Grassi Ribolla Gialla at Cook in St. Helena

Posted on: February 25th, 2015 by
grassi ribolla gialla

Sometimes after all that Napa Cabernet, you crave refreshment. And not just beer. Enter the 2012 Grassi Ribolla Gialla. To call this Italian white wine grape obscure (and especially in Napa) would be an understatement. But a few producers are waving the flag for RG either in blends or all on its own. The Grassi [More]

Are There Questions About Wine You’re Afraid to Ask?

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by

In the spirit of bringing you Wine Without Worry, over on I have answered all the questions rolling around in your head you might be reticent to voice in mixed company. Speak up, I implore you! The queries below originate from enthusiastic, curious wine drinkers looking to learn the basics and beyond. And please [More]

Napa Valley: Outdoor Eating and Drinking in St. Helena

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by
azteca market and taqueria st helena

I’ve been in Napa for the past week attending the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers which was held at the lovely Meadowood Resort. Now I’m on my own, staying at the much less posh but very convenient El Bonita in St. Helena. It’s easy to walk to the heart of the town for eating and [More]

The Pleasure of Wine: A Lesson From Poet Billy Collins

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by
summers estate charbono

This morning I heard Poet Billy Collins give the Creative Keynote at The Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. Many things he had to say about wine and writing resonated deeply with me, but none more than this: “Obvious joys of wine get buried in the analysis.” So on that note, it [More]

The Best Cheap White Wine: 2013 Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier

Posted on: February 15th, 2015 by
cono sur bicicleta viognier

I traveled all the way to a ramen place in Richmond, British Columbia, to find–from Chile–one of the best cheap white wines I’ve ever had: the 2013 Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier. This is a grape that can produce very expensive, sublime wines in France from the tiny region of Condrieu. Viognier can also produce very oily, [More]

Dabble Does San Diego: Eat and Explore With Me

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by
progress south park san diego

What a thrill to be on assignment for Dabble Magazine in San Diego. I can’t believe I had never been before! And when it came time to leave I was ready to stay…FOREVER. And, yes, what they say about the weather is true. It was also a wonderful trip because of my new pal, Photographer Angela Auclair. [More]

Italian Wine Discoveries at VINO 2015

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by
Annette Lizotte

Recently returned from a whirlwind (whirlwine?) few days in snowy, cold, loveable New York City attending VINO 2015. (This was a sponsored media trip, BTW.) Let’s get straight to the cool wines that I discovered. Well, it wasn’t like I found the Ark of the Covenant, just that these wines were new to me. I [More]

Drunken Nights: The Wine

Posted on: February 7th, 2015 by
Breton Nuits d’Ivresse

Cabernet Franc suffers the fate of not being Cabernet Sauvignon. It doesn’t have the reputation, familiarity, nor the sheer numbers of bottles available compared to the more famous Cabernet. Wait, what? What is this staid romance about standing up for a grape?!? Let’s get to the part where we all have lampshades on our heads! Let me [More]