October 16, 2018

Earlier this year I had the honor of attending El Dorado Passport Weekend as a VIP guest of the El Dorado Winery Association. You might ask, what is El Dorado Passport Weekend? It is two days for two weekends in a row devoted to the wineries of El Dorado County. Over t...

September 19, 2018

Brandy is having a bit of moment in California, and I keep seeing it pop up everywhere. I'm a long time Cognac fan, buy hadn't put much thought into domestic brandy. A couple months ago Bitters & Bottles, offered their email subscribers a great (and FREE) opportunity t...

July 9, 2018

Last month I had the honor of joining Deborah Grossman, one of the Brix Chicks, the Wine Harlot, Becca of The Gourmez and Fred Swan to visit Bodegas Agquirre in Livermore. It was pouring buckets, but the whole Bodegas Agquirre team were incredibly welcoming. The enviro...

May 1, 2018

First off I'd like to thank Slow Wine, who allowed me to attend their San Francisco tasting for free as a media guest. You might be asking yourself what is Slow Wine? Related to the Slow Food movement in Italy, Slow Wine focuses on producers that create their wines in...

April 4, 2018

Big thanks to The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association for providing me with free tickets so that I could attend Barrel Tasting Weekend. I was only available for the first day of this two day event, but was able to visit several wineries and tasting rooms, includin...

March 7, 2018

Life is full of surprises, one of mine has been that as I started off thinking I'd only write about wine from far off and non-traditional places. But as time goes on I find myself also writing about wine from traditional places near where I live. I think there's room f...

February 19, 2018

I used to think that I didn't like caviar, but at Jordan Winery I learned I was wrong. For the Wine Bloggers Conference last year about 30 of us had the incredible opportunity to do a paired caviar and wine tasting, along with a full winemaker's dinner at Jordan Winery...

February 17, 2018

One of the things I like most about going to the Wine Bloggers Conferences is how much I learn at these events. During the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference I had the opportunity to discover a hidden gem in my own backyard. That gem, Olivet Road is situated in the Russian...

February 16, 2018

I've been a fan of Mendocino wines for as long as I can remember. Navarro Vineyards and Testa Wines are a few of my favorite wineries from the region. While attending the Wine Bloggers Conference last year I was able to do a pre-excursion trip to Mendocino. Despite bei...

February 10, 2018

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of volunteering for ZinEx, a multi-day celebration of all things Zin put on by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). For over 25 years ZAP has not only been celebrating Zinfandel but also celebrating the people and regions that...

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