Wine Aroma Training – Fun With Le Nez Du Vin

As another attempt to better myself at the art of wine tasting, I decided to purchase a training tool called, Le Nez Du Vin, to help me identify particular wine aromas in different wines that I taste everyday in and around Napa Valley. Here in Napa Valley, wine tasting is a fun and enjoyable way…

VGS Chateau Potelle Tasting House & Gardens – Food & Wine Pairing

Last week I was invited to do one of my favorite things, a food and wine pairing. What could be better on a post-election Wednesday than some exquisite food bites from a Michelin-starred restaurant paired with elegant wines? After a rough week of political rants and a nation on edge, I was certainly looking forward…

Yao Family Wines in St. Helena – It’s Not Just a Name.

I was excited to get a chance to check out the fairly new Yao Family Wines tasting room located off Highway 29 in Saint Helena. If you are or aren’t a basketball fan, you would recognize Yao Ming. Standing a staggering 7ft 6in, Yao Ming played for the Houston Rockets for almost a decade, retiring…

Schramsberg Vineyards – Méthode Champenoise in Napa Valley

When friends come to town, I am always looking for a unique place to start the day; and three million hand stacked bottles of sparkling wine in a 2-1/2 mile cave is an excellent choice. Last Saturday was my second time at Schramsberg Vineyards. About 3-1/2 years ago, before I lived in the Napa Valley,…

Twomey Harvest Celebration – 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine & Food Pairing

On Saturday, Twomey Cellars rolled out the 2014 Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. They held a harvest celebration which let the wine club members taste new releases. Membership has its benefits. Twomey unveiled four new single vineyard pinots for 2014. Among them were, The Monument Tree, Last Stop, Soberanes and Bien Nacido.  Gourmet appetizers were prepared by…

St. Supéry – Bacon and Cabernet Wine Pairing in Napa Valley

Everybody loves a good wine and food pairing, especially if it includes bacon and cabernet sauvignon. With International Bacon Day and Cabernet Day falling right around Labor Day weekend, there was a lot of celebrating going on in Napa Valley, and a lot of bacon being enjoyed. I had found out through Twitter (thank you…