Mills College in Oakland, CA is the host site for the first annual Oakland Wine Festival, scheduled for July 18th.  Celebrated wine and food writer, and Mills College alum, Melody Fuller, is the founder of this fantastic event.  The festival will bring together some of the top wineries throughout Napa, Sonoma, the East Bay and... Continue Reading →

Mother's Day brought about a happy occasion this year, in which the family got to partake in a wonderfully delectable Mother's Day Brunch sponsored by Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Walnut Creek.  I could go on and on about how much we all ate, but that would take forever.  I will, however, tell you all about... Continue Reading →

I received an email from Cost Plus World Market with great deals and promotions on their Rose' wines.  All year round I am a bubbly girl for sure.  In the colder months, my favorite everyday wine is Pinot Noir.  During the warmer months, Rose' it is.  So, once I received this notification, off to Cost... Continue Reading →

During one of my many last minute grocery store runs to Nugget Market, they were hosting one of their daily cheese tastings.  I stopped by to sample what was available.  I heard the hostess explaining what it was, but I really wasn't listening.  I just popped the cheese in my mouth and was pleasantly surprised... Continue Reading →

Since the spring season is among us, I decided that I wanted to do a tasting of some varietals I am looking forward to sipping during the warm months.  I chose to start with Sauvignon Blanc.  I selected three wines, each from the vintage 2013, and all from different California wine regions.  I asked my... Continue Reading →

If you are looking to understand what is meant by an "elegant" wine, then the JCB #76 Chardonnay is what you are looking for.  Aged for 10 months in French oak and new oak barrels, this wine packs a smooth fruit-forward punch with lots of spice on the finish.  I expected a hefty price tag... Continue Reading →

Although my site is mainly dedicated to great wines for $20 or less, I have to talk about any great wine I come across, even if it supersedes my "No more than $20 for everyday wine" motto.  I will have to start a new category.  Maybe I will call it "Good Stuff That Doesn't Fall... Continue Reading →

Belle de Vin…

Hi All!! Please be sure to check out the Facebook page of my new company, Belle de Vin, which offers customized itineraries for your Wine Country excursions to Napa, Sonoma, Livermore or Lodi.  As an Independent Wine Ambassador with Boisset Wine Living at Home, I can also bring wine country to you through private guided... Continue Reading →

Wine Tasting: Tasting Room Etiquette or Customer Service?

I am always seeing articles about the tasting room etiquette that customers should have when they visit tasting rooms.  That is perfectly understandable, but what about the customer service that staff should have when customers visit the tasting room?  Growing up in the South, I am all about hospitality.  Especially when you work directly in... Continue Reading →

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