Sorelle Bronca Prosecco


Sorelle Bronca Prosecco | Wander & Wine

Now that summer is fading away, I find myself looking for good summer wines that can easily transfer into Fall and the holiday season. (Side note: it is finally starting to feel a little bit like Fall here in Southern California!) Take rosé for example… it’s a perfect wine for warm summer days, but it’s also incredibly food friendly and versatile. Serve it with charcuterie and cheese, with roasted chicken and vegetables, and even Thai food!

Potek Winery at The Mill


Potek Winery at The Mill, Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

I know, I know… we’re totally spoiled here in SB when it comes to wine, food, and cool places to hang out. It seems like every other week there’s a new tasting room or restaurant popping up in the area. When it comes to places to eat/drink, I say the more the merrier. Who doesn’t like having options? Especially when the options are all pretty darn cool.

Top Books for Wine Enthusiasts (& Giveaway!)


Top Books for helping Wine Enthusiasts learn about wine | Wander & Wine

Let’s face it… wine is a huge part of our culture these days. Wine is more accessible than ever, sommeliers are more prevalent, and more and more people just plain want to know more about the fermented grape juice in their glass. The simple fact that you are reading a blog mostly about wine (hey thanks for reading!) just goes to show there’s a growing curiosity about the world of wine that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Yet, as lovely and fun as it can be, wine is complex and there are plenty of people still quite intimidated by it (and I totally get why).

12 Questions with Ernst Storm


12 Questions with Ernst Storm | Wander & Wine

After a brief hiatus, my Q&A series with people in the wine industry is back! This month, which just so happens to be California Wine Month, we’re talking to Santa Barbara winemaker Ernst Storm. I first met Ernst when I wrote about him for my wine column in the Santa Barbara Sentinel last year. Originally from South Africa, Ernst has been on the SBC wine circuit for several years now, first working at a few well-known wineries before starting his own label in 2006, Storm Wines. For Storm, he produces about 2,000 cases of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. (Side note: Storm’s Sauv Blanc is one of my go-to whites when I see it on a wine list. It’s super clean and crisp). Just last year, Ernst co-founded another label, Notary Public, for which he produces Chenin Blanc and Cabernet.

Abeja Winery


Abeja Winery, Walla Walla | Wander & Wine

Last week I shared with you the details of our delightful stay at the Inn at Abeja, located in Walla Walla wine country. Nick and I really did choose the perfect place to unwind post-wedding. Not only was the Inn peaceful and serene, but there’s a working winery onsite, so we didn’t have to venture too far to sample some highly regarded wine! Score.

Recap of LA Food & Wine 2015


Recap of LAFW 2015 | Wander & Wine The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival rolled out the red carpet for its fifth year and once again, did not disappoint! Just like last year, downtown LA’s Grand Avenue was taken over for 3 days of delicious bites from top chefs, cooking demos, gourmet lunches and, of course, lots of booze.

I was super excited to be able to attend most of the weekend this year, which kicked off Thursday with Lexus’ Ultimate Bites of LA. Over 30 chefs from restaurants throughout LA served up tasty small plates accompanied by wines from throughout the world, set against a backdrop of The Walt Disney Concert Hall and downtown LA’s skyscrapers.

The Inn at Abeja – Tranquility in wine country


The Inn at Abeja | Wander & Wine #wallawalla

What’s better than taking a honeymoon? Taking a honeymoon AND a mini-moon! Since Nick and I aren’t going on a honeymoon right away, we were excited to spend a couple of nights away for some R&R right after our wedding. Since it wasn’t too far from where we got married, we decided to go to Walla Walla for a much anticipated stay at The Inn at Abeja. Honestly, we couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot to unwind post-wedding… the place is not only picturesque and charming, but also incredibly serene.

The Inn at Abeja | Wander & Wine #wallawalla

Wedding Day!


Lakeside wedding - photos by Lisa Mallory Photography | Wander & Wine

I know this is a blog about wine, food and travel, but once in awhile it’s nice to share some more personal details of my life. And, seeing as though Nick and I shared a major milestone recently, I thought I would post a few photos from our spectacular wedding day! It was the most wonderful day ever, and quite a perfect start to our marriage. We certainly didn’t let a little heat (it was in the high 90′s) or smokey skies (from nearby fires) stop us from having the best day ever. It sounds so cliché, but it truly was!

Eat This, Shoot That!


Wine & Food Walking Tour, downtown Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

It’s another sunny day in Santa Barbara – what to do? Perhaps a little exploring, wine tasting and noshing on something tasty… sounds like a great plan to me! There are endless possibilities to do the aforementioned in this town, but if you’re looking for something new and different, check out a walking tour from Eat This, Shoot That! I promise you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy it.

Happy Hour with Cultivar Rose


Happy Hour with Cultivar Rose | Wander & Wine

Fresh off of 3 weddings in 3 weeks (one being mine!) and a quick minimoon getaway to Washington wine country, I feel like I’m in need of yet another vacation. Our wedding weekend was one of the MOST wonderful, fun and happy weekends of my life, but no doubt that all that celebrating has left me a little exhausted. Just because I am a little worn out doesn’t mean I’m going to let those last few days of summer slip by without a bit more summer fun, though! It’s absolutely beautiful in Santa Barbara and the perfect time to catch up with a few friends to recap the wedding (sneak peek below)!

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