What Wines are Winter Wines? Wine Pairing in a Winter Wonderland

What wines do you think go best on a blustery day or night, rain and snow falling like crazy? I feel like summer disappeared so quickly, I didn’t have time to pull out the jackets and sink into hibernation mode. One thing I do notice is that my palate changes through the seasons like clockwork….

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,…

Ciccio – Cozy Italian Restaurant in Yountville – Napa Valley

Ciccio is a quaint little Italian place on the north end of Yountville. You won’t find it on Open Table and you can’t call up and make a reservation. Getting a table is half the battle.   Located in the old Italian grocery store built in 1916, Ciccio is an intimate dining experience with high…

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…

Carpe Diem – Seize the Ostrich Burger

I recently dined at a restaurant I haven’t been to in quite some time, to revisit my beloved ostrich burger… and I brought along a friend – a 2014 Walt Pinot Noir Sierra Mar. I used to frequent the Carpe Diem Wine Bar all the time. I would eagerly make the 16 mile journey to downtown Napa…

Visit to Duckhorn Vineyards – Saint Helena

A Visit to Duckhorn Winery and Vineyards – Saint Helena Last Saturday, a few friends and I decided to go for a wine tasting after breakfast at the Meadowood Grill.  I hadn’t been to Duckhorn Vineyards in quite a while and figured it was early enough to get a reservation.  I used Open Table through the link from Duckhorn’s website…