Movie Preview – Somm: Into The Bottle

1/26/2016

Movie Preview - Somm: Into the Bottle #winemovie #somm2 | Wander & Wine

A couple of weekends ago, I was able to attend an advanced screening Somm: Into The Bottle, the follow up documentary to 2012′s popular Somm movie. Although the movie Sideways had an effect on the wine industry (sorry, Merlot), I think it’s safe to say that Jason Wise’s 2012 documentary, Somm, has been even more influential by introducing people to a different side of the wine world.

MacRostie Winery

1/18/2016

MacRostie Winery | Wander & Wine

Immediately following our spectacular visit to Williams Selyem over the holidays, my family and I headed five minutes up the road to MacRostie Winery, a beautiful winery located outside of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley. Specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, MacRostie Winery was started by longtime winemaker Steve MacRostie. A native Californian, Steve started making wine in the area in 1974 after studying enology at UC Davis, later establishing MacRostie Winery in 1987.

Williams Selyem Winery

1/12/2016

Williams Selyem Winery - Healdsburg | Wander & Wine

As you know from my last post, my family and I spent Christmas in the Russian River town of Guerneville enjoying some much needed family time and relaxation. Of course, one of the benefits of spending the holidays in wine country is having access to so many great wineries, so we had to take advantage.

Earlier in the year, I had tasted a few wines from Williams Selyem with their head winemaker, Jeff Mangahas. I enjoyed the wines so much that I knew I wanted to visit the winery on our trip. Our visit to Williams Selyem actually ended up being one of the highlights of our time in the Russian River!

What to do in Guerneville, Russian River Valley

1/06/2016

What to see and do in Guerneville, CA - Russian River | Wander & Wine

El Niño is definitely here in Southern California, as evident by all this crazy rain! Making up for lost time, I guess. It actually rained a little bit while we were in Sonoma Valley over Christmas, although not to this extent. Rain or shine, spending the holidays in wine country is really great! This year, my family rented a house in Guerneville, a colorful town located in the heart of the Russian River, where we enjoyed sipping wine in front of the fire, playing board games and, of course, exploring the area. Just wonderful!

Happy New Year!

1/03/2016

Happy New Year! 2015 Top 9 Instagram | Wander & Wine

Happy new year! Despite having already rung in the new year, I can’t help but take a moment to reflect back on what a wonderful year 2015 was. Nick and I have settled into life in Santa Barbara and it feels like home again, I’ve met so many talented people in the wine industry (some of whom are now close friends), and I got to attend even more fabulous wine and food events than the year before. 2015 also brought me several new writing opportunities outside of my SB Sentinel wine column, all of which I am grateful for and I can’t wait for more. Most importantly, though, I got to marry my best friend and celebrate with our favorite people, which will forever make 2015 a memorable year! In just a few weeks, Nick and I will be going on our honeymoon to Belize… I’m glad we waited because it’s the perfect way to kick off 2016!

Sparkling Wine & Disgorging Fun at Potek Winery

12/22/2015

Sparkling Wine & Disgorging Demo at Potek Winery, Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

It’s December, which means it’s bubbles season! With Christmas only a few days away and New Year’s Eve around the corner, I have no doubt that there will be some sort of sparkling wine (Cava, Prosecco, Champagne…) in your near future. So it’s especially fitting that I recently attended a sparkling wine tasting and disgorging demonstration at one of Santa Barbara’s newest wineries, Potek Winery. If you missed my post on Potek Winery, it’s an awesome new winery and tasting room in the newly developed wine/beer/food hub known as The Mill.

12 Questions with Winemaker Jeff Fischer

12/17/2015

12 Questions with Winemaker Jeff Fischer | Wander & Wine

I don’t know about you, but I really look forward to my ’12 Questions’ posts. These Q&As with cool and influential people in the wine industry are not only fun to read, but it’s amazing to see how each individual’s personality really comes through in their answers. This next participant in my 12 Questions With, winemaker Jeff Fischer, is no exception.

Celebrating the Holidays with Cultivar Wine

12/13/2015

Celebrating the Holidays with Cultivar Wine | Wander & Wine

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in less than 2 weeks… this month is flying by, right? To kick off the holiday season, Nick and I threw a little get together with some friends before the holiday madness takes over, and it was a blast. Instead of heading to Trader Joe’s to stock up on $6 bottles of ‘party wine,’ we decided to go all out and serve fancy cocktails and quality wine because it sounded more fun. From pomegranate sparkling spritzers to French 75′s (one of my favs) to bourbon cider and whiskey straight up, our guests definitely had lots of choices. One of the first things to go, though, was the Chardonnay and Cabernet we served from Napa’s Cultivar Wine!

Five & 1/4 – A New Place for Old Wine

12/02/2015

Five & 1/4 Wine Bar, Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

As you can probably tell from reading this blog, there’s a plethora of good wine being made in Santa Barbara County. As you can also tell from reading this blog, I enjoy wine from my backyard just as much as I enjoy wine from other regions and countries. When it comes to wine, it’s good to switch it up. Variety is the spice of life, right?

That’s the thinking that led Jeremy Bohrer and Sayward Rebhal, owners of the downtown Santa Barbara barware shop, Still… Elevate Your Ethanol, to partner with the owner of Pacific Crepes to open Five & ¼ (pronounced ‘five and a quarter’), a wine bar completely dedicated to Old World wines here in Santa Barbara.

12 Questions with Winemaker Jeff Pisoni

11/22/2015

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.

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