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. #ad   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 Viticulture Area) straddles both Sonoma Valley […]

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

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 […]

A Journey Into Wine Education & The WSET

The Wine Siren Takes on the WSET

Wine Education and WSET There are many ways to improve your knowledge of wine. From books to certified courses, even learning online, your options are extensive. It can be a daunting task to choose the right program for you. Evaluate your goals & your reasons for getting a wine education before jumping in. Wine courses […]

Wine Production Takes A Global Hit

The Weather Channel Features Kelly Mitchell, The Wine Siren

Global Wine Production is down, Consumption is UP. 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 (International Organisation of Vine & Wine). This is the lowest of […]

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 […]

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

Chiaretto Pink Rosé from Bardolino is featured on The WIne Siren

{VIDEO} 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 TO STAY.   Italian rosé is romancing wine enthusiasts with their contemporary approach to rosé, Chiaretto. This modern-day dry rosé uses the most important red grapes […]

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.

Best Wine Gifts You Can Get Without Santa

There is no Santa Claus. And other lessons I learned about the winter holidays.  It’s so much better to be an adult. Wine gift giving made easy. Do you remember when you found out there isn’t a Santa Claus?  It’s a light bulb memory for me. I was drinking ice tea with my father. He was […]

Five Key Ingredients to a Great Wine Bar. The Winner is…

VIDEO Interview at Compline Wine Bar  In the Heart of Downtown Napa: Compline Wine Bar & Restaurant Walking into a wine bar, I often feel a bit of a thrill.  It’s like treasure hunting. Occasionally blind-sided by bad taste, poor concept or even worse, uninspiring wine. You see a variety of different takes on […]