Tell Me A Love Story

Love at first sight. You could call it that. The rolling green hills, the vines dancing in the breeze, showing just how exquisite they can be. Early morning fog pillowing the mountain tops with an inviting crispness in the air. By lunch time, clear blue skies and sunshine warming my soul, or maybe that’s the wine talking. Napa Valley, where my love of wine started, thirteen years ago.

I was naïve then, knowing very little about wine. But it didn’t take long for Napa Valley to seduce me. Showing off its beautiful hillside vineyards, endless wine and adoring restaurants and cafés. Staying in a bed and breakfast right downtown was also a delight. Waking up to a warm, homemade breakfast in bed was welcomed each day. The evening wine tastings in the lobby were also fun, getting to know other guests from around the world! Continue reading “Tell Me A Love Story”

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”

Blogging Blindly

I think it’s safe to say I’m not very good at this, blogging that is. I’m an amateur…a wanna-be and I might be better at it if I didn’t write with a glass of wine in hand. Wait–I take that back, I wrote some of my best college papers with a glass of wine, just one. If I had two that’ s when I got a little sloppy. I’ve enjoyed writing since I can remember. In Junior High I wanted to be in Honors English, with a specific teacher because she was known to make her students write a lot. I really should have gone into Journalism. I’m sure I would have enjoyed that. Well, blogging it is!

About a year ago I started this blog. I didn’t do a whole lot with it, I tried here and there to do a few posts. Unfortunately, I’ve always allowed fear to interfere with my progression in this realm. Afraid maybe I wasn’t doing it right, didn’t have enough experience, thinking perhaps no one would like it. So, I started to let excuses get in the way. Last summer we moved from Arizona back to Utah, where we are originally from. I told myself moving is hectic (which it is) you don’t have time for Insta or blogging. So I stopped. I wasn’t getting much traction or followers. I gave up in a way. I let my insecurities sneak back into my creative outlet I loved so much. Continue reading “Blogging Blindly”

A. Rafanelli Wine

My husband and I spent the majority of our honeymoon in Napa Valley, almost 11 years ago. That is when my love for wine really started. It’s also when I fell madly in love with that area of California. We’ve been back every year since then. It never gets old. As much as I love Napa, especially any winery on Silverado Trail, I enjoy getting off the beaten path and finding some hidden gems. A. Rafanelli falls into that category.

A. Rafanelli is a family owned winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Healdsburg, CA, which is about 55 miles northwest of Napa. It will take you just over an hour to drive there from Napa. Definitely worth it if you haven’t experienced this part of the valley. Continue reading “A. Rafanelli Wine”