The Best of Napa

We came, we tasted, we once again surrendered to the wines, the foods and the experiences of Napa Valley in California. We provided blow-by-blow (o at least winery-by-winery and restaurant-by-restaurant descriptions of many of our favorite tops from our two week stay in Napa. Following are our three favorites in each of four categories: Napa [Read more …]

Napa Wine Experiences—St. Helena to Calistoga

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in the [Read more …]

Napa Wine Experiences—Yountville to Oakville

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in the [Read more …]

Napa Wine Experiences—Los Carneros

Our two weeks in Napa gave us the opportunity to spend more times than usual at a number of wineries. Some were new to us. Others, long-time favorites. The following posts on Napa Wine Experiences begins in Los Carneros, at the the southern tip of the valley, and ends in St Helena and Calistoga, in [Read more …]

Two Glorious Weeks in Napa

We always love our Napa trips. Typically, however, we are there for two, three or maybe four days at a time. We feel compelled to explore and catch up with so many wineries and restaurants that we return with a full trunk of wine and a severe case of overload. This trip was different. We [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Wine Tastings

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

Winestock San Francisco

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The July 21/22 Winestock San Francisco tasting event appeared to be a good time had by all. Held in Russian Hill’s historic Firehouse 8, the event offered tastings by about 20 wineries and specialty food providers. Although most of the producers were small, boutique firms, a few larger wineries, such as Peju and Hanna were [Read more …]

Exploring Stags Leap District Unknown Wineries

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This last weekend, as discussed in our April 15, 2013 post, was the Stags Leap’s District annual celebration of the appellations vintners and wines. We attended one of the Vineyard to Vintner Weekend’s three events: Saturday’s Open Houses in which 19 wineries opened their facilities and their caves for tours, meet-the-winemaker events, music and merriment. [Read more …]

Napa’s Stags Leap District Stages its Annual Vineyard to Vintner (V2V) Weekend

Stags Leap is, as we have discussed in a number of posts, one of our favorite cab appellations. We are, therefore, anxiously awaiting our first chance to participate in their annual blow-out Vineyard to Vintner weekend, where dozens of the district’s wineries pull out all stops to present their newly released wines. [Read more …]

Just Another San Francisco Weekend: Wine, Cheese and Food, with Art, Flowers and History Thrown In

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We love San Francisco. There’s always something to do. In fact, there is often so much to do that you have to choose among a number of attractive options. The option: squeeze them all into a weekend. It’s a lot of work, but this weekend, we managed to do it: Friday We spend the morning [Read more …]