Comparing Wine Tasting in the Rhone Valley to the Napa Valley


We have just spent a wonderful week in the Southern Rhone Valley, roaming the vineyards of this beautiful land and visiting several wineries. I could not help but compare our experiences in the Rhone Valley to that of our broad travels in the Napa … [Continue reading]

ZAP Festival 2014 Changes Course

The Zap Grand Tasting 2012

The 2014 ZAP Saturday event will have a new look and feel this coming January. The location will be new and the format will be entirely revamped for the 22nd year of this annual Saturday gathering of Zinfandel oenophiles. What has been the … [Continue reading]

Wine Country Watercolors – Artist Dale Perkins

watercolor Golden Gate Bridge

I would like to introduce our readers to watercolor artist Dale Perkins. Dale and I were teachers together for many years in the Burlingame School District and are good friends. He was one amazing art teacher and art specialist for the district. … [Continue reading]

Food & Wine‘s “Best 75 Wineries to Visit” – Who’s missing?

Barrel Room at Corison

One of the featured articles in the October 2013 Food & Wine Magazine’s annual “Wine Issue" is their "75 Best Wineries to Visit in California.” Now, granted, the choices of wineries are subjective and most of the 75 wineries on the list are … [Continue reading]

Charter Oak Winery – something different in St. Helena

Layla's artwork

There are said to be over 400 “brick and mortar” wineries in the Napa Valley. The typical Napa Valley winery has a lavish tasting room, along with merchandise for sale. It can almost be said, once you have seen a few tasting rooms in the Napa … [Continue reading]

Napa Valley- The Valhalla for Wine, Lifestyle and Characters


The Wine Doctor Speaks Many people know me as “The Wine Doctor.” But what fewer people know is that I recently released a new, comic, wine mystery novel Pinot Envy, recently published by Bancroft Press. It’s a fun, smart, easy reading … [Continue reading]

Grgich Hills and Robert Mondavi 2013 Blessing of the Grapes

Father Gordon

What a wonderful experience to witness this annual tradition at two Napa Valley wineries this last Friday, August 30th. The blessing of the grapes is a tradition at both Grgich Hills (37th year) and at Robert Mondavi (48th year). Father Gordon Kalil … [Continue reading]

Rolando Herrera – Mi Sueño Winery


Our weeklong adventures continue in the Napa Valley with a tour and tasting at Rolando Herrera's Mi Sueño Winery, and then a visit to the busy Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Rolando Herrera Rolando Herrera is a winery owner, winemaker, and … [Continue reading]

Napa Valley Late August


We are spending the last week of August in the beautiful Napa Valley. The vines are looking spectacular throughout the Valley from Napa all the way to Calistoga. We are renting a house with family in the Oak Knoll AVA. Five acres of Cabernet … [Continue reading]

Clos Pegase Winery Sold to Leslie Rudd

Yet another Napa Valley winery has exchanged owners. This time it is one of our favorite wineries to visit in the Napa Valley. Clos Pegase is one of our favorites in terms of its wonderful appeal as it sits among the vines and the backdrop of the … [Continue reading]