The Wine Siren by Kelly Mitchell

Napa Valley’s Sustainable Wine Movement

Anna Brittan CEO, of Napa Green standing out by a body of water

We sat down with CEO of Napa Green Anna Brittan to get down to earth on sustainable wine and how the program works. Vineyards of Napa Valley The Wine Siren:  Why the urgency of a truly farm-to-table sustainable winery today?  Anna Brittan: The wine industry is the canary in the coal mine for climate change, and […]

Napa Valley Salutes Cabernet. Benefits Somm Foundation

Chateau Montelena 200

Somm Foundation Receives $25,000 in Support Pouring of Chateau Montelena’s stunning 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Over 200 people descended on Napa Valley’s Meritage Resort & Spa to celebrate Cabernet Sauvignon. The event, earmarked to benefit the Somm Foundation raised over $25,000. There were dinners, tastings and events galore over the three days celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon. One […]

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. […]

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 WinePathsTravel 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 […]

Four Tuscan Wine Adventures: Travel to Tuscany

The Wine Siren, Three Days in Tuscany

The most important articulation of wine in Montalcino is Brunello di Montalcino. In Montalpulciano it is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  To confuse them is a crime in some circles. The Wine Siren, Kelly Mitchell

Pebble Beach, World Class Chefs and The Lexus Effect

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Kick Off!

Pebble Beach Food and Wine’s Featured Chefs: Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat with Carlo Mirarchi of Blanca NYC The interview, with Drew Barrymore and her winemaker, Kris Kato was more than enough to entice me. Sunday Grand Tasting Bites Coasting down Highway 101 south to Pebble Beach. The road is smooth. The curves, tight. I’m […]

Judging & Tasting Chocolate in Oregon. Difficulty Level 8.

Wine and Chocolate Judging on the Wine Siren

I am judging & tasting chocolate in Ashland, Oregon. Chocolate. Yep.  Judging & tasting chocolate. It is the pied piper of the calorie wagon. Tasting chocolate is not a one size fits all deal. I take this assignment with the seriousness of a policeman writing a traffic ticket. I’m willing to sacrifice to help others. We’re taking […]

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 […]

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 […]

St Helena Wine Tantalizes at bASH!

Appellation St Helena Wineries Partner with CIA for bASH 2016

It’s early evening in the Valley. Raindrops threaten and with each minute my stress gathers steam. You know that feeling when you’re trying to get ready and nothing looks right? A pile of discarded clothes litter the bed. I resolve to start running regularly because this is part of the reason nothing looks great.  Ugh! I […]

Dining at New Heights: Chef Tim Hollingsworth

Chef Tim Hollinsgworth's Otium LA

Chef Tim Hollingsworth at Otium Chef Tim Hollingsworth The most luxurious way to travel is aboard a private jet. The traditional hassles of other humans, lines, and annoying seating arrangements is a distant memory when you fly at this level. Pebble Beach Food and Wine is whisking guests away to their event from LA with the […]

The Chef and the Rockstar: VH1 Save The Music

Rockstar Matt Nathanson & Chef Brandon Sharp at Solage Calistoga, VH1 Save The Music

The Chef, The Rockstar, and food paired to music. The drive from Napa to Calistoga is about 45 minutes in the winter months. The season matters. Summer, when all the tourists (5 million in 2015 alone) are here can be much longer.  Today the rain is light. The fog threads through the mountains thick at […]

A Perfect Taste of LA ~ Food & Wine Festival

LA Food & Wine Festival with Egg Slut

Bright lights, big city, spectacular full moon and clear skies… Bring on the food & wine!   A perfect evening frames the LA Food & Wine event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall put on by Food & Wine Magazine. The air of excitement, effusive energy and anticipation are palpable. Many attendees are dressing to the […]