A Taste of Villa Maria; First Sip of Summer #FirstSipNZ

Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer Earlier this week I was invited to participate in the Villa Maria First Sip of SummerTwitter virtual tasting.  The “Tweet-Up” was an opportunity to be the first to taste the 2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc available in the United States around August, and the 2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Bubbly Sauvignon…

S.R.Tonella Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

S.R. Tonella Cellars is a Napa Valley artisanal producer focused exclusively on the Rutherford appellation. Steve Tonella (read his bio here) is the proprietor. The winery is the culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley.  It all started with an earthquake.  In 1906 after the great San Francisco earthquake, a…

First to Sip Villa Maria #NZSauvBlanc Tasting

Earlier this week I was invited to participate in the First To Sip 2015 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Twitter virtual tasting. The “Tweet-Up” was a precursor to events happening throughout the U.S. this summer celebrating the stateside release of two wine the 2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2014 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon…

A Taste of Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc #DCVSauvBlanc

Last month, I was invited to participate in a virtual wine tasting on Twitter featuring three premium Sauvignon Blanc from Dry Creek Valley. The tasting featured winemakers Tim Bell of Dry Creek Vineyard, Emmett Reed of Gustafson Family Vineyards, and Ed Sbragia of Sbragia Family Vineyards. It was moderated by Michelle McCue, president of McCue Communications I…

A Taste of @DateNightWine with Phifer Pavitt

I recently received a couple of wine samples from Napa Valley based Phifer Pavitt Winery.  It’s a winery that’s completely new to me. I don’t know why, but coming across new to me wineries is always a bit of a surprise.   That’s because…well…I’m a promiscuous wine lover that “gets around” so to speak. Between…

Wine of the Week: 2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out.  For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc. The Winery Merry Edwards, one of California’s first female winemakers, began her career at Mount Eden…

Wine Pairings Recommendations for Skinny #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about lighter healthier food to help you maintain a healthy, wholesome diet. #SundaySupper.  One of the things I appreciate most about the talented #SundaySupper food bloggers is their creativity.  So I know you’ll find not only slimmed down versions of some of your favorite dishes, you’ll also be introduced to some…

Seafood Gumbo and Wine Pairings for Soul Warming #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about soul warming foods.  You know, those soups, chili, stews, and other soul warming treat we seek when the weather turns cold. When I first saw the theme, my first thought was of “Soul Food”. I’d  bet that “Soul food” is one of those phrases that if you ask 10…