Month: July 2017

Gluttony Punished

Gluttony Punished

A while back our friends Inna and Igor - fellow wine afficionados - proposed a novel idea for a wine tasting:  a side-by-side tasting of the same varietal - in this case, Pinot Noir. What made this proposal particularly novel is that all four wines would be from the same producer, Etude Wines.  We have … Continue reading Gluttony Punished

A great place to break a fast

A great place to break a fast

A new restaurant recently opened in Napa Valley's Saint Helena that we hope is around as long as its previous occupant.  The Charter Oak opened a few weeks ago in the space that was occupied for nearly 30 years by Napa Valley restaurant icon Tra Vigne.  In late 2015 Tra Vigne closed up and left … Continue reading A great place to break a fast

Top 10 Ways to Embarass Yourself at Wine Tasting

Last week we posted an article entitled "Top 10 ways to show off at wine tasting"  (Top 10.)  Today, we are focused on 10 ways to stand out from the crowd - but in a bad way.  Hopefully everyone will consider this a list of things not to do rather than a list of suggested activities. … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Embarass Yourself at Wine Tasting

Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

For twenty-seven years we lived in Los Angeles.  I'm not sure what that says about us.  We're gluttons for punishment? Sturdy folk?  Addicted to 72-and-sunny temperatures 365 days a year?  For all that we enjoyed about Southern California (and it really was mostly the weather), we made an annual pilgrimage each summer to Northern California … Continue reading Hiding in Plain Sight

Top 10 Ways To Show Off At Wine Tasting

Wine tasting trips can be fun and exciting, especially if the destination is a superior winery located in a renowned wine region such as Napa Valley, Tuscany, Bordeaux, Rioja or any of the New World regions (Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina).  These trips can also be intimidating given the massive amount of science that gets … Continue reading Top 10 Ways To Show Off At Wine Tasting