Wedding Day!

8/25/2015

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!

8/18/2015

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

8/12/2015

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)!

A Classic Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre

7/21/2015

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

7/16/2015

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

6/30/2015

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

6/21/2015

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

6/11/2015

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

5/26/2015

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

5/09/2015

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!?

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