A visit to Chalk Hill Estate

A bottle of Chalk Hill always brings back special memories for my boyfriend and I. On one of our first dates he brought a bottle of (no longer produced) Merlot to dinner, which we loved. He will rarely join me on winery visits, but coming to Chalk Hill on the Culinary Lunch Tour was an […]

A visit to Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

Every time I visit Michel-Schlumberger I get a warm welcome and have a great time.  This has turned into one of my favorite winery experiences in Dry Creek Valley.  What I like about it is there is no tasting counter and guests can sit on the comfy leather chairs inside, or outside on the patio. […]

A visit to Robert Mondavi Winery

Many people stop by Robert Mondavi Winery and never really experience the winery the way Mr. Mondavi intended.  It is an impressive place, especially on a first visit to the Napa Valley, but to get a better experience, try pre-booking one of their tastings, or one of their food and wine experiences as I did […]

A visit to J Vineyards & Winery

I received a warm welcome at J Vineyards. Michael, one of J’s wine educators couldn’t have been more accommodating and it turned out to be one of the day’s most inspiring visits. Located about 3 miles south of Healdsburg, in the Russian River Valley, J is a destination not only for sparkling wine lovers, but […]

A visit to St. Francis Winery, Sonoma

It’s not every day you can sit down to an elaborate seated 6-course wine & food pairing at a winery. But at St. Francis this is one of their most popular experiences. With dishes that rival what you’ll find at any top restaurant, I quickly understood why people come here and why they continue to […]