Barrel Tasting Post Script

I had two VIJ’s ( Very Important Jobs) during the 36th annual Barrel Tasting weekend.  I reflected that there have been thousands of jobs over the course of the 36 years and I have been a consumer at over a...

/ April 11, 2014

Bubbly Mysteries Uncorked at Iron Horse

One of the most spectacular views, located on top of a hilly estate of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, is Iron Horse.  Known for their sparkling wines, Iron Horse boasts some creative cuvees and classic Bruts.  Depending on the blend and...

/ April 7, 2014
Red Car Wine Road

Quill Pens and Rose Shots: The Red Car Swag

I’ve heard of the new hip tasting room known as Red Car alongside the Gravenstein Highway and finally stopped in.  I first thought I was entering a music lounge.  A beautiful velvet green couch was calling my name and when...

/ March 31, 2014

Hidden Treasures on the Lynmar Estate

Tasting rooms along the Wine Road vary and wine lovers can taste in extraordinary gardens, on lavish couches, or in modest barns.  At Lynmar Estate, it feels as if you are vacationing on the back porch of a private Chateau. ...

/ March 24, 2014
Bodega Bay View

Escape the Heat: Bodega Bay Day

The sun is shining and the valleys in wine country are heating up.  On Saturday I was seeking a cooler climate and took a drive out on the Sonoma Coast to Bodega Bay.  A great place for Pinot Noir and...

/ March 19, 2014

#AFTERBarrelTasting Part II

We made it! Most of us here were experiencing our first Barrel Tasting ever and now can say that we’ve seen and heard it all!   Praises   Complaints   Spillers/Klutzes   Drunks Big Spenders   Partiers Zombies   Wristband...

/ March 10, 2014

To Drink or to Shelf that Bottle of Wine?

DRINK OR SHELF???  I’ve come upon a tiring dilemma – to save or not to save… and drink!   When you have access to some of the best wines in the world and you often buy them after being out...

/ March 3, 2014

Barrel Tasting Behind the Scenes: Part 1

For something to succeed for 36 years, it has to have the magic ingredients of running smooth, excellent experiences, divine wine, and 16,000 guests and wineries in harmony.  It all starts with Beth Costa, the executive director of the Wine...

/ February 28, 2014

#AFTERBarrelTasting

Not Until AFTER Barrel Tasting!   This year we are celebrating the 36th annual Barrel Tasting, an event that stirs up different types of excitement in people.  The restaurants expect a full house, the wineries showcase their future wines, locals...

/ February 24, 2014

Red or White – what about equality?

The wine industry has seen this constant battle between groups of people who claim to prefer reds or prefer whites.  What is it about these groups? Is it some kind of personality trait? A certain wine gene we have?  A...

/ February 17, 2014