The Wine Siren by Kelly Mitchell

Carneros’ Opulent Treasure: Bouchaine Winery

Floor to ceiling windows, huge patio with fire pits ensure your every comfort wine tasting. Bouchaine Vineyards tasting room.

Bouchaine Winery is the spot to discover great Burgundian varieties made in Napa Valley’s Carneros region. Modern winery meets social hour. Bouchaine Vineyards tasting room and patio. “Standing at the top of the highest point of the Bouchaine Vineyards, the salty air caressing my cheeks. The views expand all the way down to the city […]

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 […]

Forces in Napa Valley Wine: St. Supéry

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

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 of Highway 29 in St. Helena. The […]

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.

Wine Production Takes A Global Hit

Kelly Mitchell discusses Global Wine Production and gives insights on the areas that hurt the most in 2017.

Global Wine Production is down, Consumption is UP. Damage done to vines in El Bierzo, Spain because of hail. Global wine production took a serious hit in 2017. I just wrapped my commentary on The Weather Channel. Our topic was about the historical drop in wine production. Literally down 8.6% globally as reported by the OIV […]

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 […]

Harvest: Kevin Morrisey on Wine & Ehlers Estate

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. […]

Introduction to Napa Valley’s Maayan Koschitzky {VIDEO}

St. Helena Vineyard on The Wine SIren

As the head of winemaking at Atelier Phillipe Melka, Napa Valley’s Maayan Koschitzky knows how to make exceptional wine. {Video Interview} https://www.youtube.com/embed/bEQG7-PQsQA “My main focus here is Atelier Melka. What we do is make great wines and truly enjoy this valley.”  Koschitzky works with private clients as well. That brand is Brilliant Mistake, which produces […]

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 […]

The Mastery of Luxury : Winemaker Julie Lumgair

Julie Lumgair, Napa & Sonoma Consulting Winemaker

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes 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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trinchero Napa Valley Shines

Tasting Room at Trinchero Napa Valley

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 Winery’s new tasting room and VIP facilities. […]

Wine Start Up! Brilliant Mistake Wines

Brilliant Mistake Wines an Exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet

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.  Start-ups require zeal, a specific mindset, and […]

Reinventing the Wine Experience, Freemark Abbey

First Female Vintner of Record

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 beat. A place where a warm welcome is part of their culture. Where […]