Wine Reviews

This Holiday Season, Gift Wines That Give Back

‘Tis the season of giving and of giving back. And when you gift one of these wines to your family, friends, and work associates, you’ll accomplish both. These producers are going above…

Fun Holiday Food & Wine Pairings

Plan your menus with these treats. It’s that time of year! The holiday season is upon us as we gather with our families and loved ones (some for the first time since…

Destination-Worthy Theorem Vineyards

Perfectly Paired Luxury When recommending wine tasting venues to family and friends, it’s challenging to come up with properties and estates that offer the same level of luxurious hospitality as that at…

California to Chianti: The World of Antinori Wine

If your knowledge of Antinori wines extends only to the family’s Napa Valley estate, Antica, it’s understandable. Afterall, the Atlas Peak winery produces a library of stellar wines that aficionados are proud…

Rosé Round-Up: Pinks to Pick-Up This Summer

Summertime means Rosé time. Just like everyone’s favorite season, Rosé is fun; Rosé is playful. The pink-hued wine pairs perfectly with poolside gatherings, picnics in the park, and baseball game tailgates. Choose…

Toast Earth Day With These Eco-Friendly Wines

What if being environmentally conscientious was as easy as choosing the right bottle of wine or champagne? Earth Day falls on April 22, but vinous producers Sonoma-Cutrer, Banfi, Avaline, Benziger, and Champagne…

11 Stellar Sonoma County Chardonnays to Sample Now

Encompassing verdant valleys, fertile forests, and craggy coastline, Sonoma County is one of California’s most eclectic regions. So it stands to reason that its vinous output is equally eclectic. More than 60…

At Mira Winery, Everyday Miracles Are a Foundation

The name says it all: Mira. Its inspiration is the Latin root of “miracle,” and this family owned, 16‑acre, under-the-radar estate in the heart of the Napa Valley is filled with small…

Over The Top Wine Tasting Experiences

Close your eyes, point to any one of the more than 800 wineries on the Napa Valley and Sonoma County winery maps, and there is little doubt that your blind selection yields…

Gordon Ramsay Wines: Celebrating the Best of California

While British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay may still be known to many for his fiery temper on TV’s Hell’s Kitchen, he is also one of the most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs in the…

Take Flight with Napa Valley’s Aileron Estates

Aileron Estates wines are alone worthy of a wine country visit. Add a pre-tasting, scenic, bi-plane ride over Sonoma, and Aileron becomes a wine tasting must-do. Unlike any other wine adventure within…

Champagne Chat: Billecart-Salmon’s Owner Gives Us the Scoop

 Our family motto is: “Give priority to quality, thrive for excellence.” I think that summarizes things quite well.  People who know—know. If you don’t know, you need to join the cult of Billecart-Salmon, a…

BRION Boasts a Bevy of Fine Winemakers 

In creating his new eponymous wine brand and winery, Brion Wise chose a novel approach. Rather than hire one famed winemaker, Wise gathered three, each at the top of his game, and…

The Essence of Excellence: Kenzo Estate

When those in the know are asked to name the most beautiful Napa Valley winery, Kenzo Estate unfailingly makes the short list. And when wine country visitors seek the best in private…

Champagnes Over Which to Woo Your Valentine

Whether your Valentine’s Day plans entail time spent with a special someone, or a relaxing evening alone at home, the occasion provides a time to reflect on all of the love in…

Under-the-Radar and Oh So Fine: Sill Family Vineyards Wine

When Napa Valley’s Oakville Grocery stocked its wine shelves with the best representatives of each Napa AVA (American Viticultural Area), it selected Sill Family Vineyards to represent Atlas Peak. The small production,…