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

Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne whether by a bonfire at the beach or in the most elegant dining setting. 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 […]

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 […]

Crazy, Sexy, Pink from Italy: Chiaretto Rosé {VIDEO}

Chiaretto Pink Rosé from Bardolino is featured on The WIne Siren

Rosé brought me to Italy. It was the beauty of the land, the romance of the region of Veneto and the people of Bardolino who made me want stay. This is how you pronounce Chiaretto Italian rosé is romancing wine enthusiasts with their contemporary approach to rosé, Chiaretto. This modern-day dry rosé uses the most […]

Sonoma’s Rugged Terroir Shines with Cornell Vineyards {VIDEO}

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.

El Bierzo, Spain. The Wine World’s Best Kept Secret

Unique varietals, extraordinary wines, Bierzo Spain is unlike any other wine destination.

El Bierzo, Spain will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.   But it is the wine, made from the grape Mencia, that will steal your heart. View from Las Médulas, wine tasting with certified Jamón Iberico professional carver Traveling to Spain is not on my short list, but I am always up for […]

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. About […]

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 […]

Beaujolais Gamay: The Masters Weigh-In from Pebble Beach

on the subject of Beaujolais Gamay, Beaujolais France on The Wine Siren

When an event brings the right wine personalities together the room becomes electric. l to r, David Keck, June Rodil, D’Lynn Proctor & Anthony Giglio Such was the case with the panel at Pebble Beach Food and Wine this season, featuring a discussion on Gamay from Beaujolais France (where it thrives) a region located south […]

Five Rosés for Your Summer Fun!

The hottest wine in 2017 is Rosé on The Wine Siren .com now!

Here’s to Your Rosé Summer. Whether you’re poolside, relaxing under the shade of a tree or on a beach in the Mediterranean there’s a Rosé sure to change your outlook on the heat. My first encounter of the Rosé Summer kind was a “non-Rosé”.  In the 80’s White Zinfandel was in fashion and perfectly suited […]

The Rhapsody of Provence Rosé

The King of Rosé is in Provence, France: Chateau Gassier

Provence Rosé is the very foundation of Rosé Chateau Gassier in Provence, France at the mase of Mount Sainte Victoire “We grow Rosé, we live Rosé, we think Rosé.” Chateau Gassier.  I think to myself, they should add “We are Rosè.” The Provence Rosé of Chateau Gassier in France To taste French Rosé at home is […]

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 […]

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. Drew Barrymore in the vineyards of Carmel Road. 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. […]

Champagne Only Comes From Champagne ~ Champagne Gosset

The caves of Champagne Gosset

A Day in Champagne, with Champagne Gosset {Video} Interviews Below Sometimes wishes do come true. In a wine oriented mind, it might be the bottle of your dreams. A visit to a place you’ve never been but can only imagine. The history of a region emblazoned in your memory from books and photos. As it […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Left to right (front four): Kim Alter (Nightbird,SF), JBF Award Winner Joyce Goldstein, JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière,Arguello,The Commissary,Mijita Cocina Mexicana,Public House and […]

Romance & Rosé To Take Your Breath Away

Romance & Rosé Dylan O'Connor Photography, Rose Romance and The Wine Siren

Romance is in the air and spring is on its way!  The birds are chirping, and the mustard is thriving in the Napa vineyards. The theme of love shines with romance & rosé. Romance & rosé act like a temptress, softly seducing the senses like a fervent kiss on the lips. Stepping into pink when […]

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 […]