Elegant & Rich Merlot. Stags’ Leap Winemaker Dishes. VIDEO

Stags' Leap Winery on the Silverado Trail The Wine Siren, Kelly Mitchell

After tasting through eight or nine superb wines at Stags’ Leap with winemaker & GM Christophe Paubert, I had to understand more about his philosophy and his background to understand what he is creating in Napa Valley. If you can make a very good Cab why can you not make a very good Merlot? Merlot […]

The Magic of Italian Wine is Alive at VINO: Featuring Feudo Disisa

VINO in NYC Rose tasting

I flew to New York City to attend a big event recently celebrating the winemakers of Italy and their wines. It’s called VINO and honors notable wine and vintners in Italy. From the launch of the first tasting event, the vibe was electric.  Over 150 brands represented, seminars included wine experts covering topics from Rosé […]

St. Francis Winery Creates a Masterpiece of Experience

St. Francis Winery, with the Mayacamas piece by The Wine Siren Kelly Mitchell

St. Francis Winery Masters the Pairing and the Wine Compressed Persimmon & Grilled Asian Pear paired with 2015 White Cuvée Blanc Sonoma Valley Experience. It’s the soul of a business. St. Francis Winery gets this. Experience can create indelible and everlasting memories. If done right it becomes a megaphone for a winery.  Anyone can pour a glass […]

Summit Lake Vineyards: Vintner Bob Brakesman

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

The Winter View of Summit Lake Vineyards, overlooking Pope Valley. 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 […]

Boutique Chic: Handcrafted Artisan Napa Valley Wines

Juliana and Sean McBride of Crosby Roamann Winery Napa

Crosby Roamann, Handcrafted Artisan Napa Valley Wines Crosby Roamann’s Scott & Juliana McBride 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 […]

Beyond the Bubbles: Insider’s Look at Schramsberg

Schramsberg Insider's Interview with Hugh Davies

Schramsberg is likely the greatest sparkling wine in the business. This holiday season, keep your eyes on the bubbles. Sparkling wine & the French version, Champagne, are synonymous with celebration. These fabulous concoctions deserve a place in our everyday life. Not reserved solely for celebration. Before you purchase that next bottle, sink your teeth into […]

Rescuing a Varietal: Greek Wine & Vangelis Gerovassiliou

Beautiful Greek Wine by Vangelis Gerovassiliou saved the Malagousia grape from extinction

A Little Sojourn Into Greek Wine Is Greece on your oenological radar? With the history behind it,  it should be. Consider this; wine’s place in history began in Greece over 6,500 years ago. Not only that, they have over 300 Greek wine varietals originating in Greece.  Today we travel to Greece and Thessaloniki, the 2nd […]

Bells Up Winery: Newburg, Oregon

Sara and Dave Specter of Bells Up Winery, Newburg Oregon

When Sara Specter reached out to me to encourage me to visit her winery in Newburg, Oregon, I thanked her but truly had no short term plans to taste in Oregon. I was truly focused on my back yard of Napa. I was bouncing between wineries like a ping pong ball being hit by Forest […]

Salud! Celebrates 25 Years and a Record Breaking Fundraiser

Salud! Oregon 25th Anniversary Gala Willamette Valley Vintners

Salud! Oregon Winemakers Make a Difference! For the last 25 years, Oregon winemakers have been raising funds for the Salud! Program. Established in 1991, the program (a partnership of the winemakers and the physicians of Tuality Healthcare ) has been 100% funded from the proceeds of the annual Oregon Pinot Noir Auction. The goal? To […]

A Little Romance in Sonoma’s Russian River: La Crema

La Crema at Saralee's Vineyard in the Russian River Valley The WIne Siren

La Crema highlights it’s Russian River Valley’s beginnings with its historic new tasting room.  A little romance backstory. Saralee McClelland and her future husband Richard Kunde met at the Sonoma County Fair office. Saralee was a champion of the fair and the competitions involved. While Richard of the Kunde family of winemakers) had a deep love for farming and Sonoma […]

Harumph Wines. Delicious Nectar, Comedic Roots.

