Category Archives: Wine

Taste Our Terroir Part 3: McGrail Vineyards

During my second and final day of Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir, sponsored by Visit Tri-Valley, I had the great honor of visiting McGrail Vineyards and experiencing From Vine to Glass: Through the Winemaker’s Eyes with winemaker Mark Clarin. What made … Continue reading

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Bolen Family Estates

On August 1, 2009, I was visiting Napa for the second time in my life. I was staying at a friend’s home and we were tasting lots of wines that afternoon. Among those wines on the table was a Merlot that … Continue reading

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Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir Part 2

Blending With Winemakers Studio When I last left everyone, I had departed Double Barrel Wine Bar and was on my way to Taste Our Terroir‘s next session, Blending With Winemakers Studio at Wente Vineyards. Thank you again to Visit Tri-Valley, … Continue reading

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Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir Part 1

I recently participated in Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir, courtesy of Visit Tri-Valley. I could not be more impressed by the quality of the sessions, the food, and the wines, as well as the hospitality provided to me by Visit Tri-Valley. … Continue reading

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2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference: My Thoughts

Santa Barbara County was my third Wine Bloggers’ Conference. I attended for the first time in 2011 in Virginia, just shortly after I created Traveling Wine Chick. My second conference was 2013 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia with … Continue reading

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Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir

At last year’s Wine Tourism Conference in Portland, Oregon, I connected with the director of Visit Tri-Valley in an elevator at the host hotel, of all places, and she invited me to visit the area. Many months later, I am honored to … Continue reading

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Les Marchands Santa Barbara

Upon completion of the 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, I wisely had decided to drive back to Santa Barbara to stay overnight before my departing flight the following morning. A friend was to have joined me for the conference, but ended … Continue reading

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2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference: Live Red Wine Blogging

In my previous post, I shared a bit about the live wine blogging experience. There’s also a part two every year, live red wine blogging. This year, I tasted 11 wines in an hour, almost 12, but I ran out of … Continue reading

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Wine Bloggers’ Conference: Live Wine Blogging of Whites and Rosés

This is my third conference (2011, 2013, and 2014) and my third time participating in live wine blogging (10+ wines tasted in a hour) and I’ve never actually blogged during it. I am one of those who believes that the … Continue reading

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#NZSAVVY with Villa Maria Estate

Unfortunately, I was unable to participate live in the Villa Maria Estate #NZSAVVY virtual tasting on Wednesday, June 18 due to a chiropractor’s appointment. Therefore, tonight, Friday, June 20, I decided to taste these wines. This is not the first … Continue reading

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