Carhartt Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Carhartt Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Along Grand Avenue in the quaint little town of Los Olivos, CA, there are enough tasting rooms to easily fill an entire weekend. On a recent trip to the area, I decided to stop in town and try the wines of Carhartt Vineyard. Grand Avenue is lined with tasting room after tasting room, each representing [...]

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

I have to admit that while I was interested in trying the wines of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, it wasn't exactly at the top of my list. I assumed that a winery owned by 5 time Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola and his family would likely be "Hollywood". I anticipated it would be a [...]

Woodinville, WA Wine Country

Woodinville, WA Wine Country

Last weekend, we left sunny southern California and headed up to Seattle to explore the wine country in Woodinville, Washington. Woodinville is an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Seattle along lush forests and over long, floating bridges. I had never been outside the city and was blown away by how beautiful the area was. [...]

Brian Benson Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Brian Benson Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Often it's the people you meet on wine trips that you remember just as much as the wine. This was certainly the case with Brian Benson Cellars. Since second generation winemaker Brian Benson is the only employee at his winery, there is a very good chance he'll be the one pouring for you at his [...]

A trip down the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail…Solo.

A trip down the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail…Solo.

I've never planned a wine tasting trip alone, but today seemed like the perfect day to try it. I woke up early and headed up towards Santa Maria, CA - a relatively quick and easy 2 hour drive north of Los Angeles. My first stop was the little Danish town of Solvang for some coffee, [...]