Archive for the ‘Sparkling’ Category


The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming

It’s always a joy to receive Iron Horse Vineyards’ bubbles. As I read Joy Sterling’s cover letter about her family’s 2010 Russian Cuvée, it sparked another memory, but first, what was written, so you understand the brain connection. Understandably, my family still takes complete credit for ending the Cold War. The 2010 Russian Cuvée in […]


The Bubbles of Summer all year long

Randy Arnold of Barefoot Cellars… He’s one of those people who you work with for a few months, and then he impacts your life forever. [This image of Randy Arnold is borrowed from the Website of Barefoot Wines.] Randy Celebrating 25 Years With Barefoot Cellars With Barefoot, Randy Arnold’s been there since the beginning. In […]


Valentine day wines for 2015

For Valentine day wines, let’s start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines… Bubbles are a natural for Valentine’s Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers’ holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards,  J Vineyards and Winery, and River Road. […]


Seventh Day of Christmas

Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven swans a-swimming = seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is also New Year’s Day. Happy New Year Dear friends, the Seventh Day of Christmas is also New Year’s Day. My New Year’s Wish for you is that 2015 brings miracles into your life. This image of Champagne being poured […]


Thanksgiving wines with a big thank you ~ The Whites

Thanksgiving wines are a natural wine topic. During this time of year, from one year to the next, I reflect upon who’s been there for me in the past cycle… entrusting me with their stories. This blog post is more about giving thanks than it is about Thanksgiving wines. It is more interesting, however, if […]


Is your wine cellar ready for the last third of the year? Iron Horse is at the top of my list for readiness

For me, Iron Horse Vineyards has to always be “in the house.” You never know what’s worth celebrating, above and beyond the usual celebrations. Sometimes, it’s just a wonderful surprise… like finishing the last chapter of your book. That was a moment to remember and one I didn’t anticipate until it happened; and so, I […]


Three San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition wine picks from Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong is the popular and affable Cellar Master at BevMo! His palate is highly regarded; his opinions matter a great deal. Please enjoy. Winery images have been borrowed from the respective wineries’ Web sites; for emphasis and their promotional use, only. Wilfred’s image comes from his BevMo! wine blog page. If you’d like to […]


Old World versus New World Wines, what are the differences?

My friend Chang Liow of Chinois Asian Bistro had me stand in for him at a wine tasting and luncheon. His restaurant Chinois is located in Windsor, and the food is wonderfully delicious. If you’re a wine person, along with being a foodie, you’ll marvel at his wine list. It’s one that gets stolen on […]


Earth Day 2014 ~ Sandra Day O’Connor will be at Iron Horse Vineyards

I just got word for Earth Day 2014 ~ Sandra Day O’Connor will be at Iron Horse Vineyards for next year’s festivities. I just marked my calendar for Sunday, April 27, 2014,. The event will again be held at Iron Horse, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Personally, Justice O’Connor is one of the […]


Segueing one industry quickly into another is today’s marketing concept

Segueing one industry quickly into another is today’s marketing concept; and those who embrace it will be the winners. For instance, Sex and the Wine Country is far from Sex and the City; but it’s how life and this blog post have evolved, as of right now this very minute… Recently I got some SexyPop […]