Category: Itineraries

Martinez Wine & Chocolate Walk

As a wine label designer, I like to attend Bay Area wine events whenever I can. But I quickly realized my experience at Martinez’s 2016 Wine & Chocolate Walk was going to be more about the neighborhood than the wine. It started as soon as my husband and I parked on Main Street in front of a quaint clapboard house […]

Valentines Day Events: Wine is in the Air

Valentine’s Day pairs well with wine. Many wineries celebrate the day or the entire weekend with something special. I’ve picked five events, all of which are listed below. Choose one or let it whet your appetite for more research. Rosenblum Cellars Chocolate Dipping Oakland. On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, from 2 to […]

East Bay Tasting Itinerary With Absinthe

When my friend Suja came to the Bay Area on business, she asked if I would prepare “one of my blog adventures” for us to do on her free day. Well of course. Sticking close to her hotel, here is what we did and I heartily recommend it for an awesome afternoon in the East […]

Uptown Oakland for Craft Spirits

In pursuit of the memorable craft spirits that I sampled at the annual Craft Spirits Carnival in San Francisco, I booked a reservation last Saturday night at Duende in Uptown Oakland for a double date. Duende is interesting all-around, inside and out, but its claim to fame is their tapas. The four of us were […]

Lodi, Rainbows, and Wine

It was a perfect morning for finding a rainbow. Scattered rain with sun rays working their way through cumulus clouds. Sure enough, during our hour drive to Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend, we saw a full rainbow right in front of us. We would have driven right through it if that were technically possible. It was […]

Sweet Sonoma: Wine Tasting Math

My father grew up in Sonoma, but then moved East where he raised his own family. As a girl in Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia, I imagined my dad as a California boy, picking plums from trees and running in fields of wildflowers. When the California wine industry took off, my romanticism of the area intensified, […]

The First Wine Trail in the Country

Did you know that the first organized wine trail in America is in upstate New York? The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes Region makes the claim as the longest running wine trail in the country. But it’s not the easiest place to visit, especially for a Californian. Fortunately for me, my husband […]

A Day in Napa Itinerary

With over 500 wineries, there are countless itineraries you can come up with, but if you have limited time to plan and you want a sure path to a great day, here is one itinerary you can follow. My husband and I constructed it for our anniversary day in the Wine Country, and we loved […]

Bike Riding and Wine Tasting

Last Saturday, four of us rented bikes from Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals where a nice guy named Buck gave us a map and explained an easy ride we could take. We had a beginner cyclist with us, so the 12-mile “Oakville Loop” would be perfect. Besides, this is an area in which to […]

How to avoid traffic on the way to Napa

How do you avoid getting stuck in traffic on Highway 29 on your way to Napa or Sonoma on a weekend? First of all, here’s what not to do: do not wake up late, read the paper for three hours, and then decide over your second cup of coffee that you’d like to go wine […]

Mountain High and Mannequins

Yesterday, I and a few other parents were chaperones for a choir competition held in an incredibly beautiful spot: Angwin, CA, a town of approximately 3,000 people in Napa County. It’s high up on a hill with an Alpine-like setting, like a melding of Colorado and the Wine Country. The only problem is, there is […]

I’d Walk Two Miles for That

Oakland’s Saturday Stroll and Two Mile Wines Actually, I had only one block to walk, but I would have walked further for Oakland’s art galleries and the tasting at Two Mile Wines if I had to. As it was, I parked on 24th, close to Telegraph Avenue, where there was no meter or threatening sign, […]

Livermore or LiveMore?

Wine tasting in Livermore is a lively experience. It makes me think that Livermore should drop the “r” in the name and get the attention it deserves. I shared my recent wine tasting outing with Deborah (the wine expert at Johnston & Alves) and Carolyn, a physicist who previously spent over ten years at the […]

Three Perfect Hours in Berkeley

In the style of United Hemispheres’ “Three Perfect Days” series, I’d like to present “Three Perfect Hours,” because sometimes that is all we have. Yesterday, my husband and I spent the afternoon in Berkeley and had a different kind of experience there, one you probably wouldn’t expect, and one that turned out to be quite […]