Choosing Your Wine For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us once again.  For many of us that means it is time for the traditional Turkey Bowl football games, getting together with family and friends, and of course eating way too much.  Hopefully you have already stocked up on all of your delicious treats and drinks for tomorrow.  If you […]

Dining around Monterey Bay!

Recently Julia and I had an opportunity to get away for the weekend. The weekend getaway is huge for us. We go a million different directions during the busy week so a weekend away is golden. We chose Monterey to spend time away. We just can’t stay away from the relaxing sound of crashing […]

Long Lake Cooler

Five cubes from the auto ice maker. Four ounces of fruity wine. Three ounces lemon-line soda. Two minutes of prep-time. One refreshing wine cooler.

The Grocery Outlet is selling a perfect wine for this concoction. It’s a Sweet Red Table Wine from Napa’s Long Lake Vineyards. There’s a heavy dose of blackberries, raspberries and […]

Grocery Outlet’s 20% off wine sale

The Livermore Grocery Outlet is having their 20% off wine sale this coming week – Wednesday, March 30th – Sunday, April 3rd.  There are several amazing wines at great values currently in stock (see earlier blog regarding Grocery Outlet wines), BUT, have heard through the *grape*vine that Monday will bring some additional amazing wines at even more […]

Serafina Barbera

We just held another Bryersantis pizza-and-pairing night. Ken made about six different pies tonight, my favorite was the pepper and sausage. We reached outside Livermore to Drytown, CA to try the 2009 Serafina Barbera. I’m a fan of Barbera and I enjoyed this Sarafina. It was flavorful enough to enjoy alongside the pesto pizza but […]

New Show Idea

Tonight Julia came over for light-hearted dinner with Jenny and me where we all enjoyed a Longevity Syrah. During dinner, Julia introduced a new tv show to us. Hoarders. What was _that_ all about? The most gut-wrenching show on TV by far. Are you defending the dude with 60+ cars in his yard based on […]


Sometimes it’s good to take a step back from the tasting bar and put it all in perspective. As 2010 is coming to a close maybe its time to ask yourself a few uncomfortable questions. Am I volunteering for the clean-up committee at Christmas parties so I can finish off the open bottles? Did the […]

The Crucial Man: Wine Tasting

Take a look at this video from YouTube.  Click on the link below.  Gary Vaynerchuk teaches Jon the secret to being an expert: drinking everyday for an entire year. See what it takes to be a Crucial Man!

The Crucial Man: Wine Tasting

Wednesday Wine Deals In Livermore

I got this update from a friend and fellow wine lover. Check it out…

“Had a great Cab tonight at Zephyrs….It was McGrails 2007 reserve Cab. Was $55 a bottle but it was Wednesday half off wine night at Zephyrs so only $27.50 It was really good”

🙂 robin

The ’07 McGrail reserve cab […]