Great views and caves at Cade Winery


Cade Winery, Howell Mountain - Napa Valley | Wander & Wine

With sooo many wineries in the Napa Valley, it’s almost impossible to choose which ones to visit, especially if you have a limited amount of time. Do you go for the biggest names or most grandiose? The best or most exclusive wine? The off-the-beaten track wineries, or the ones you can get to on a tour bus? Tough choices, for sure. For me, I always enjoy a mixture of it all, but you can never really go wrong with a great view. CADE Estate Winery, located on the hillside of Howell Mountain just northeast of St. Helena, definitely has the view covered, but it’s the overall experience that makes it memorable.

JCR Vineyard: Small Winery Big on Pinots


JCR Vineyards - Lompoc | Wander & Wine

Well, it’s now Fall (how crazy is that?!) and my second publication in the SB Sentinel is out on news stands. I guess I can now officially call myself a wine columnist! Hooray. Since the goal for my column (called Behind the Vine) is to introduce readers to lesser known local wineries and/or to the people behind SB’s favorite wines, I was happy when I stumbled upon JCR Vineyard, a relatively newer small-production winery just south of the Sta Rita Hills AVA.

Round Pond Winery


Round Pond Winery Terrace - Napa Valley | Wander & Wine

I just got home from a quick trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa (so glamorous) and am happy to be back to this gorgeous California Fall weather. In fact, I want nothing more to do than sit by a pool or lazily sip wine while overlooking a vineyard… is that too much to ask?? :) I guess I will just have to settle for reminiscing about my recent trip to Napa – at Round Pond Winery, specifically.

Recap of LA Food & Wine 2014


LA Food & Wine 2014 | Wander & Wine

The end of summer has certainly kept me busy with a lot of fun events which, sadly, has caused me to totally neglect the blog. What can I say, I like to have fun! MIA no more, though… Fall is around the corner and I am pumped for cooler weather, football, wedding planning and of course, sharing more of my wine experiences with you! After all, the Governor has just declared September ‘California Wine Month’ so I have no more excuses!

Happy National Cabernet Day!


National Cabernet Day - August 28 | Wander & Wine

I love how all these National so and so days have taken off on social media. Yes, sometimes they can be a bit much… National Corn Dog Day, National Tapioca Pudding Day (for real!?), and National Sewing Machine Day (let’s see how much traction that one gets on Twitter). I do think that I need to note National Lasagna Day, though, since it is Nick’s fav food (July 29, for the record).

Nickel & Nickel – An Old School Napa Valley Experience


Nickel & Nickel Winery | Wander & Wine

In the aftermath of the damaging earthquake in Napa, my recaps of my recent Napa weekend couldn’t come at a more pertinent time. My heart goes out to all my wine friends whose wineries have been affected, and especially to those who were badly injured in the quake. So scary. Hopefully my posts will entice you to make a special visit to Napa Valley and support the wine business during this trying time. Napa strong!

Over the years, I’ve had numerous friends visit Nickel and Nickel winery, but despite hearing only good things, I had never been there. Since Nick and I love a good sit-down, personalized wine tasting experience, visiting Nickel & Nickel during our engagement-celebratory getaway was a no brainer.

SB Sentinel and Ernst Storm


Storm Wines - Santa Ynez | Wander & Wine

I know I still have a ton to write about from my recent Napa / Sonoma trip, but wanted to share the exciting news that I now have my own wine column in the Santa Barbara Sentinel! It’s actually been in the works for a couple of months, but because of a hectic summer schedule (is summer ever NOT busy?!), it took me a bit longer to get things up and running. Finally, my first story is out!

Scribe Winery in Sonoma


Scribe Winery, Sonoma | Wander & Wine

To keep the momentum of our newly engaged bliss going strong, Nick and I headed to Sonoma / Napa for 3 days this past weekend to taste some vino and enjoy the beauty of wine country. I mean, why not? Now, we all know there are A TON of wineries in Napa and Sonoma. It’s overwhelming, really. Even though I’ve been to the area over a dozen times, I still feel like there’s never enough time to get to all the places I want to. This time around, though, instead of packing in too many wineries and restaurants, we tried a more relaxed approach and took our time. First stop? Scribe Winery in Sonoma.

You’d be ‘wise’ to try Saggi from Long Shadows


Saggi Wine from Long Shadows Winery | Wander & Wine

During my really fun last trip to Walla Walla, my friend Sarah and I had a delicious bottle of wine during our dinner at Saffron (which is oh so good, btw). That bottle of wine was the 2010 Saggi, a unique Italian-style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Syrah. We liked the wine so much that we made an appointment to taste at the winery (Long Shadows) the next day.

Happy Memories at Bridlewood Winery


Bridlewood Winery - Santa Ynez | Wander & Wine

Last week, Nick and I took the day off work and he surprised me with a jaunt over to Santa Ynez for some wine tasting. If there’s one way I want to spend a day off of work, wine tasting is definitely high on my list! And who doesn’t love surprises!? Our first stop: Bridlewood Winery, a winery located on a beautiful piece of property in Santa Ynez that was once an Arabian horse farm and equestrian rehabilitation center.

Bridlewood Entrance | Wander & Wine

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