12 Questions with Winemaker Jeff Pisoni


12 Questions with winemaker Jeff Pisoni | Wander & Wine

Wow, is it really almost Thanksgiving? Yikes… Since the month is flying by, I’m excited to share the next participant in my ’12 Questions’ series before December is upon us. This month’s Q&A is with winemaker Jeff Pisoni, who makes wine from the grapes grown on his family’s well-respected Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards near Monterey. After earning a degree in Enology, Jeff worked at wineries such as Peter Michael and Bernadus before transitioning to make wine with his family full-time, including the Pisoni Estate, Lucia, and Luli labels.

Where to Eat and Drink in Walla Walla


Seven Hills Vineyard *Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in Walla Walla | Wander & Wine

If you haven’t yet visited Walla Walla, Washington, then you’re missing out! Walla Walla is a charming, unpretentious wine destination in the southeastern part of Washington, about 4 hours from Seattle and a stone’s throw from the Oregon border (the Walla Walla AVA actually spills over into Oregon). Although it may seem like a quaint and quiet town, there’s no mistaking that Walla Walla is a booming wine destination filled with great restaurants and awesome wineries producing award-winning wines.

Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Wine


Choosing Wine for your wedding #wedding #wine | Wander & Wine

Well before I was engaged or married, I wrote an article for a bridal blog with my tips for choosing wedding wine. Although my advice was fine, I underestimated the amount of work that goes into planning a wedding. Sure, it can be fun, but with all there is to think about (venue, money, guest list, seating charts, etc.), it’s mostly just stressful and overwhelming.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth it, but there are definitely some things you should have fun with rather than stress over… like choosing the booze! So, now that I have gone through the process myself, here are my (revised) top tips for choosing your wedding wine!

Postcards of Sydney


Sydney, Australia | Wander & Wine

I loooved Sydney, Australia. I haven’t been in many years, but this weekend I stumbled upon some old photos from a solo trip I took awhile back. It reminded me that I really need to go back one day. Sydney is a fantastic city… it’s clean, walkable, has beautiful scenery, gorgeous parks, amazing beaches and very friendly people.

Sydney, Australia | Wander & Wine

And did I mention the photo opps? The Sydney Opera House is, not surprisingly, the most photographed building in all of Australia and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. In 2007, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Blueberries & Wine at Cebada Winery


Cebada Winery | Wander & Wine

When you think of blueberries, you probably don’t think of wine. Shocking, I know. :) Well, at Cebada Winery, blueberries have everything to do with wine… and here’s why.

Horticulturist Sandra Newman is the owner of the Lompoc-area boutique farm, Forbidden Fruit Orchards, a working farm on a beautiful 100-acre property on the outskirts of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. When she first purchased the land back in 2002, the area’s cool coastal weather (it’s about 12 miles from the ocean) made her think this was a perfect place to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. However, because she put most of her money into buying the property (planting a vineyard takes a lot of dough), she put her idea aside.

Wenzlau Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills


Wenzlau Vineyards in Sta Rita Hills | Wander & Wine

Just before we left town for our wedding, Nick and I went to a local wine bar to do a tasting of some wines I’d been hearing about. Those wines were from Wenzlau Vineyards here in Santa Barbara County. After spending some time talking with the owners, Bill and Cindy Wenzlau, I knew I wanted to learn more about their story to feature in my wine column… not only because they’re cool people, but also because the wines are fantastic.

Sunset Savor the Central Coast


Sunset Savor the Central Coast | Wander & Wine

One of the best things about living in California is getting to explore regional food and wine. Finding the time to venture out, though, is the hard part… As much as I’d love to road trip around the state every other week visiting different regions (how fun would that be?), it’s just not feasible. That’s why I enjoy checking out regional food and wine festivals. They allow you to experience an abundance of local goodies in a short amount of time, and the opportunity to meet the locals behind it all!

Sunset Savor the Central Coast | Wander & Wine

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


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).

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