Wine Country

Michael Mina Shines in Sonoma

Wit & Wisdom restaurant definitely worth the drive Super star chef Michael Mina has done it again–and during COVID. This month he has opened Wit & Wisdom  at The Lodge at Sonoma. Located…

Welcome Back to Yountville

Much has changed since the last time you visited Napa Valley. People are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and embracing other common sense efforts to keep the novel coronavirus at bay. But…

Not Your Usual Roadside Attraction

With Baccarat chandeliers, high-tech wine stations, and a fully stocked market with gourmet local goodies, Oakville Grocery is a destination in itself.

Crushing It: Female Winemakers

In Step With the Rhythms of Mother Nature, Six Women Who Turn Grapes Into Wine So much about 2020 is out of sync. Nevertheless, the timeless seasonality of harvest stays with the…

Social Distancing, Sunshine & Wine

Napa and Sonoma wineries offer safe wine tasting experiences outdoors In our special corner of the world, harvest arrives at the enviable intersection of three local hallmarks—gorgeous views, sunny days, great wine—and…

Alternatives to Traditional Wine Tasting Experiences

“A bottle of wine holds more philosophy than all the books in the world.” – Louis Pasteur Jordan Winery: Lace Up Your Hiking Boots Head for a beauty spot just a little…

virtual wine tasting

Wine Country Goes Viral

While nothing can replace the in-person experience of wine tasting in Napa Valley, virtual wine tastings offer a wonderful way to enjoy exceptional wines in the comfort of your home while supporting…

Black Wine Professionals

Black Wines Matter

A toast to black wine professionals The romance of wine lures visitors to dreamy wine country, where people often flock to escape the real world. Hearing the stories of passionate winery owners…

Flying by the Seat of Their Pants

Sonoma’s newest wine destination is a family affair—the brainchild of San Francisco Bay Area natives Mark and Elizabeth Hanson and their daughter Sarah Hanson Citron.

Napa Valley events

Hello, Spring!

The social calendar swells with a bevy of Napa Valley events that I hope you have an opportunity to experience. Here are several taking place through mid-May that I highly recommend. People…

Wine Country Alpha Omega

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

I’ll never forget the first time I went to Sonoma after I moved from San Francisco to Rutherford, a bucolic hamlet in Napa Valley, in 2015. At Francis Ford Coppola Winery in…

downtown Napa

Showtime in Downtown Napa

In downtown Napa, book a wine tasting experience at Alpha Omega Collective, just across the street from the Archer hotel. One of a handful of new tasting salons to open in downtown…

Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch WineaPAWlooza

JARR Shoots for the Moon

JARR seized the opportunity and launched its Moonshot, a bold, capital campaign to raise $10 million to build the facility which famed architect Howard Backen will design. If we can put humans…

V Foundation Wine Celebration

V Foundation Wine Celebration Goes to the Dogs

Anyone who knows me knows what a huge dog lover I am. Therefore, when I heard that this year’s V Foundation Wine Celebration, taking place August 1-4 in Napa Valley, has a…