Valentine's Day in Wine Country

As I sit and listen to Frank Sinatra sing “Summer Wind” and sip on a Malbec, I am reminded of how February is one of my favorite months of the year.  I am a sucker for all that is romantic.  Hearts, flowers, everything colored red, pink and purple, sappy love songs, chocolate, and of […]

Livermore's Taste of Terroir Truly An Experience To Remember

Judges' Best Pairing Winner Collin Cranor of Nottingham Cellars

What a fantastic night.  The Taste of Terroir has got to be one of the best events in the Livermore Valley.  The Palm Event Center was the perfect place to make this event magical.  Rachel and I showed up at 6 and we could see […]

Road Trips and Flat Tires

Wrapping up a beautiful weekend spent with family at a once-in-a-lifetime type family reunion.  We stopped off at the quaint little town of Truckee, CA and made a stop for lunch at our favorite little haunt, Squeeze In.  Carl and I had recently discovered this gem last visit up to the Tahoe area about a […]


So, this past weekend, a year and a half’s work finally came to fruition.  My 20 year high school reunion was amazing!  You always want everyone to come, but sometimes realize that the perfect group showed up.  It started Friday night with a mixer at Sanctuary.  Saturday morning brought a very intimate brunch with […]

Garré Chardonnay

There is nothing I like better on a Friday afternoon than to be spontaneous – even better when a good friend is involved!  This past Friday, I was antsy and felt like my work day needed to be over a little early.  After a quick text to Rachel, my feeling was validated.  Right before noon, Rachel and I […]