Category: Wine, design, and marketing

Bay Grape: Napa Comes to Oakland

I first met Stevie Stacionis, one of Bay Grape‘s owners, completely by serendipity. I was showing an out of town friend around Oakland. We started with brunch at Camino, one of my favorites, in the Grand Lake area.  Then we moved on to a quick walk around Lake Merritt, before deciding to wend our way to Rockridge. All […]

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 […]

Oakland Art Gallery with Raffle Offering

Since I previously wrote about Oakland’s First Fridays, I’d like to call attention to an art gallery in Oakland that is off the beaten path, yet still close by. Arte Verissima Gallery is top-notch. You won’t find any art here that makes you wonder what’s the matter with you. That’s not to say that the […]

Seavey Winery: A Hidden Gem In Napa

It was a friend’s request that prompted me to finally visit Seavey Winery. He was at a loss as to where to take a visiting friend on a first trip to Napa. So I offered to put together an itinerary for a great day of tasting in Napa. Along with a major commercial winery that […]

San Francisco’s Craft Spirits Carnival

I am a picky drinker and a frugal spender. As such, I’m the perfect candidate for San Francisco’s Annual Craft Spirits Carnival. Here’s my reasoning: there’s no way to know exactly what I like if I can’t taste it and I’m not going to buy a lot of spirits just to sample. This event allows […]

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 […]

Eating, Tasting, and Spitting at Fort Mason

  I’ve always loved San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. For one thing, its location can’t easily be topped. It sits on the edge of San Francisco Bay, with beautiful sweeping views over the water and the Golden Gate Bridge; fog permitting. Not only that, the complex itself is striking. Part of the National Park Service, […]

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 […]

My Graphic Design Heroes

Over the years, I’ve collected inspiring works by other graphic designers. It turns out that two designers are represented more often than any others in my files. My folders are full of their amazing work. By “files” and “folders,” I mean real folders and real files. I own a plethora of filing cabinets, including a […]

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 […]