Blazing Saddles' Mel Brooks with the founders of Harumph Wines Scott Stark and Michael DeSantis

“When you have Mel Brooks blessing on your wine, there’s got to be something pretty fabulous about it.” Harumph Harumph, Cabernet Sauvignon Creating a solid brand name for a bottle of wine is as much a science as it is luck. The brand like the wine has to stand out. Be memorable.  To position itself strategically […]

The Secret is Out: Exceptional Wine, Unparalleled Destination

Miravalle, Spring Mountain Vineyards

Spring Mountain Vineyard Spring Mountain Vineyard, home of Miravalle, is located on the west side of Napa Valley towards St. Helena.  I am in the vicinity weaving down quiet little neighborhoods. Taking in the diverse composition of homes and the vibe of the area. It’s off of Highway 29. It is the most well-traveled road […]

The First Rule of Wine. Get Rid of the Rules

Rebel Coast WInery - Defy Convention in Wine.

Rebel Coast Winery “Incredibly genuine marketing is what the wine world is desperate for, and we have built a cult following around being genuinely stoked on life.” Chip Forsythe Preparing to launch their newest wine, Lost by Choice, Rebel Coast Winery, is a brand in Paso Robles started by three founders who speak the same […]

Grieve Family Vineyards: Adventure into Lovall Valley

David Grieve, Vintner and Vance Rose, Winemaker of Grieve Family Vineyards

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss Grieve Family Vineyards: Adventure into Lovall Valley An Adventure Into Lovall Valley Grieve Family Vineyards Can a part of Napa only be accessible by way of Sonoma? Impossible, I think. I review my directions again. You see, I live in Napa. Today I am heading to a winery […]

Trinchero Napa Valley Shines

Tasting Room at Trinchero Napa Valley

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss Trinchero Napa Valley Shines Trinchero Napa Valley Getting a sneak peek into an incredibly successful family-owned wine estate is truly an honor, but when they do it on your birthday, it’s a special treat.  I had just that luck when I attended the press event for Trinchero Family […]

Wine Start Up! Brilliant Mistake Wines

Brilliant Mistake Wines an Exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss Wine Start Up! Brilliant Mistake Wines Photo credit: Richard Myake Brilliant Mistake Wines A brilliant success! Turning any business into a booming venture is daunting.   Imagine starting a business in an industry outside of your expertise and far beyond the nerdy aspects of what’s in the glass. […]

Rhône Awakening in Provence with Chêne Bleu

Chene Bleu is responsible for some of the most exquisite Rhônes in France known as Super Rhônes

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss Rhône Awakening in Provence with Chêne Bleu Chene Bleu & La Verriere The wind is petulant near the river, whipping up a cool breeze. I clutch my wrap and an errant wisp of hair dances in my face while I try to stay warm. I’m heading off to […]

How to Transform a Vineyard & Winery, Mendocino Wine Company

Tim Thornton, COO of Mendocino Wine Company

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss How to Transform a Vineyard & Winery, Mendocino Wine Company Tim Thornton, Vineyard Cowboy Mendocino Wine’s Best Kept Secret Mark Beaman, winemaker at Parducci Wine Cellars invited me out to Mendocino County to taste wine, meet the people at Mendocino Wine Company, and learn more about their efforts. I […]

Reinventing the Wine Experience, Freemark Abbey

First Female Vintner of Record

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss Reinventing the Wine Experience, Freemark Abbey Josephine Tychson, St. Helena Freemark Abbey Hails the First Woman Vintner on 130th Anniversary with an Estate Renovation. There are places in the Napa Valley that hold an untold charm. Exuding bygone days and a history that makes your heart skip a […]

An Auspicious Era, Mark Beringer & 140 Years

Mark Beringer of Beringer Vineyards

Facebook Instagram Youtube Linkedin Twitter Medium Rss An Auspicious Era, Mark Beringer & 140 Years Mark Beringer of Beringer Vineyards Beringer’s Exceptional History 140 years ago, a man named Jacob Beringer left Germany, on a ship to America, landed in New York and found his way to Northern California and Napa Valley. He was an apprentice […]