Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure | Veterans Hall – Sonoma, CA

Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Northern Exposure | Veterans Hall – Sonoma, CA

I've said it before and will enthusiastically say it again.  As far as wine festivals go, nothing compares to the California Garagiste Festivals.  From Paso Robles to Solvang to Los Angeles, the Garagiste Festivals have introduced me to some of the best wines I've ever had and have given me an opportunity to meet the [...]

The Wine-ding Roads of Italy: Part 2 – Ca’ Lunae | Liguria

The Wine-ding Roads of Italy: Part 2 – Ca’ Lunae | Liguria

After leaving Cinque Terre, we headed to Fornoli - a tiny village near Lucca in northern Tuscany.  Even though Fornoli was incredibly peaceful and tucked away from the rest of the world, it provided easy access to a wealth of attractions. We sampled some of the world's best Balsamic vinegar at Leonardi in Modena, drove [...]

The Wine-ding Roads of Italy: Part 1 – Buranco Winery | Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

The Wine-ding Roads of Italy: Part 1 – Buranco Winery | Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

Since returning from a once-in-a-lifetime trip through Italy this summer, it seems like most people ask the same question - what was your favorite place that you visited? The more I revisit and ponder this question, the more difficult it becomes to answer.  Italy was magical beyond words and every single place we visited was [...]

Dog Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County

Dog Friendly Wineries in Sonoma County

I've been spending a lot of time recently exploring the incredible and diverse wines of Sonoma.  That also means I've been seeking out the best dog-friendly wineries in the area so our furry travel companion Booker can join us on our adventures.  Many wineries in the area welcome dogs in their outdoor tasting areas only, however [...]

LIOCO Wine | Santa Rosa – Sonoma, CA

LIOCO Wine | Santa Rosa – Sonoma, CA

My visit to LIOCO Wine in Santa Rosa couldn't have happened at a better time.  For the past few months, I've been studying for my Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) certification through the Society of Wine Educators, which has proven to be an extremely challenging, often overwhelming, and very exciting experience.  While I've loved learning [...]

Porter-Bass Estate Winery | Guerneville – Sonoma, CA

Porter-Bass Estate Winery | Guerneville – Sonoma, CA

Small, back road wineries are my absolute favorite.  Even though they may be harder to find, the reward is definitely worth the effort. Aside from the slightly more complicated journey, back road wineries offer an experience you'd never find along the main tasting routes.  Many small wineries are family owned with rich histories and deep [...]

Hobo Wine Company | Santa Rosa, CA

Hobo Wine Company | Santa Rosa, CA

As anyone who follows wine knows, 2015 was the year of the millennial and their ever-growing love for wine.  According to a recent study, people aged 21-38 drank nearly half of the wine purchased in America in 2015, and they're willing to spend a bit more to try new, unusual varietals. Gone are the days of [...]