Gaycation Magazine Issue 14 March 2015

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Sonoma County has always been producing wine since around the mid-1800s. This month we talk with Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler of Out in the Vineyard. Situated in the heart of wine country, Sonoma County California, Out in the Vineyard produces the annual event Gay Wine Weekend. Don't miss this Q&A on everyone's favorite topic, WINE!

Spending time Out in the Vineyard

We took a moment to catch up with Out in the Vineyard Founders Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler to discuss wine, food, and their popular wine events. Here’s what they had to say about wine in Sonoma County and the LGBT Community.

GM: What made you start Out In The Vineyard?
OITV: We both love the wine country lifestyle – friends sharing great wine, food & outdoor living. We wanted to find a way to share this with the LGBT community, and let them know that gays don’t have to live in the gay ghettos of the world anymore. In addition, we both were getting a lot of inquiries from gay friends across the country asking for our recommendations of wine brands that support the LGBT community, what wineries, restaurants & hotels they could feel comfortable visiting with their husband, wives, partners, and dates. We found it curious that no one was marketing to the gay community. Rural Sonoma is incredibly gay friendly, not to mention it is a luxury travel destination, and we can be out in these beautiful places in the valley. We can be OUT in the vineyard. After a couple of years of emails and phone calls, we decided it was time to help the gay community discover wine country.

GM: Why isn’t the Wine Industry marketing to the LGBTQ community?
OITV: This is the $64,000 dollar question, which we still find incredibly curious. The Beer and Spirits industries figured out the value of the LGBT community 20 years ago, but wine STILL hasn’t committed with any real effort to reach out to the community...

There's This Place: St Pete

by Aaron Drake

With gay marriage finally coming to the Sunshine State, it’s high time LGBT travelers take a closer look at what the state has to offer outside of the familiar LGBT hubs like Fort Lauderdale and Key West. On Florida’s west coast, St. Petersburg is a warm, inviting city that adds a rich history to the usual white sandy beaches and crystal waters.

7 Pieces of Jaw-Dropping Street Art in Hongdae, South Korea

by Meg Ten Eyck

Despite Korea’s social conservatism, nightlife and art are just as much a part of Korean culture as Kimchi and Hoboks. In my year, teaching ESL in South Korea I’ve grown fond of the Hognik University section of Seoul. Commonly called Hongdae, this youthful artist hub is the place to be for flowing Cass, street dance parties and excellent street art...

Hyatt Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

By Aaron Drake

Looking for the perfect relaxation destination? Escape your humdrum daily schedule and prepare for a luxurious desert getaway at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. It’s more the speed of what one looks for when booking a trip to unwind and enjoy the precious minutes. As soon as you pull in the drive of the resort, you’ll feel right at home in Scottsdale, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and majestic McDowell Mountains. The LGBT-friendly Hyatt doesn’t disappoint at its Scottsdale location—in fact, it’s one of its finest.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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