine.

Not that there is anything wrong with that

I have many gay friends. I always have. Gay friends are cool...because they are your friends, right? I guess I'm lucky. I was raised, by and large, to be non-judgmental. My parents didn't really bring up the whole race, creed, sex thing. I have never even thought...

The Latest – Food & Wine

How to throw a sensory wine tasting

How to throw a sensory wine tasting

The whole idea behind a sensory wine tasting is to explore sights, aromas, and flavors of wine beyond just the simple look, smell and sip of casual wine drinking. In sensory tastings, the goal is to actually compare and contrast what you experience in the wine with...

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The Basics Of Smelling Wine

The Basics Of Smelling Wine

Do you have cats? Have you ever smelled raw clay kitty litter? How about putting your face right down into a somewhat used litter box filled with clay kitty litter? Do it. Then take a big, deep whiff and register what you smell. Chances are, you smell clay, dust, cat...

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Personal And Professional Wine Consulting Services, Stories, Pictures, Knowledge, And Experiences

If you are in the business of wine (or other beverages), or if you have a passion for wine and want to take that passion and turn it into a collection, hobby, or profession, we can help. With over 20 years in the wine and specialty food and beverage business, we have the expertise, tips, tricks and, let’s be honest, the obsession to determine the best path and services based on your individual needs and goals.

New Client – Victor Hill Wines

Finally! Further justification for our not-so-healthy wine habit. Wholly Grael, in partnership with Wine Geographic is happy to introduce Victor Hill Wines as a client. We are thrilled to be providing content marketing, strategy, and brand consultation for this...

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New Client-Front Forty Foods

I'm thrilled to be adding creativity, concept consultation, and expertise to this groundbreaking fresh food concept, launching soon. Keep your eyes out for

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