Wine for your weekend: Gift giving and getting

With many thanks to “The tech guy” and Cece, LICSW who gifted me this bottle of wine for my birthday! There are two ways that I gift wine…ok, if I’m being honest three. Way 1: Knowing the preferences of the gift recipient and having the appropriate time to research and/or having experienced a wine thatContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Gift giving and getting”

Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle

We spent my birthday last weekend at the beautiful Villa Bellezza winery tasting a wide selection of their current offerings, enjoying a meal on the piazza, and selecting a few wines to bring home for the wine rack. We currently have a pretty good collection of Villa Bellezza bottles on the rack. Our “nice wine”Continue reading “Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle”

Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti

Three summers ago, Josh and I went to a wine tasting dinner down a winding back alley in Rome. It was one of those magical evenings you happen into by accident, where complete strangers become friends, and you wonder how the whole world can still be whirring by outside while you’ve caught lightning in aContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti”

Wine for your weekend: The Architect

Ever gotten a good “theme” bottle of wine? My husband’s name is Josh, and when Josh Cellars began to get popular, he got at least 5 bottles from people for various birthdays and holidays. We happen to like Josh wine, so that’s a big win. When we got married, a friend put together a wineContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: The Architect”

Wine for your weekend: Christmas in “July” edition

This weekend, my friends will gather for our third annual Christmas in July celebration. For those of your keeping track, yes I know it’s August, and no I didn’t forget to publish this post a month ago. Instead, this year, our friends whose turn it is to host bought a house and had to packContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Christmas in “July” edition”

Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine

A few weeks ago when we visited Villa Bellezza, we picked up two bottles of wine for the specific purpose of serving them with a specific meal. The Cotes Du Pepin 2017, winner of double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, is a bright and acidic white wine with an undeniable burst of lemon onContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine”

Wine for your weekend: Can we talk about a wine cooler?

It seems like a year or two ago, La Croix, and a number of other start up sparkling water companies, became very popular. Now I remember La Croix being around when I was a kid, and I remember thinking it was really gross. But like many taste related things, sometime in my post college youngContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Can we talk about a wine cooler?”

Wine for your weekend – Two for one Rieslings

What wine do you serve when you’re picking something to please a crowd? Not everyone is a red wine drinker, so white seems to be a safer option. But among the red wine drinkers, white wines can come off as too sweet or syrupy. A classic chardonnay might be a good bet, but some peopleContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – Two for one Rieslings”

Wine for your weekend follow up – Riva 2018

A few weeks back I recommended the Villa Bellezza winery as a weekend escape. Part of the appeal was that their new vintages and offerings this season that we had yet to taste. We’ve sampled the full extent of the wineries offerings, so these new releases always catch our attention. Though we’re not huge whiteContinue reading “Wine for your weekend follow up – Riva 2018”

Wine for your weekend – Vale de Cavalos

In looking through the overall wine list, it’s heavy on domestic, Napa Valley, options. Nothing against California because I’ve obviously enjoyed plenty of its wine, but there are a lot of other places out there making wine, and lots of places that have been making wine much longer than they’ve been doing it in California.Continue reading “Wine for your weekend – Vale de Cavalos”