Recap of 2015 Passport to Dry Creek Valley #DCVPassport

My wife, a friend of ours and I attended past weekend’s Passport to Dry Creek Valley. This was the 26th Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley.  For the uninitiated, here’s a description of the event: Passport to Dry Creek Valley® was introduced in 1990, by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley®, as a time every year…

2015 Dark & Delicious;Top 15 Favorite Petite Sirahs

Last week, I attended the 9th annual Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ wine and food event held at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda.  The event is put on each year by  P.S. I Love You, an association of Petite Sirah growers, producers and winemakers. There were about 50 wineries pouring.  My guess would be there were over 100…

2015 Slow Wine Tour Coming to San Francisco

You’ve probably heard of the “Slow Food” movement, which was emerged from Italy’s Piedmont region more than 25 years ago in 1989. The slow food movement’s mission is… good, clean and fair food for all. What you may not know, at least I didn’t until recently, is that there’s also a “Slow Wine” movement. In 2010,…

The Best of the 9th Annual Urban Wine Xperience

I attended the sold-out East Bay Vintner’s Alliance (“EBVA”) 9th Annual Urban Wine Xperience held on August 2nd on the Ferry Lawn at vibrant Jack London Square in Oakland.   EBVA,  is an association representing more than 20 East Bay (primarily Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland) Urban wineries.  It’s a great opportunity to taste all the best artisanal wines made in…

Recap of ZAP’s Zinfandel Experience Trade Tasting

I recently (ok – it was a couple of weeks ago) had the pleasure of attending the 2014 ZAP “Zinfandel Experience Trade and Media tasting, which was held at Rock Wall Wine Company.  It was my third consecutive year attending the event.  It’s hosted by the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (“ZAP”), which billed the event as “All New”…

Dark and Delicious 2014 – A Petite Sirah and Food Extravaganza!

One of my favorite Bay Area food and wine events, the 8th annual Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah™ is coming to Alameda in February!  Dark & Delicious (“D&D”) is the preeminent annual Petite Sirah event in the world.  It’s put on each year by  P.S. I Love You, an association of Petite Sirah growers, producers and winemakers….

Wente Vineyards Homegrown Concert Series – Good music, good wine and good friends!

One of my favorite summer time activities is listening to live music at a winery. There’s just something special about the collective experience that makes listening to live music, on beateous winery grounds, with  loved ones, food, and a few glasses of wine, more that the sum of its parts . The challenge can be,…