Amizetta, Conn Valley

    Amizetta comes highly recommended for not just one of the most stunning views of Napa but the Mayacamas and Vacas mountain ranges surrounding you with Lake Hennessey directly to the south. Stunning views, fire pits, elevation and an intimate tasting is what made this visit so special. They also produce one of myContinue reading “Amizetta, Conn Valley”

Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa

  Where Rock and Roll meets wine country. It turns out that Cliff Lede is so much more than just Cliff Lede the winery. I’ve seen these wines in the market but something I never realized was everything else that is part of the brand and something one wouldn’t typically grasp until they show up forContinue reading “Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa”

Goosecross Cellars, Yountville

Goosecross was THE perfect stop from the 29 as we made our way over to the Silverado Trail from downtown Yountville, the home of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and literally the heart of the Napa Valley. The trail is loaded with some of the best wineries and a beautiful drive right the base of theContinue reading “Goosecross Cellars, Yountville”

Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley

I found myself at this winery when I was leaving downtown Santa Rosa, not far from the 101 but still a windy little adventure. You’ll be led to a magical place surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides, this enchanting feeling you’re entering a storybook setting. Bennett Valley is one of the most romantic AVA’sContinue reading “Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley”

Artesa, Napa

Artesa is a great stop, again as you’re heading north into wine country. A solid good day and a day I do often is a big brunch at Boonfly Cafe (order the BLTE, to DIE for), Domaine Carneros, Saintsbury and Artesa. They’re all in close enough proximity to require less drive time and each have theirContinue reading “Artesa, Napa”

Saintsbury, Carneros

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for the experience I stumbled upon at Saintsbury. So unique because I got to meet cellar master, Jaime and his cellar hand Martin while topping off barrels of the 2017 vintage where they let me taste through them ALL (should’ve taken a cab). From these barrels theContinue reading “Saintsbury, Carneros”

Domaine Carneros, Sonoma – Sparkling

LOVE it here! ‘nuf said; However, there’s a right way to do this one.   After working in the industry for so long and never finding myself in need of purchasing wine, I finally gave in and joined their Chateau Society wine club. Not only do they have 4 tiers to choose from (so youContinue reading “Domaine Carneros, Sonoma – Sparkling”

Viansa, Sonoma

Viansa will be short and sweet since it’s not my personal favorite, although, it has all your typical wine country offerings: nick nacks, a long drive way, views, a yard with some vines and of course, a fountain (see below). I’m just not a huge fan of the sterile-feeling tasting room and boxes all overContinue reading “Viansa, Sonoma”

A Somm Experience

The Experience: What I offer is an experience for groups to learn about and taste wine, whether it be team building for your employees, hosting a group curious to learn the basics or needing wine to pair with a dinner party. I’ll begin with an introduction over Champagne and continue with a selection of winesContinue reading “A Somm Experience”

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