So what does a wine and food writer do in his free time, you ask? Or perhaps have not asked, since it’s pretty boring stuff that involves Google maps, TripAdvisor and numerous internet searches.

You see, what I do and happen to like doing is planning out trips. Trips that I may or may not end up taking, but getting all the details lined up can make for the happy waste of a rainy afternoon.

So what is it exactly I am planning? Winery visits mostly, but every day ends with a night, and every night deserves a little self-indulgence, so dinner plans take up an inordinate amount of my time! Specifically, picking apart menus and wine lists to see where best to spend my hard-earned money!