Category Archives: General


    Vineyards to Villages (V2V) was started by the Sonoma County wine industry to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in western Kenya. In September, V2V is hosting the 2nd annual V2V Wine Safari to give people the opportunity to drink boutique Sonoma County wines and view African wildlife while bringing clean water to …

Continue Reading >


Explore Provence: Cassis

June 25, 2016

“Anyone who has seen Paris, but hasn’t seen Cassis, hasn’t seen anything” Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914) Cassis is a charming fishing village nestled between two incredible natural rock formations that protect the village from the harsh Mistral winds.  Beautiful beaches, a scenic harbour, terraced port-side cafés, and a historical past that will astound you – all …

Continue Reading >


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seem to have been rather content with each other since meeting on the set of their 2005 action film Mr And Mrs Smith. But the couple, who wed in 2014 and parent six children together, seem to have hit a snag this year, according to a Wednesday report from UsWeekly. …

Continue Reading >


Château D’Esclans is a small, quality-minded operation that was acquired by Sacha Lichine in 2006.  Sacha was born in Bordeaux, and has worked in many capacities in almost every area of the wine industry.  At 23, he was organizing luxury wine tours in France, and establishing his own business, selecting wines from the Rhone and …

Continue Reading >


When did you have your wine awakening? Probably as a kid. My parents and their friends would host frequent house parties on my godmother’s houseboat in Seattle. I was always put in charge of beverage service. I was probably eight or nine at the time, but I would open and serve the sparkling, usually Freixenet …

Continue Reading >


The term “celebrity winery” often comes with a soon to follow eye roll. Look, I get it. It’s easy to think, “Ok. Now you’re a vintner. Well, of course you are.” Ah, celebrities. Yes, it’s true many celebrities have a lot of money and sure, some of them probably just liked how fancy they felt …

Continue Reading >


National Rosé Day is upon us! Celebrated the second Saturday in June, this year National Rosé Day falls on Saturday, June 11th. This is a great opportunity for all of you Rosé fans to imbibe that deliciously refreshing beverage we’ve all come to know and love. It’s also a creative and fun excuse to throw …

Continue Reading >


Stocking a Home Bar

June 7, 2016

What’s in a Bar? Home Bar Essentials You need more than a couple of Martini glasses in order to stock the perfect home bar! Learn what tools are essential for crafting a classic Manhattan and when a cocktail should be shaken and not stirred! Bottle Opener I have a friend who always has a bottle …

Continue Reading >


There are so many different ways to make sparkling wines: from dry, rich traditional method (also known as Champagne method) to lighter, fresher Charmat method (also known as tank method – think Prosecco), and then into a lower-alcohol, usually off-dry bubbly made in the ancestral method.  There are so many different styles, even within those …

Continue Reading >