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An Always5Star Afternoon at Testarossa Winery

Testarossa Winery is located in Los Gatos, California. It is about a 20-minute drive from the San Jose city center and San Jose airport. The winery is family owned and operated. The owner’s, Rob and Diana Jensen, began their wine making in their garage in 1993.


The winery was originally built in 1888 by Jesuit fathers and brothers from Santa Clara College (now Santa Clara...

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🌟5StarTip: Saving on the Cost of Wine at Fine Dining Restaurants

There are a couple of ways that I use to save money when enjoying fine wines while dining out. Enjoying nice wines can be a wonderful experience and can really enhance a meal, but it can be quite expensive.

Buying good wine in a restaurant can be quite expensive!

There are times to really enjoy wines and not focus as much on the cost. Certain moments are special such as a meal ...

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Always5Star’s Top Ten Romantic Travel Destinations

Aaaahhh, Romance! Don’t we all need more romance in our lives? The word “romance” is one of my favorite words. Wikipedia defines it as “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love and remoteness from everyday life.” I think of it as a moment in time that you not only experience love with someone else, but you are creating it for yourself as well.

Because of my passion for...

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An Always5Star Photo Journey Of Romantic Sunsets Around The World

“Sunsets are proof

that no matter what happens,

every day can end beautifully”

  • Kristen Butler

I have always been drawn to the magnificence of sunsets. I often set aside that part of the day to enjoy the sun setting wherever I might be. Even before I became passionate about traveling and taking pictures in various places in the world, I would focus on sunsets. I was drawn...

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An Always5Star Guide to Ridge Vineyards Winery

Ridge Vineyards Winery

Do you love tasting California red wines? Do you enjoy a winery rich with history? Then I highly recommend that you take a personalized tour of Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello.

The beginning of my personalized tour

I was looking forward to learning about and tasting Ridge Vineyard wines. I choose to visit the Monte Bello location in Cupertino, California. T...

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