Why Santa Barbara is a great place for wine


Why Santa Barbara is a great place for wine | Wander & Wine

Having added ‘blogger’ and ‘writer’ to my credentials these past couple of years, it’s always an honor when I’m asked to write for other blogs and publications. For the past several months, I’ve been a regular contributor to Club W’s The Juice blog, sharing information on all things Santa Barbara — like where to taste in The Funk Zone and understanding the differences between Santa Barbara’s five AVAs. For my latest contribution, I’ve shared what I think makes Santa Barbara such a kickass place for wine. Is it the setting? The climate? The people? All of it, really… read on for the whole story!

Wines of Greece at PBFW


Wines of Greece | Wander & Wine

Last month at Pebble Beach Food & Wine, I had the privilege of attending a couple of really interesting wine seminars. The grand tastings and fancy dinners may get more attention and hype, but the educational seminars at PBFW are definitely worth checking out as well! The first seminar that I attended was ‘The Allure of Wines of Greece,’ led by a panel of several Greek wine aficionados. Wine and food at 10am? Why not!?

Brooks Dry Cider: A New Favorite!


 Brooks Dry Cider | Wander & Wine

I love finding new discoveries, especially when they are perfectly suited to the season. Springtime usually sees the reappearance of rosé (let’s be honest, rosé never goes out of season for me though!) and white wines to go with the sunshine and longer days. Even though those are great this time of year, sometimes you just need to switch it up. Since I’m not much of a beer drinker, I’m always on the hunt for great cider… So I’m glad I recently discovered a new cider out of San Francisco called Brooks Dry Cider, created by Brooks Bennett.

Highlights from Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2015


Highlights from Pebble Beach Food & Wine | Wander & Wine

Well, it was another fantastic weekend of Champagne and caviar dreams at Pebble Beach Food & Wine. Quite literally… bubbly and caviar were everywhere! This year marked the 8th edition of this over-the-top wine and food extravaganza, bringing over 300 of the world’s top wineries and 100 celebrity chefs together for one celebratory weekend. Just like last year, it did not disappoint!

The event kicked off on Thursday with an Opening Night Reception at The Inn at Spanish Bay, followed by wine seminars, cooking demos, beach bbqs and grand tastings. If you’re at all into delectable food, delicious wine and rubbing elbows with some of the industry’s most influential people, I’d highly encourage you to attend next year!

PBFW: Sneak Peek


Happy Friday! I’ve finally recovered from the full weekend of delectable food and wine I had at Pebble Beach only to jump right back into it at another wine event tonight. Really, I’m not complaining!

To help kick off the weekend, here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come in my PBFW recap next week! Hint: there will be talk of wine, somms, chefs, meat, oysters and foie gras. Cheers!

PBFW 2015 preview | Wander & Wine






Cultivar Wine Pairing


Cultivar Wine Pairing | Wander & Wine

Although it’s not quite summer, it sure feels like it down here in Southern California (the side effects of a winter with no rain, I guess). One thing I always try to take advantage of when the weather gets nice is eating outside whenever possible! Nick and I are big fans of throwing on some tunes, opening up a bottle of wine, and chilling on the deck while we grill something on the bbq. Okay, okay… while he grills up something. :)

Wine Collection of El Paseo


 Wine Collection of El Paseo - Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

It’s true that Santa Barbara is a bonafide wine destination… from wineries to wine bars to restaurants with killer wine lists, it would be a shame to be here and not like wine. Good thing you love wine, right?? For my most recent contribution to Club W’s The Juice blog, I wrote about Santa Barbara’s newest destination for wine, now officially known as the Wine Collection of El Paseo.

Best In The World


Portugal | Wander & Wine

When fellow blogger Bryan, of The Wandering Gourmand, asked me to participate in his ‘Best in the World’ series, I was excited to be part of such a select group of top travel, food, beer and wine bloggers! From the best meals to the best bars in the world, we were tasked with coming up with answers to the not so simple question, “What’s the best ____ in the world?” Now, of course there are a million and one places I haven’t been to, but when it comes to wine and food, I’ve done my fair share of feasting and imbibing, so I was excited to share my answers to the following two questions:

Levo Wines


Levo Wine's Ransom | Wander & Wine

I know I’ve said it before, but one of the best parts of being a wine writer and blogger is getting to meet new people in the industry (and of course tasting new wine, but that’s a given). I love hearing the stories of how each individual gets into wine and how they’ve made a career out of it, then tasting the wines they are truly passionate about. More often than not, they don’t grow up in a wine industry family but fall into it one way or another, then get hooked and “just go for it,” for lack of a better phrase. They’re making it work because it’s what they love, and it truly shows!

12 Questions with Richard Funk


Q&A with Saviah Cellars' winemaker, Richard Funk | Wander & Wine

Since starting my Q&A series in October, I’ve really enjoyed how different each winemaker’s answers have been despite receiving the same set of questions. Each answer is so personal and unique, and it’s fun to introduce you all to new and familiar faces in the wine industry, especially when their personalities really come out through their answers. This month, we’re heading back up to Walla Walla to feature Richard Funk, owner and winemaker of Saviah Cellars! I first met Rich at a winemaker dinner in 2013 when he was seated next to me. As it turns out, one of his assistant winemakers was a friend of mine! Small world.

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