We lived in Napa for nearly five years and did our best to visit wineries across all of the far-flung American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) that make up the larger Napa Valley AVA. Of course, we tasted on the valley floor at many wineries on Highway 29 . . . along Silverado Trail . . . … Continue reading Grateful for Great Wines at Gratus Vineyards
In October of 2017, Napa and Sonoma were ravaged by wildfires that destroyed nearly 8,500 homes as well as several wineries and other businesses. Lives were lost and many communities thrown into upheaval. The first week of the fires, I posted the article below about what it felt like to be living in the middle … Continue reading #NapaStrong. (Still) proud of my community.
I was recently invited to a tasting of wines from Arizona winery Aridus Wine Company at the Napa Valley Wine Institute. Prior to the tasting, my knowledge of Aridus' wines in particular, or Arizona wine in general, wouldn't fill a wine glass . . . or even a shot glass. I was intrigued to find … Continue reading New galaxies in the U.S. wine universe
I was recently invited to an exclusive industry event at Rombauer Vineyards on Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Among wine experts and casual wine drinkers alike, Rombauer is considered to be the quintessential producer of "California-style" Chardonnay. While "French-style" Chard is typically crisp, citrus-flavored, lighter colored, and more acidic, California Chardonnay has deeper golden color, … Continue reading Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay
The week before last, about 300 hundred wine bloggers and other professionals in the trade convened in Santa Rosa, California for the tenth annual Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC17). From the title, some might conclude that event is laden with over-indulgence, self-indulgence and downright snobbery. While there was some of that, we were surprised - as … Continue reading Drinking wine, a blogger’s continuing education