A Classic Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre


Domaine Vacheron Sancerre | Wander & Wine

Lately I have been on a big France kick. Everyone seems to be going to France, talking about the wines they recently had in France, or speaking in French. Well, I don’t speak French and I have only spent one day in France, so apparently I am missing out. I guess it makes sense that I’ve found myself sipping a lot of French wine lately and living vicariously through them!

Oak and Wine with Basalt Cellars


Basalt Cellars | Wander & Wine

A lot of people ask me if oak aging really makes that much of a difference in wine. Well, if you’ve ever had a heavily oaked Chardonnay compared with an unoaked one, then you’ll know how much of a difference it can really make.

So why use oak? Aging wine in oak barrels allows the wine to change and become more complex. Some types of grapes can’t withstand oak, but many varietals do well with it, especially reds that are high in tannin. Oak aging allows the wine to improve in texture and complexity with time spent in the barrel.

Wine & Cheese Tasting Party


Wine & Cheese Tasting Party Tips | Wander & Wine

Even if you’re new to my blog, it’s probably pretty obvious that I am a fan of wine and cheese… I have been known to occasionally make a meal out of wine and a cheese plate (don’t judge), so it was only fitting that my bridesmaids threw me a wine & cheese tasting themed bridal shower. 11am lemonade and quiche? Nothing wrong with that, but a happy hour wine tasting party is definitely my style… they know me well!

Liquid Farm Rose is Summer’s Liquid


Liquid Farm Rose | Wander & Wine

Sunshine, water, bbqs, picnics, and fun… summer is indeed here! You know what that means… it’s officially rosé season. Although I tend to think you can drink rosé any time of year, there’s no denying that it’s way more enjoyable when the weather’s nice. So, to kick off the summer… ahem, rosé season, here’s a wine that I’m digging these days and think you will too: Liquid Farm Mourvèdre Rosé ($24).

Habit Wine: A Habit you won’t want to break


Jeff Fischer - Habit Wine | Wander & Wine

Outside of the wine world, Jeff Fischer is known for his longtime career as a voiceover actor, most famously known for playing his alter ego TV character in the series, ‘American Dad’ (see below). Over the last several years, though, Jeff has turned his passion for wine into a full blown second career. As the owner and winemaker of Habit Wine Company, based in Los Olivos, Jeff has managed to become quite a talented winemaker, producing sought after small-batch Santa Barbara County wines. Cartoon character and winemaker… not many people have both on their resume. Ha!

Jeff Fischer in American Dad

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






Theme by Blogmilk   Coded by Brandi Bernoskie