The drive from Napa to Calistoga is about 45 minutes in the winter months. The season matters. Summer, when all the tourists (5 million in 2015 alone) are here can be much longer. Today the rain is light. The fog threads through the mountains thick at Howell Mountain as I travel the winding road to Calistoga.
You know Valentine's Day is just around the corner, have you planned your special, romantic night together yet? Have you bought your sweetheart's pres...
I've engaged in three genres of laundry so far in my life. Well, I guess you could say four because when I was young our family had a maid who did my laundry. But since I was too young to drink then, I'm setting it aside in my quest to give an overview of the best wines to pair with laundry.
Alcohol -- to our disappointment -- isn't a health food. It has risks and many calories. It's also a wonderful, deeply cultural food that can be enjoyed without over excessive risk.
In the winemaking process, consistency and evolution are often at odds. Some wineries, especially the biggest ones, strive to provide a similar product to their customers with every vintage.
I have long been a fan of Robert Redford--since way before the Sundance Film Festival started. It began when I was a little girl of about 10 and the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid came to my town.
At one o'clock in the afternoon on a December day in Alghero, Sardinia, I was staving off jet lag in the most sensible way: eating tiny shrimp, mussels, razor clams, calamari and fried moray eel in La Boqueria, the city's fish market, while drinking a sparkling Vermentino di Sardegna called Akènta.
Since motherhood I have become quite the fan of a list. It helped to provide a daily routine and structure. If anything all those sleepless nights and years of breast feeding gives one time to think and to dream.
Wine is seen as something to figure out. Here's a secret: There is nothing to figure out. The more we make consumers afraid that they picked the wrong wine, the more we are doing a shitty job of selling wine overall.
Next time you're vacationing down at western Mexico's beach resort at Los Cabos consider a visit to the nearby town of Todos Santos.
The simple act of opening a bottle, savoring the first aroma, the first taste, is a pleasure I never tire of. When I see the word Oregon on a pinot noir bottle, even just the word Oregon, I feel warm inside.
My little mountain town of Park City, Utah, will be invaded, as it is every year at the end of January, by the People-In-Black, "PIBs" as they're affectionately referred to by the locals.
Back in the '70s a style of Italian restaurant emerged in NYC that set itself apart from the dated "red sauce" restaurants with checkered tablecloth...
I have never given much thought to angels, whether in my life or in my wine, but yesterday changed that.
There are over 300 acres of vineyard planted at Castello di Gabbiano mainly of the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Canaiolo persuasion. Even better, guests to the vineyard can stay at the castle overnight drinking the wine, touring the property and lounging the day away.
Wellness takes practice and commitment, every single day. It doesn't come in a bottle or a pill or test tube. True health requires a realization that moderation actually is the shiny and sexy alternative -- that the latest purification regimen is fleeting, a distraction that draws your attention away from the true elements of healthfulness.
Cheers to the following 12 resolutions, along with song and crystal pairing recommendations, as reminders to live each day in the New Year with purpose and determination.