Malbec & Argentina – Episode 10

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/wPmx9TAHHZM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Get ready for some of the best values! I am a big fan of Malbec from Argentina and also enjoyed visiting several wineries in Mendoza. Featuring wines from Catena & Bodegas Norton.

Tasting Room Tips: To spit, or not to spit?

The Wall Street Journal’s wine reporter Lettie Teague recently let us in on a few pointers about what to do, and not to do when in tasting rooms in her article “A Winery Tasting Room Guide to Sipping and Spitting”. After reading it I though it would be a good time to add my two-cents! […]

Best Napa Valley wineries for Bordeaux wine lovers

There’s no need to travel all the way to Bordeaux when you can have some fabulous Bordeaux-style blends Stateside. Napa Valley is certainly home to Cabernet in this country, but keep in mind that most Cabernet you’ll taste is really a blend, often involving some of the other four Bordeaux varietals.  I selected these wineries […]

Best wineries in the Napa Valley for architecture and design lovers

One important thing to remember when visiting the Napa Valley is that it’s not just about the wine. All of the wineries have premium quality wines, but what really sets some apart is their impressive architecture and design. With about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley it is worth making the time to visit some […]

Best food & wine pairings in Napa & Sonoma

Foodies, there’s no need to stick to having lunch at restaurants while in wine country.  Many wineries are taking food and wine pairings to the next level and offering incredible “farm-to-table” lunch experiences prepared by world-class chefs.  Not only do they include fabulous farm fresh products AND include several different wines, but you’ll learn how […]

Guide to Healdsburg & Dry Creek Valley

I’m lucky enough to call Healdsburg home, and after half a year as a resident I’m finally ready to create this guide to share my recommendations. Healdsburg is such a great place to base yourself as it is smack bang in the middle of an intersection of four major appellations; Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, […]

Guide to the Anderson Valley

If you’re a bubbly or Pinot Noir fan, or if you’re simply looking to get “off the beaten path,”  I’d recommend a trip to the Anderson Valley.   The Anderson Valley is made up of 30+ wineries all conveniently located on Highway 128, the main road that runs between the Pacific coast and inland towards […]

Best tasting rooms for holiday gifts

There IS a way to ease the pain of holiday shopping.  Having a glass of wine in hand works wonders when making tough gift buying decisions.  Even better, I have found so many tasting rooms that have curated unique gift ideas especially for the holidays. No matter whether you have wine lovers, foodies, athletes, or […]

Best wineries to visit in winter

If you’re on the fence about visiting Napa and Sonoma during winter, I can assure you that this is actually a great time to visit.  Not only can you cozy up in front of the fire at many wineries, but you’ll avoid the crowds, get personalized attention and even save on hotels.  Napa and Sonoma […]

Visiting Virginia Wine Country

After seeing a constant stream of favorable articles about Virginia wine country, I couldn’t resist seeing what all the fuss is about.  In July, the New York Times featured a roundup of wineries to visit in the article, Virginia Wines: In the Old Dominion, a New Terroir. Forbes followed up in August asking if Virginia […]