Materra Cunat Family Vineyards

Materra, translated as Mother Earth in Latin, is the lifelong dream of the Cunat family, the reward of many years of entrepreneurship. The Cunats, an American-Asian blended family, brought with them to the Napa Valley their love of farming, fine cuisine, wine, and art to found their family vineyards in 2007. *CLICK HERE TO READ*

The Real Napa Valley

Many wineries in the Napa Valley craft stunning examples of cabernet sauvignon because the grape flourishes in our Mediterranean microclimates and varied soil types. However, the Napa Valley is more than corporations and cabernet sauvignon. In my most recent contribution to Snooth, I debunk this myth and share with you why common Napa Valley stereotypes are… More The Real Napa Valley

Summer Sippers

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a break from writing. I have many articles pending publication, so I felt like it was a good time to experience a summer break again. When I taught college, I had summers off, three months off. That is probably the one key thing I miss about teaching, time… More Summer Sippers

Pride Mountain Vineyards

After traveling in a tour bus along curvy Spring Mountain Road, which changes to Saint Helena Road at the Napa and Sonoma County line and leads to the far-removed estate, I knew I had discovered a remarkable location for grape growing and winemaking. *CLICK HERE TO READ*

June Solstice Sippers!

I haven’t been reviewing as many standalone wines lately as I’ve been focusing more on experiences, especially winery experiences for American Winery Guide. I have TEN winery reviews in the queue for publication, so stay tuned for those to go live throughout 2016. At any rate, I recently enjoyed a couple of noteworthy samples that… More June Solstice Sippers!