Stories written by Larry Olmsted
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Dining Guide to Breckenridge, Colorado

While less glitzy than famous rivals like Aspen and Deer Valley, Breckenridge is more popular than either – it vies annually with sister resort Vail for the title of the single most visited ski resort in the United States, perennially coming in first or second. There are many good reasons for Breckenridge’s allure and popularity, […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley is where it all began – this was literally America’s first destination ski resort, with the world’s first chairlifts, where the very idea of the American ski vacation was born. In the eight decades since, Sun Valley has walked a fine line between a laid back, casual, very athletic, and a little bit […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to New Zealand Wine

In the 1970s California and the United States paved the way for the popularity of “New World Wines,” meaning those produced outside of Europe, but few countries have embraced the trend as fully as New Zealand. Best known for its food friendly, crisp and wildly popular Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand winemakers have also embraced red […]

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The Gourmet Traveler: Eating and Drinking in Puglia, Italy

Not what most people expect when they close their eyes and imagine Italy, Puglia’s landscape has as much in common with North Africa across the sea as with the rest of Continental Europe. It’s flat, arid and empty, in a starkly impressive way, its buildings shimmering white or the locally distinctive pointy stone towers. It […]

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Champagne 101

No country is more famous for wine than France, and no French wine is as famous as Champagne.  It’s the stuff of celebrations, coronations and christenings, but while everyone knows its name, few realize that it is a made under stricter legal and quality controls than any other wine on earth. As a result, there […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Italian Wine

Though only half the size of France, and less than three quarters that of California, Italy makes more wine than any other country on earth. But Italy matches quantity with quality, and in particular, with value at all levels. It makes enjoyable cheap wines, excellent mid-priced wines, and its most collectible and prized labels are […]

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Beginner’s Guide to French Wine

No country on earth is as synonymous with all things wine as France, home to the biggest and most collectible names, the most imitated styles, and the wine known the world over for its place of origin, Champagne. Wine is made in every part of France, from the cool Atlantic coast in the north to […]

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The American Wine Guide

It might surprise you to hear that wine is produced in all 50 U.S. States, including Alaska and Hawaii, with hundreds of different grape varieties on offer. For most wine lovers, four key varietals define America’s wine palate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. And with a few notable exceptions, the story of American […]