Where to Stay: Napa Valley’s Meadowood

Blissful Spa Experiences, Sublime Dining and Luxury at Meadowood Sponsored by Wine Paths Travel A destination in the center of a forest. Where serenity is part of the experience. Amenities to give you peace & unprecedented comfort. Picturesque surroundings, experiences to learn, relax or have fun. This is the Resort at Meadowood. It’s nestled in […]

Napa Valley Tasting Adventures: Promontory, A Harlan Family Estate.

Promontory Winemaker Davide Cilli tasting 2008 & 2012

Promontory is the first Harlan-owned winery to offer unique one of a kind tasting experiences. Collaboration with Wine Paths Travel This is one of the views H. William Harlan aka ‘Bill’ saw back in the 1980’s. When he first set his eyes on what would be one of the best places to grow his coveted […]

Buena Vista: A California Historical Landmark 

The hand dug caves of Buena Vista with barrels aging

Sonoma’s Legendary Winery: Buena Vista  Sponsored One of the first places I visited in Sonoma back in the ’80s was Buena Vista. It was much more low key than it is today, and the wine wasn’t as good, but the history. The history was one of the most important aspects of the winery back […]

Russian River Valley’s Finest: DeLoach

Tasting room with fireplace at DeLoach

DeLoach Vineyards, Russian River’s Finest {VIDEO}    It’s early. 9am on a Monday. Driven up from Napa to Russian River Valley it occurs to me how much I love coming to this part of Wine Country. The weather is a little overcast and the drive was beyond smooth. The Russian River begins at the […]

Where To Go Now: Napa Valley’s Darioush

The stunning barrel rooms of Darioush

Darioush: The Home of Top Rated Napa Valley Wine sponsored by WinePathsTravel {VIDEO} Learn about some of the experiences that await you at Napa’s Darioush      Do you love Bordeaux style wines? How about an experience where you feel more than at home? With brilliant beauty and a style that focuses on comfort […]

Forces in Napa Valley Wine: St. Supéry

The stunning tree lined entrance of St. Supery with vineyards in background. Rutherford.

Stewards of the Land, Maker of 100% Estate Grown Wine Napa Valley’s St. Supéry {VIDEO} On experiences at St. Supery The grounds are soaking up the last of the misty rain as the fog pulls away from the mountains. I’m entering the drive of St. Supery, located off of Highway 29 in St. Helena. The […]

Where to Go Now: Napa Valley’s Fantesca Estates

A glass of wine and the Culture Trip of Fantesca Estate

The Fantesca Estates Experience A Collaboration with Wine Paths Travel. #ad   Located one and a half miles from Hwy 29 in St. Helena and a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle of Napa Valley. Fantesca Estates is in the Spring Mountain District AVA. This AVA (America Viticulture Area) straddles both Sonoma Valley […]

VIADER: The Mother of Invention in Napa Valley

Viader Vineyards View from Tasting Room high atop Howell Mountain

Diminutive and slight, its difficult to imagine Delia Viader taking on Napa Valley with her namesake, Viader Vineyards, in the early 80’s. But take it on she did. Dominated by testosterone & tradition, Napa Valley was a man’s realm. There were few women (if any) starting up a winery and doing their own farming and winemaking. Particularly young female upstart Vintners.

A Journey Into Wine Education & The WSET

The Wine Siren Takes on the WSET

Wine Education and WSET There are many ways to improve your knowledge of wine. From books to certified courses, even learning online, your options are extensive. It can be a daunting task to choose the right program for you. Evaluate your goals & your reasons for getting a wine education before jumping in. Wine courses […]

Hollywood and Wine: Frank Family Vineyards {VIDEO}

500 ft from the Napa Valley Floor Frank Family Vineyards Winston Hill Vineyard is perfectly placed

Rich History and a Star in Wine Frank Family Vineyards Sensing the history was a bit deeper than I knew of the winery located on Larkmead Lane I began a little digging.  Frank Family Vineyards is the third oldest wineries in the Napa Valley region circa 1884.  Larkmead Lane, in Calistoga, it has a prominent […]

Sonoma’s Rugged Terroir Shines with Cornell Vineyards {VIDEO}

Just the 2nd release, the 2014 Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is already a standout. Made up of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. It was aged for 19 months in 70% new French barrels.  The wine itself has an intensity rarely found in a wine this young.