Archive for the ‘Napa’ Category


Napa at Last Light ~ Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway

Where to begin, where will it end? I was asked to review James Conaway’s book Napa at Last Light. Like a deer in the headlights, I entered the pathway. This is, no doubt, the most controversial book I’ve ever read about our beloved wine business. Because this business is so agriculturally based, and I’ve been […]


Petite Sirah – The State of the State, with Matt Moye of Vincent Arroyo

Here’s some Petite Sriah insight from Mathew (Matt) Moye of Vincent Arroyo: With Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon commanding an AVERAGE of $7,500 per ton, how can I put out a $40.00/per bottle Cabernet? How many people are buying $70.00+ Cabs? How did we get this expensive so fast? Is this sustainable? We’ve jumped almost $2,000 […]


A RARE Opportunity to Taste Artisan Napa Valley Cabs on February 24

[Photo from winery sites. First photo: Herb Lamb Vineyards] Over the years, as I look back, I’ve come to realize that my calling has always been to champion the underdogs. And I write “underdogs” with the utmost respect. I see talent and I know potential. I came to first realize my gift when I couldn’t […]


Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018

Tickets are $45.00, and are being sold through Eventbrite.


Wine and Spirits Books of 2017 That Belong in Any Great Wine (book) Library

Each year I enjoy putting a list together of the best wine and food books I read throughout the year. This year is no exception. Here are my 2017 Wine and Spirits Books. And, here’s headed to your Black Friday shopping… A Vineyard in Napa, by Doug Shafer, Fills in an Important Historical Napa Timeline […]


I feel like I was just knocked out ~ Pocket Fire in Geyserville

What the 12-day, California wine country experience many of us just had: some were longer with more devastation, some were shorter, with minor problems. Bottom line: ask anyone involved in this perfect, epic fire storm, and they’ll tell you that they’ve been traumatized. This is my own exhausting story. During that time, I didn’t have […]


Rutherford Dust Society ~ Always Something New to Learn and Enjoy

In 1993, the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) was established. The Rutherford Dust Society was then established in 1994, by growers and vintners, to support a cohesive educational program going forward. Total acreage for the AVA is 6,840, while 4,371 acres are dedicated to vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the major planting, by 67 percent. This region […]


An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]


Roses to Write Home About

éé Wines of the Week Rosés, our most delicious wines for the spring and the summer season ahead, I love them… True confession: It wasn’t until I tasted Sutter Home’s White Zin that I finally got wine. Had I not been trying to love Merlots as my entry wine, I wouldn’t have needed something with […]


Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” Book Signing at Silverado Vineyards

I’m in the middle of reading Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” right now and loving it, said she with no doubts that I’ll also write a review for it. Recently, a review in a major newspaper had a review of the book, and it wasn’t anything like what I’ll be writing. I’m writing from inside the […]