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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Romance of Friuli’s Zorzettig

The stunning vineyards of Zorzettig Winery Friuli

Friuli. The best place to grow the aromatic white wines of Italy. If I could paint a picture of dramatic vineyards in Italy, I would base it on the landscape of the Zorzettig properties. Located in Friuli Venezia Giulia the landscape is influenced by the Adriatic Sea and equally the dramatic mountaintops of the Eastern […]

Asolo DOCG: The Pearl of Prosecco

The hilly and stunning green vineyards of Asolo DOCG Prosecco Superiore Wines

Asolo Prosecco. The Pearl. The City of A Thousand Horizons. Asolo DOCG & Its Prosecco When a trend is hot, whether a chart-topping song, a blockbuster movie or a destination Instagrammed repeatedly its got to be good. This time it is Prosecco that is on fire! It recently made headlines for being the Number One […]

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.

Krug Grande Cuvée Named Most Popular Sparkling

Krug Grande Cuvée, The First Choice in US Restaurants for Champagne

Wine and Spirits Magazine just named Krug Grande Cuvée Brut the single most popular sparkling wine in restaurants across the United States.  The Grande Cuvée was first made in 1844.  Now in its 166th Edition, Krug swept the honors from previous years winners including Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon.  It is not surprising the Krug Grande Cuvée got this esteemed […]

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.

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 […]

2017 Napa Harvest Is Here For Mumm Napa: Video Interview

Napa Harvest pickers in the Green Island Vineyard picking Mumm Pinot Meunier

First Napa Harvest for Mumm Later Than 2016 The Napa harvest is one of the most exciting times of the year where I live. I’m perched above the Napa River, sitting on the second floor of my writing nook listening to the somewhat irritating popping of the bird cannon in the distance. The cannons have […]