Tag: travel

Great people making great wines

Great people making great wines

We enjoyed a wine recently at a local Napa Valley tasting room from a producer with which we were previously unfamiliar:  Lamborn Family Vineyards.  The quality of the wine compelled us to visit the producer's website and try to set up a tasting appointment.  We could not find an option for scheduling a tasting but … Continue reading Great people making great wines

This is what I call a drinking problem

This is what I call a drinking problem

There is a winery in Paso Robles - Dracaena Wines - that we have been hearing about for the past year or so.  Friends and fellow bloggers have posted about the winery's Cabernet Franc and the reviews have been positively glowing.  On more than one occasion we visited the Dracaena website and took a closer … Continue reading This is what I call a drinking problem

Puncutation Matters in Napa Valley

Puncutation Matters in Napa Valley

Visitors to Paradise (aka Napa Valley) expect to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature, the decadence of fine cuisine, and the poetry of the region's wines.  Left behind are the pressures and rules of "real life," right?  Surely something as mundane and constricting as grammar doesn't matter in this world-famous wine region.  Well, this is … Continue reading Puncutation Matters in Napa Valley

Why we love the CIA? For the food!

For most people, the letters "CIA" conjure up a plethora of images and ideas - clandestine meetings, skullduggery, espionage, exotic locations, and a fair amount of intrigue and danger.  What probably does not come to mind is food, and world-class food at that.  The reason for this is that our nation's spy agency has co-opted … Continue reading Why we love the CIA? For the food!

Top 10 Wine Moments of 2016

2016 was unquestionably an impactful year no matter what filters you apply to its 365 days: geopolitics, U.S. politics, the global economy, or the premature passing of a disproportionate number of treasured artists.  Certainly, a historical understanding of 2016 will require a thorough review of all of these areas and more.  Our goal, however, is not … Continue reading Top 10 Wine Moments of 2016

Old-fashioned new wine co-op in Napa

Today we made our third visit to Holman Cellars, a winery in Napa where some really interesting wines are being made.  What keeps drawing us back is the unique setup at Holman Cellars, where there are multiple winemakers and wine labels working out of the same space, sharing the same crush pad, and learning from each … Continue reading Old-fashioned new wine co-op in Napa

Que Sirah Sirah

Most wine regions are known for something specific.  Burgundy is best-known for Chablis (Chardonnay) and Pinot Noir, Bordeaux for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  The Rioja wine region in Spain is best-known for Tempranillo.  In Italy's Tuscany region, Sangiovese is king.  If there is a grape that defines Napa Valley, it would be Cabernet Sauvignon, although wine … Continue reading Que Sirah Sirah

Our Version of “Game of Thrones” Wine

We read an announcement recently that HBO has partnered with Vintage Wine Estates, a collection of wineries based in Sonoma County, California, to produce several Game of Thrones-themed wines. Vintage Wine Estates produces wines from Sonoma and Napa Valleys, two of our favorite wine regions.  But we would have thought HBO would source a GOT-themed wine from a … Continue reading Our Version of “Game of Thrones” Wine

Living in Beer Country

Okay, so maybe Napa Valley is not beer country yet.  But over the past couple of years a number of brewing operations and brew houses have sprung up in the Valley and become instant go-to destinations.  We previously wrote about one of our favorite beer spots, Carneros Brewing Company, which is in Sonoma County close … Continue reading Living in Beer Country

Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)

Late winter and early Spring are our favorite times in Napa Valley.  For one thing, the temperatures are milder and the influx of visitors has not yet reached its maximum volume.  It feels like we have the place to ourselves, at least on occasion.  A favorite part of late winter/early Spring is when the mustard … Continue reading Paradise, Napa Valley (Part II)