Beyond Bubbles: Prosecco and the Land of Valdobiaddene
by Mary Beth Vierra | Nov 20, 2021 | Featured, Wine Education, Wine Regions, Food & WineWalking the covered porticoes and lively piazzas of Italy at aperitivo hour, you’ll witness the exuberant beauty of Italian Prosecco pulled from chilled ice buckets filling glass after glass at every bar and café. Nothing captures the Italian lifestyle like an...
Sweets for Your Sweet (or how to give wine & chocolate)
by Mary Beth Vierra | Feb 17, 2021 | Wine Education, Food & WineIsn’t it romantic – a box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, and a gorgeous bottle of dark red wine. The three iconic gifts of love should go together in a triumph of romance, right? They make a beautiful photo op, but two of these can end as a ‘train wreck’ on your...
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Crush Course Wine is at Gravenstein Grill.
2 weeks ago
It was a beautiful evening at the “Aromatic Whites & Rose’” walk-around tasting at the Gravenstein Grill — the first of their Summer Wine Series. I discovered some truly (truly) stellar wines and sipped new vintages of favorites, poured by their talented winemakers. Chris Sawyer knows how to throw an intimate party with all the best guests (and lovely atmosphere, delicious passed apps) to accompany the killer wines from our beautiful North Coast. I also sipped some of the most beautiful examples of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc I’ve ever enjoyed [have to call out Porter Creek Vineyards and Davis Family Vineyards (Chard) and Quivira Vineyards and Seawolf Wines (SB)]. And I think I actually teared up over the Davis Family 2013 “Gratitude”, Sara Lee’s Vineyard Lat-Harvest Viognier. Thank you Cooper Davis for sharing the story behind this nectar. Follow Chris and the Gravenstein Grill so you don’t miss the next event. So lovely. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
And it begins. Day 1 of 2.5 judging the 2023 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition. 117 reds ahead of me just today. Sip, judge, spit. Repeat. ... See MoreSee Less
Crush Course Wine is in California.
4 weeks ago
A beautiful wine! Smith Story Wine Cellars’ Smith Story Wine Cellars inaugural release of a white Rhône blend- Fleur Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, 2022. Its nose is orange blossom. Its gossamer light entry is a mineral beauty, then broadens into perfect palate weight carrying juicy green melon, citrus and a touch of sea salt. I literally swooned over it in the tasting room. Last night, enjoyed with mild Indian curry, then another glass just for sipping. The blend- 50% Picpoul 50% Bourboulenc - yes! It will be perfection with raw seafood, oysters, salads, light pastas, and warm days… and I also suggest omelettes and eggs! Think Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or a beautiful gift.I recommend wholeheartedly. Same for Allison and Eric - the phenomenal and coolest humans behind this craft winemaking venture. The first line of their mission statement captures why: “Smith Story Wines are made with respect for the land, kindness for the grower and, love from the winemaker.” This is their north star - care and support of the people in this industry - and they carry it forward with their daily actions and choices. Check out the FLEUR BLANC on their website. But if you’re in the northern Sonoma area, I recommend a detour and stop for a taste of their other temptations too: —their delicious, and also new, BRAVE carbonic Zinfandel(served chilled!) —the Cabernet Franc you’ve been dreaming of — and the 8th vintage release of a perennial Smith-Story favorite, their incredible Sauvignon Blanc. This vintage is stunning. Enjoy! Allison Smith Story Eric Story #sipsonoma #drycreekvalley #winelover #stayhealdsburg #sipwine #farmtobottle #craftwine #sonomawine #brightandbalanced #crushonwine #rhoneblend #whitewineblend #wineeducator ... See MoreSee Less