Lodi Chronicles: Ten Lodi White Wines For Summer #LodiWine

As you may know if you follow this blog,  I’ve been contributing to Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitors Bureau blog.  Visit Lodi is the official travel website for Lodi, California.  From time to time I share blog posts I’ve written for Visit Lodi here.  I recently wrote a piece for Visit Lodi that features 10 Lodi white…

Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Arrufiac? Oh My! #Winophiles

This month the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to France’s Hidden Corner, the South-West (or ‘Sud-Ouest’ as the French call it) wine region!  Actually, we’re revisiting the region.  When we first visited a couple of years ago, I discovered the Perfect Wine For Liver And Onions! It was from the mostly overlooked Marcillac AOP, and…

Snooth Villa Maria Winemaker’s Collection Tasting #VillaMaria

Lucky me! I had the opportunity to do two Villa Maria Wine tastings in two weeks!  The most recent was the Villa Maria Winemaker’s Collection facilitated by Snooth. Over the course of the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to do a few tweetups featuring Villa Maria, but the Snooth tasting was the deepest dive…

A Taste of Troon Vineyard #WiningHourChat

I was introduced to Troon Vineyard last year when I attended the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (“WBC”) in Lodi, California.   The conference featured  a Live Blogging segment where winemakers are given five minutes to pour their wine, present their story, and answer questions from a table of bloggers.  At the end of five minutes, the…

Domaines Paul Mas: A Passion for Everyday Luxury #WineStudio

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to participate in the #WineStudio June Rosé program (see below for more information) featuring three Rosés from Domaines Paul Mas.  The virtual tasting included one sparking wine and two still wines.  The Rise Of Rosé in the U.S. Anecdotally, I was aware of the rise in popularity of Rosé…

Wine of the Day: 2015 St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weiss Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling

…On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, and off-dry with mouth-watering acidity. It’s impeccably balanced with peach, key lime, apricot, honey and a hint of lemongrass   Grapes for this wine were sourced from  the “Alte Reben”, a special 22-acre parcel of very old vines (“Alte Reben” in German that are part of the Schlangengraben…

Wine of the Day: 1970 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Rioja Crianza Bordón

Last weekend we celebrated a friend’s milestone birthday at Boulevard in San Francisco.  We dined the “Wine Vault”, a wine inspired semi-private room with a brick lined ceiling that brings to mind dining  in an underground cellar in France.  As the evening was winding down,  our gracious (and generous) hosts asked if we wanted anything…

Paying Tribute to Wente Vineyards- California’s First Family of Chardonnay #ChardonnayDay

The Livermore Valley is the wine region that is closest to my home.  It’s only 30 minutes away.  Given its proximity to where I live,  one might think I would be a frequent visitor.  But for various reasons that hasn’t been the case.  But when I do visit the Livermore Valley,  I always consider a visit…