We Olive and Wine Bar

Ever walk into a place and it just feels comfortable, kind of like Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving Day. I experienced that feeling this past weekend while visiting We Olive & Wine Bar. The store front is very welcoming with bright colors, beautiful décor and a clean feel. We came for the wine but experienced so much more by the end of the night.

The ambiance of We Olive had me from the get go. Inviting, yet lowkey with a relaxing feel to it. It wasn’t crazy busy or loud. This is a great place to drop into after work for a glass of wine or to make weekend plans with a small group of friends. Grab a table or sit at the bar, either way you’re likely to get sucked in by it’s charm. Continue reading “We Olive and Wine Bar”

Mingling with Mexican Wines

Had a great trip to Puerto Vallarta last weekend and made it a point to try some Mexican wines while there. Continuing to expand that palate of mine. It’s been a lot of fun to get out of my comfort zone…not always the best wines, but an enjoyable experience for sure.

I was pleasantly surprised at a couple of the wines I tried. When I think of Mexico, wine does not come to mind. When I got home, I even tried to see if my wine/liquor store in Utah carried any Mexican wines and unfortunately, they do not. I’ll keep searching.  Continue reading “Mingling with Mexican Wines”

Bring On The Barolo

One of my goals for this year is to expand my palate and try new wines. I know what I like…Napa Cabernets!! But, with over 1300 varietals out there in this big world of ours, I feel like I’m missing out and have a lot to learn. If there is one area I’d like to be a continuous learner in, it is within the world of wines!

Last week I attended a webinar on Barolo wines. I gained a lot of knowledge, although I know I’m just scratching the surface when it comes to this. Barolo is a northern Italian region of Piedmont. Known for being distinctive and described as one of Italy’s greatest wines.

Barolo is produced exclusively from the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo’s meaning is fog. A late ripening grape, harvesting early to middle of October. The vines need to be above fog level to ripen. Minimum 800+ feet although the best vineyards are between 1200-1500 feet. Minimum aging is 38 months with at least 18 months in wood. To be considered a Reserve, the minimum aging is 62 months. The wines are released in their 4th year or 6th year if it’s a Reserve. Continue reading “Bring On The Barolo”

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Like a little child waiting impatiently for Christmas Day to arrive, I have those same feelings and anticipation for our annual wine trip. Naturally there is always a highlight to the trip. This year that highlight was visiting Pride Mountain Vineyards for the first time.

Located on the top of Spring Mountain, it is a 20-30 minute drive from either the St. Helena area or the Santa Rosa area. The winding drive up there is beautiful in itself but the views once you get there are simply incredible. They grow grapes on both the Sonoma side and the Napa side and have production on both sides as well. Continue reading “Pride Mountain Vineyards”

Wine Story #1

Wine stories. We all have them. Some I can share and others I cannot (my girlfriends would kill me)! Some are funny and some I don’t laugh about. Some I’d like to forget ever happened and others are dear memories that I cherish and hold on to.

My love for wine started on my honeymoon back in 2005. We spent the first couple of days in San Francisco and then headed up to Napa. Love at first sight and then love at first taste. It was magical on so many levels. My husband and I decided at the end of that trip we would make Napa/Sonoma a semi annual trip. Well, that didn’t happen…we made it an annual trip. It’s a trip I look forward to every year. It never gets old. Every trip I learn something new, I try something new and I see something new.

A few years after getting married we were in Sonoma for our annual trip and stumbled upon Loxton Cellars. It was spring time so it wasn’t super busy. We walked up to the pouring area and started talking to the fellow behind the counter. Come to find out he was the owner and winemaker, Chris Loxton. So of course we asked about his story and how his winery came about. Other than the actual wine, the wine stories are my second most favorite thing about the Napa/Sonoma valley! Continue reading “Wine Story #1”