On June 16, 2011, I began this website, writing about wine, travel, and the combination of the two. Almost a year later, on May 22, 2012, I wrote about Villa Maria Estate for the first time. I cannot believe it has been seven and six years, respectively. It feels like we have grown together like … Continue reading Villa Maria Estate: Taylors Pass Vineyard and an Interview with winemaker Helen Morrison
On Wednesday November 15, 2017, I helped facilitate the latest Twitter tasting with Villa Maria Estate, and I could not be more pleased with the selections that the winery sent to me to taste and review. Time and time again, Villa Maria fulfills at a price point that all wine lovers can enjoy. Thus, I … Continue reading Villa Maria Estate: The Beth’s Smart Sip Trifecta!
I realized today as I was preparing to write this post that I have not participated in a Villa Maria tasting since June 2016. Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls sometimes and that is why. However, I am thrilled to be back with my Villa Maria family and friends to co-host this … Continue reading It’s Villa Maria time!
Here it is November already. I don’t know about you, but it has been a heck of a year for me. In January, I lost my mom unexpectedly. When I returned home from traveling home for the the funeral, I became so ill that my doctor thought I had pneumonia. When she sent me for … Continue reading A TWC Update: 2017, wildfires, recognition, and Villa Maria
As some of you know, I am a relatively new wine geek after a pivotal wine moment in 2008 that led me to taste and learn more about wine, eventually landing me in Napa, California with a new career in the wine business. This website and many virtual tastings, including five with Villa Maria (@villamaria_wine in … Continue reading Villa Maria’s First Sip of Summer
In 2012, 2013, 2014, and earlier this year, I have shared with you the history and success of Villa Maria Estate, which is also detailed at this link. It is no surprise that the quality of these wines continues to impress at great price points. Therefore, when I was asked to participate in my fifth … Continue reading Beth’s Smart Sip: Villa Maria Private Bin and Cellar Selection Pinot Noir
It’s rare that I write something prior to a Twitter virtual wine tasting, but as my schedule would have it, I am quite busy these next three weeks and I wanted to take advantage of a rare free evening to taste wine. I know, the sacrifices I make for you, my readers. The virtual tasting … Continue reading Villa Maria Estate, we meet again!
Unfortunately, I was unable to participate live in the Villa Maria Estate #NZSAVVY virtual tasting on Wednesday, June 18 due to a chiropractor’s appointment. Therefore, tonight, Friday, June 20, I decided to taste these wines. This is not the first time I have tried Villa Maria’s wines before. I reviewed samples in both 2012 and … Continue reading #NZSAVVY with Villa Maria Estate
Last year I was fortunate to taste Villa Maria Estate‘s 2011 Sauvignon Blanc with thirstygirl®. This year I was invited to taste the 2012 Villa Maria Estate Reserve Bin Sauvignon Blanc and the 2011 Villa Maria Estate Reserve Bin Pinot Noir and asked a friend to join me. The 2012 vintage of wines marked Villa Maria Estate’s 50th anniversary … Continue reading 2013 #TGTaste with thirstygirl® and Villa Maria Estate
If you’ve read my past #TGTaste posts, you’ll often find that I was a bit nervous stepping out of my tasting “comfort zone,” but always found myself pleasantly surprised. With regard to this #TGTaste on May 16, this was not the case at all. I love Sauvignon Blanc, so I was very excited to participate. … Continue reading #TGTaste with thirstygirl® and Villa Maria Estate