Working in the wine business, I attend many events. After a while, many start to feel the same. However, at Dutton-Goldfield Winery in the Russian River Valley, which I reviewed previously, the event planners are clearly thinking outside of the box. One such event was their recent Aphrodisiac Food & Wine Pairing Class taught by … More You had me at aphrodisiac!
*This post is my entry for Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #30, #MWWC30, whose theme is obscure, as described at this link. Voting at this link begins Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and goes through Monday, January 30, 2017.* Life is a brief, small, and transitory phenomenon in an obscure corner, not at all the sort of … More Obscurity Thwarted
Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ reminded me that it was three years ago, December 3, 2013 that I accepted my first full-time job in the wine business at a winery in the Napa Valley. At the time, I was not-so-gainfully unemployed after eleven months of severance and part-time work. I had been offered the job before … More My ‘Winestory’
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with VinVillageRadio about this website, in honor my fifth anniversary of Traveling Wine Chick, as well as to talk about my writing for other websites like American Winery Guide and Snooth, and the future of my writing. I would be honored if you would listen as I chat with VinVillage‘s … More An Interview with VinVillageRadio
It was a beautiful evening in Beaune. We had checked into our small hotel and headed downstairs for dinner. Many memories of that summer in France as a college student studying French have faded with time, but not this meal and not the wine. This red elixir moved me. I had never had wine like … More Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine
*This is my entry for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #27, #MWWC27, whose theme is BUBBLES.* You may VOTE HERE through Monday, September 19, 2016. The first fizzy ‘wine’ that I remember tasting was Boone’s Farm Tickle Pink. I was (maybe) of legal drinking age and it was under $2.00 per bottle. I would pick … More Loving Bubbles, Loving Life
Many wineries in the Napa Valley craft stunning examples of cabernet sauvignon because the grape flourishes in our Mediterranean microclimates and varied soil types. However, the Napa Valley is more than corporations and cabernet sauvignon. In my most recent contribution to Snooth, I debunk this myth and share with you why common Napa Valley stereotypes are … More The Real Napa Valley