Category: California

August 31, 2020
Vintastic Voyage: Wine Tasting Paso Robles

I spent the first 5 months of COVID daydreaming about when I’d be able to “get out of dodge”. Finally, […]

July 21, 2020
Wine and Food Pairing: Chalk Hill Estate

On March 6th, I hopped on a San Francisco-bound plane to work with a client on an upcoming event. That […]

June 9, 2020
Temecula Wine Country: Not All Valley Floor

The first full day of our Temecula press trip began with a precarious drive up to the Wild Horse Peak Vineyard. Of course, I was sitting on the side of the bus with the mountain drop off views. Deep breaths. I kept my head down and prayed for a safe ascent. Mind you, I have climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, and that bus ride up is much more precarious. But I find as I get older, the things that never scared me, have started to.  Alas, we reached the top and enjoyed fresh air and sunshine, surrounded by vines and trees. 

March 10, 2020
Louis Lucas: A Grape Calling

It’s a convivial atmosphere in the Lucas & Lewellen tasting room in Santa Barbara wine country one weekday afternoon. The […]

February 25, 2020
Domaine Carneros: A Touch of France in the Napa Valley

Last year I was invited to a wine pairing dinner at Avra Estiatorio in Beverly Hills featuring the wines of Domaine Carneros. Joining us for dinner was no other than winemaker, Zak Miller. I have only ever tried the widely distributed opening pricepoint sparkling from Domaine Carneros, so I jumped at the chance to taste other selections from their portfolio.

October 16, 2019
Harney Lane: Love, Laughter, Family, Wine

A couple of times a week I receive wine sample invitations from various PR firms. I reply to the requests, […]

October 1, 2019
Kudos Sonoma. Now What?

Earlier this year I attended a press dinner in Sonoma wine country put on by the Sonoma County Winegrowers. The […]

August 26, 2019
Bibiana & Jeff: All In the Family

Bibiana González Rave and husband Jeff Pisoni are the embodiment of keeping it all in the family. Jeff is a […]

August 20, 2019
Titus Vineyards: 50 Years in Napa

In 1968, Titus Vineyards was born with the purchase of their property. They have farmed this land continually since 1969, which […]

June 25, 2019
Vintastic Voyage: Napa Valley

There is no shortage of articles/blog posts related to the Napa Valley. BUT, I wanted to share a tested and approved Napa itinerary that I’d recommend to the wine novice and the wine geek alike. This itinerary has something for everyone. I visited the region in early Spring with my friends Neal and Alyse of Winery Wanderings and found this itinerary to be relaxed and easy to follow.

February 4, 2019
San Diego: The OTHER Southern California Wine Region

What is #WineStudio? #WineStudio is an online Twitter-based educational program produced by Tina Morey, Certified Sommelier who's been in the food […]

December 13, 2018
Temecula: Exceeding Expectations

  The People. The Passion. The Perseverance. This is the motto of the 50th Anniversary of the Temecula Valley Wine Country. This […]

November 21, 2018
The Zinfandel Capital of the World?

*These wines were received as samples for review If you have read this blog before, then you know I am […]

October 16, 2018
Artesa: Barcelona Born, Napa Raised

Imagine a career where you have about 30 chances to prove yourself. Each year you get to make one decision and that decision stays with you your entire life. This is the life of a winemaker, according to Ana Diogo-Draper of Artesa Vineyards & Winery. Every year she works hard to craft a wine she is proud of. As she says: You’ve got 30 chances to make it right. And once that wine is in bottle it starts all over again. At the end of her career, she will have about 30 vintages of wine that have her touch on it.

August 18, 2018
Etude Wines: The Pursuit of Pinot Noir Perfection

Pinot Noir, for many serious wine lovers, is “lo maximo” (which in my homeland of Argentina means: the maximum/best) when […]

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