All I want for Christmas is… a glass of wine!

It’s been several years since I completed the first level examination with the Guild of Sommeliers but a few of my friends have asked me for holiday wine recommendations so I thought I’d brush up on my wine knowledge and share a few of my favorite New World boutique wines. Bonny Doon Vineyards: Vintner HallContinue reading “All I want for Christmas is… a glass of wine!”

Wine and the Five Senses

** UPDATE: The damage from the recent earthquake that hit Napa Valley over the weekend impacted with wine cellar and vineyard damage (check out this tweet from David Duncan, CEO of Silver Oak). Growers are in the midst of a major harvest, brought on several weeks earlier than usual because of drought. But fortunately forContinue reading “Wine and the Five Senses”

It’s National Wine Day (as if we needed an excuse to drink)!

Today is National Wine Day! Gather your glasses, corkscrews and friends and have your own wine tasting party! Grab a few bottles of the varietals from the list below starting with mild and work your way up to dessert wines to taste the differences in mouth feel OR try tasting the same varietals from differentContinue reading “It’s National Wine Day (as if we needed an excuse to drink)!”

How to read a wine label: Part Five (Spanish Wines)

I’ve shared tips on how to decipher wine labels from various regions like Chile, France, New Zealand and the United States. This week, let’s talk Spain! Spain (Classified as Old World) Grape Varieties Red: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell White: Airen, Macaebo, Albarino, Verdejo, Malvasia Spain’s premier red wine region is  Rioja and was the first regionContinue reading “How to read a wine label: Part Five (Spanish Wines)”