History of Sparkling Wine

Sparkline wine, which is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide making it fizzy to the palate and nose, was actually invented by the British. They produced the first bottles. Interesting, huh? The English imported non-sparkling wine from…

Fun Wine Facts

There’s a wonderful Twitter based conversation called #SonomaChat. It’s great place where information is exchanged and lively wine discussions are had. The fun, interesting facts I’m listing below are all from their Twitter page.

2019 Wine Trends

Well, the new year has arrived. Happy New Year to all! So what trends will we see this year in the wine industry in 2019? Organic and biodynamic will continue to grow in popularity and scope. As we all continue to understand the impact of climate change, how humans contribute, and to seek changes in methodologies…

The Greatest Wine Scandal

Rudy Kurniawan, remember that name. In the early 2000’s, he committed one of the greatest wine frauds of our lifetime. No one was sure of his origin, but he seemed to suddenly appear with some of Las Angeles most noted wine collectors, buyers, and sellers. Known for his swept back hair and hearty laugh, Rudy seemed…

California Wine and History

Did you know that it is estimated that 90% of wine made in the U.S. is produced in California? Incredible! How did this incredible legacy and industry begin? The first recorded vineyard being planted was done so in 1683 by a Spanish Jesuit Missionary named Eusebio Francisco Kino. The first variety was name “Misionero”…

2017 Napa and Sonoma Fires Update

As I’m sure you all remember, 2017 was a devastating year for Napa valley and the Sonoma region due to wildfires. As I’ve mentioned, this is an area we love and have visited many times. If you’ll remember more than 40 people were killed and more than 5,000 homes…