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 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 on […]

Harvest: Kevin Morrisey on Wine & Ehlers Estate

Flirting with Autumn, this years harvest takes place on a cloud covered pre-dawn morning at Ehlers Estate.  VIDEO INTERVIEW  “Before this last heatwave, we had a completely different crop out there.”  ~ Kevin Morrisey, Winemaker & GM, Ehlers Estate Harvest at Ehlers Estate. Tuning in to my internal clock of fear and fright, I awake at 3 am. About […]

From Israel to Napa Valley, to Atelier Melka’s Maayan Koschitzky {VIDEO}

St. Helena Vineyard on The Wine SIren

As the head of winemaking at Atelier Phillipe Melka, winemaker Maayan Koschitzky knows how to make exceptional wine. He’s worked with top winemakers in the most coveted regions of the world. {Video Interview}   My main focus here is Atelier Melka. What we do is make great wines and truly enjoy this valley.  When Vintners […]

Drew Barrymore on Winemaking and Rosé

Drew Barrymore joins Kelly Mitchell The Wine Siren and shares her latest venture as a Vintner

Drew Barrymore. Girl next door. Producer. Actress. Now you can add Vintner. I’m in Monterey, California by request. An interview with Drew Barrymore. Yes, that Drew Barrymore.  I accept this assignment with a rush of excitement, and butterflies.  Oh, there was vetting. A list of potential questions. Flirting with the topics we would discuss. I sent […]

Quilt: A New Wine and The Very Fabric of Joe Wagner

Joe Wagner Sold Meiomi to Constellation for $315 million

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH JOE WAGNER OF COPPER CANE  Joe Wagner is no stranger to the wine business. He grew up in it. Grandson of the founder of Caymus Vineyards, he’s watched every aspect of winemaking. From farming to the business of wine since he could walk. Today I am meeting with Wagner at the Fagiani building.  He recently […]

The Mastery of Luxury : Winemaker Julie Lumgair

Julie Lumgair, Napa & Sonoma Consulting Winemaker

We’re walking in the Rutherford Dust. It’s a region of Napa Valley, and it’s the nickname for the AVA of Rutherford.  It’s known as Rutherford Dust because in the summer it is so hot and dry there. The earth dries up like a snail in the Sahara. There is even a group winemakers & vintners of this region […]

Celebrating Change for Women Chefs

James Beard Foundation and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

 James Beard Foundation Helps Change the Game for Women Chefs & Restaurateurs {Video Interviews} Women Chefs & Restaurateurs have many of the same challenges that plague women in other industries. The numbers of women in the kitchen in the major leadership roles are expanding, yet not at an impressive rate. One survey in the UK […]

Summit Lake Vineyards: Vintner Bob Brakesman

The vineyards at Summit Lake, high atop Howell Mountain owned by Vintner Bob Brakesman

A hideaway, high atop Howell Mountain. Summit Lake Vineyards High on top of Howell Mountain, lies a stunning tasting destination. It’s richness enhanced by a solitude of quiet and pristine views of much of Pope Valley. This is not one of the posh, pricey settings Napa is known for. This unique property a rustic, down […]

The Connecticut Yankee’s Mixologist on a Perfect Irish Coffee

Dive bars or neighborhood bars in San Francisco are one of the best ways to get a vibe for a neighborhood. Today I am with Napa friends in Dogpatch and popped into a random bar looking for a unique experience and a solid Bloody Mary. The Connecticut Yankee is a true historic bar, originally built in […]

Boutique Chic: Handcrafted Artisan Napa Valley Wines

Juliana and Sean McBride of Crosby Roamann Winery Napa

Crosby Roamann, Handcrafted Artisan Napa Valley Wines I am in the Crusher District of Napa Valley. It is in Napa proper, on the fringe of south Napa. This area enjoys a quiet solitude off the much-traveled route of Highway 29.  It’s a peaceful destination with a handful of wineries and a different flavor of Napa.  In […]

Drake White: Love, Grit & Spark

Drake White is hitting the road! The WIne Siren

New Album, New Destinations. Drake White is taking his show on the road. Named by Rolling Stone Top 10 Country Artists You Need to Know. Napa is the land of artistic convergence. It is a place where you will run into winemakers, artists, musicians, writers of all genres and the occasional star or starlet. There are […]

How to Build a Wine Gift Company: Olive and Poppy

Rose all day with The Wine Siren

Wine Gifts Direct From Napa Finding a unique, meaningful wine gift with ties to a place you’ve visited is not as easy as one would think. If achieved, the experience is enhanced, the gift, cherished. Creating a company specializing in producing distinct wine gifts is what two women from Napa dreamed of. What Anne and […]