January 23, 2018

Not every grape varietal can be grown well everywhere, but there is always a grape varietal you can grow well somewhere. In Missouri's burgeoning wine country they've branched out and really honed a craft for some uncommon grape varietals. At the 2017 Wine Bloggers Con...

December 25, 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, this past October I recently hosted some wine parties with my father. For one of these parties we focused on Rocca Family Vineyards, which has been a favorite of my father for years. Founded in 1999 their debut bottling was a 2000 Syrah. Altho...

December 24, 2017

To me the greatest joy of wine is sharing wine. So with that in mind my dad and I planned a few wine parties at his house this past October. The first party focused on Pinot Noir Rosés from a variety of regions. The popularity of Rosé has waxed and waned over the years...

December 23, 2017

Normally when I'm writing about wines from states outside of California I don't have the benefit of actually being in those states to taste the wines, but earlier this month I got to visit Oregon. I've been enjoying Oregon wines for a number of years but somehow have n...

October 11, 2017

Brunch is HUGE in San Francisco and right behind Mimosa's my second favorite brunch drink is a Bloody Mary. I like the flavor of Bloody Mary's so much I typically chose the mix as my free drink on airplanes, sometimes I even spring for the Vodka in flight. The Bloody M...

September 14, 2017

I love wine, but I must admit that most of my early drinking was rum based. I think most of us have the preconception that rum is a spirit for cocktails, not one you drink neat but that just isn't true. Last weekend I attended The Rum Lab's California Rum Festival and...

August 19, 2017

Today marks Pinot Noir day, possibly my favorite made up holiday. Last week, in anticipation of today I did a vertical tasting of the 2007, 2010 and 2013 Kendric Vineyards Pinot Noir with my dad. Kendric Vineyards is run by Stewart Johnson and named after his father. M...

July 5, 2017

The weather is getting hotter so this July 4th I'm focusing on two white wines from South America. Today I tasted a Montes Sauvignon Blanc and a Kaiken Torrontés with my good friend Kathleen in Santa Cruz. Aurelio Montes Sr,  helped found Viña Montes wines with Douglas...

June 28, 2017

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I toured the Urban Oakland Wine Trail with See.Eat.Love earlier this year. The tour was provided complimentary by the owner, Raquel. Even though I'm semi-familiar with urban wine trails, what I love about Raquel's service is she ties...

June 10, 2017

People who follow my blog may notice I'm on Instagram much more than I am here. As a working mom it can be really challenging to find the time to sit down and write out detailed reviews. You know what else is challenging? Keeping track of those notes. A few months ago...

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