Welcome to my blog! I am a lover of food and wine, and especially the synergy between a great meal and a fantastic wine . I have loved wine for years but did not start collecting until my extraordinary husband built a wine cellar in our house four years ago. It also helped that I visit San Francisco for work very often and have two super cool aunts who live in Sonoma and are always up for some wine tasting.
Many of my vacations in the past few years have centered around visiting wineries across the country (and hopefully one day across the world) to learn more about how wine is made, how different regions affect how the various grapes develop and to taste how the resulting wines differ. I have included a section highlighting some of the wineries I have visited on my travels.
Quick facts about me related to wine:
Favorite Red Varietals: Syrah and Grenache, but it was Cabernet that make me fall in love with wine. I recently have become enamored with Malbec and the grapes used in Valpollicella (Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella).
Favorite White Varietals: Marsanne and Roussanne
Favorite Fancy Wine: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet
Favorite Value Wine: Pascual Tosa Malbec
Favorite Restaurants: A16 in San Francisco, Craft in NYC, Two Urban Licks in Atlanta
Favorite Wineries to Visit: Hall, Del Dotto, Saintsbury, Pierce Ranch, Justin
Wineries I REALLY Want to Visit: Austin Hope, Alta Colina, Etude, Cade, L’Aventure, Qupe, Novelty Hill
Wine Regions Outside US I Want to Visit: The Veneto, Tuscany, Burgundy, Mendoza
Wine Regions in US I Want to Visit: Washington State (either Walla Walla or Woodinville), Willamette Valley, Paso Robles (visited once but need to go again. so much there!)
Favorite Wine Town: Los Olivos
Favorite Wine Pairing Dishes: Scallops with Marsanne, Braised Short Ribs with Syrah
Favorite all time food to pair with wine: CHEESE! Oh and some charcuterie to go with the cheese.