• WITS: On changing technology in wine

      Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend my first WITS – the Wine Industry Technology Symposium. While i have often wanted to attend, my work obligations prevented it. Until now. Why was I so excited about this event? Primarily because, and if you’ve been reading this blog for some time you know, at long last technology is successfully and measurably crashing in to wine industry.

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    • Alta Maria Vineyards: Stop in and stay a while in Los Olivos

      now, on to something completely different! This year marked the 7th edition of the North American Wine Bloggers Conference, which I will heretofore call the Wine Whatever Conference to avoid any confusion about who attends, what we do and what happens during it. Arriving in the area several days prior to the conference to take care of some family obligations, and a general ne ...

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    • Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

      Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me. One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013. Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin canyon running north to south in a curving line.

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  • Celebrate with Franciacorta!

    During the holidays, more often than not, we celebrate with something sparkling. For some it might be the old classic Champagne; others, California Sparkling. But have you tried Franciacorta? Franciacorta, the DOCG region in Lombardy, Italy, is known for it’s excellent sparkling wines made in the traditionally method – meaning, the secondary fermentation occurs int bottle and ...

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  • Quinticentually Quintessa

    Earlier this year, before I embarked on a somewhat fool-hearty mission of getting my CSW credential, I visited the Napa Valley estate of Quintessa. Tucked away, hidden from the Silverado Trail in Rutherford, the unique gravity flow moistly underground winery pokes out from the hillside. When the Huneeus family took ownership of the land in 1990, they could see that though the l ...

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  • 7 Stills for 7 Cocktails: Don’t be bitter!

    A few years ago, at my first Craft Cocktail Carnival here in San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to meet Tim Obert and Clint Potter of Seven Stills Vodka. Masters of the craft cocktail movement, I was fortunately enough to taste through some of the unique creations that Tim had lurking in his cabinets.

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  • Uncommonly good gifts from Uncommon Goods

    It’s that time of year again – when people scramble to find just the right gift for their wine friends. I like to find unique items that you won’t always find at the big box stores, and my friends at Uncommon Goods came up with some terrific ideas to fit the bill. Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999, and features unique gifts and handcrafted items that are particularly kind t ...

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  • Hello stranger!

    I’m here, hanging on, muddling through what is theoretically Fall. Given that it’s in the high 70s/low 80s, it’s tough to stay inside and stare and the computer, but I’m trying. You might be wondering why I’ve been so silent recently: well I’ll tell you. Earlier this year, I took the California Wine Appelation Specialilst (CWAS) class offered by San Francisco Wine School The t ...

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  • Writerz Block…I haz it!

    It’s funny how life can take a turn sometimes. This year has been one of major change, a crazy work schedule, a bit of life’s most unhappy moments thrown in for good measure, and pure mayhem. Somewhere on the way, I lost my focus and my passion for th ...

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  • Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

    After the mayhem of the Wine Bloggers Conference had subsided a bit, the #QBP (and token Joe) decided to stick around a bit longer an enjoy the relative peace of Los Olivos on a Sunday afternoon. As luck would have it, fearless leader Melanie had arranged for a visit to Refugio Ranch Winery for some tasting and tweeting.

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  • VinEdge

    It’s that time of year again – when gadgets and gifting items hit the shelves, and all sorts of new technology is released for the holiday gifting season. One of these gadgets is a new preservation device called the VinEdge, which is new tool to help you save that leftover wine. Yes, I know, generally speaking leftover wine is an hilarious joke in this house, but occasionally, ...

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  • Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    #QPB members BrixChicks LIza & Dallas Wine Chick Melanie, with BrixChicks Xandria hiding in the center After our #QPB left Los Olivos and settled back in to WBC mode, we had one more adventure to see too before the official conference began. Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be a guest of the San Francisco Wine School’s inaugural 3-day intensive California Wine Appell ...

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  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly invited us to taste through his wines.

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  • A cool dry place – Avalon Bay Wine Cooler

    A cool dry place – Avalon Bay Wine Cooler With summer finally arriving here in Northern California, it’s good to know that my wine is stored in a cool, dry place. While it’s only ooccasionallyover 80 degrees in San Francisco proper, there are plenty of days outside of the city limits that can stretch well in to the 90s.

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  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekened!

    The dust has mostly settled, and the clean up has begun. If you have not yet heard, we had a fairly large earthquake in these parts on Saturday night / Sunday morning, and while there was no damage here in the city of San Francisco, there was significant building and property damage in Napa. While most of us who grew up in the area are somewhat used to (if you can really get u ...

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  • Things are a little yeasty in there

    After meandering over to Alta Maria, it was finally time to meet my #QBP – Queen Bitches Posse over at Tercero Wines, around the corner in Los Olivos. As I had somewhat secretly clandestinely arranged this day of pre-WBC shenanigans, I was looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy my free day before the conference officially got under way.

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  • To your health! Cocktials as health food

    I love a good cocktail as much as the next gal, but did you know some cocktails can be good for you? Taking a cue from the elixirs, tinctures, and tonics of yesterday, and putting a new twist on them, the new book Apothecary Cocktails delves in to the history of some restoratives libations, and creates new recipes for today’s trendy bartender.

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  • ZAP goes on the road!

    As summer winds down, or maybe just gets skipped over, the foggy nights and cool morning remind me of why I love Zinfandel so much. Zinfandel is a wine that has as many flavors and styles as there are ways to make BBQ sauce. Zinfandel is also the perfect summer party, and BBQ wine. With that in mind, ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) is hosting a showcase of Zinfandel ...

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