Where to Stay: Napa Valley’s Meadowood

Meadowood Napa Valley before the destruction of the fires in 2020

Where to Stay: Napa Valley’s Meadowood Meadowood. Blissful Spa Experiences, Sublime Dining and Luxury. UPDATE:  Meadowood sadly was impacted by the fires in Napa Valley in October 2020. We wish them all the best while they rebuild in these trying times. Our hearts are heavy by the destruction and devastation to all in Napa Valley. […]

Promontory, a Luxurious Napa Valley Wine Tasting Experience

Promontory Winemaker Davide Cilli tasting 2008 & 2012 vintages, Photo by Kelly Mitchell

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

DeLoach Vineyards: Russian River Valley’s Finest

Tasting room with fireplace at DeLoach Vineyards

DeLoach Vineyards, Russian River’s Finest https://www.youtube.com/embed/5FIJYAJBr-U It’s early. 9am on a Monday. Driving 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 beyond smooth.  The trip from Napa to DeLoach Vineyards is just […]

Where To Go Now: Napa Valley’s Darioush

The stunning barrel rooms of Darioush

Darioush Winery: The Home of Top Rated Napa Valley Wine Sponsored by WinePathsTravelhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/LQ-4CYF3hMg 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 and elegance? Then you’ve come to the right place. This is what Napa Valley’s Darioush […]

Forces in Napa Valley Wine: St. Supéry

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

Forces in Napa Valley Wine: St. Supéry St. Supéry Napa Valley Stewards of the Land, Maker of 100% Estate Grown Wine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSo3z_e3Ok8&feature=emb_title 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 […]

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. #Sponsored A glass of Fantesca’s King Richard’s Reserve 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 […]

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 This was the view from my glass at the Court of Master Sommelier Level 1 Class 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. […]

Hollywood and Wine: Frank Family Vineyards

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

Rich History and a Star in Win 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 place in the […]

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

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.

Five Key Ingredients to a Great Wine Bar. The Winner is…

Five Key Ingredients to a Great Wine Bar. The Winner is...

VIDEO Interview at Compline Wine Bar In the Heart of Downtown Napa: Compline Wine Bar & Restaurant   https://www.youtube.com/embed/XJ4jnpPwJOw Walking into a wine bar, I often feel a bit of a thrill.  It’s like treasure hunting. Occasionally blind-sided by bad taste, poor concept or even worse, uninspiring wine. You see a variety of different takes […]