21 Black-Owned Wineries with Vegan Wines

Hi all, it’s been a minute. Or 621,000 of them to be exact. We’re in a really interesting time right now in terms of COVID-19 and the wine industry, but that’s not what this post is about. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, I present the resource I was seeking but could not…

7 Things to Pack for a Weekend in Napa

If you’ve never been here, it can be hard to know just what to bring to make your weekend in wine country the best it can be! Northern California weather can be somewhat temperamental, and if you plan on wine tasting all day and staying up late your body may need a little extra support….

5 Things You Need to Know Before Wine Tasting in Napa

As someone who’s spent a fair amount of time out tasting (and working a tasting room) in Napa Valley, I can honestly say it’s not what you’d expect. Glitz and wine-filled glamour? Sure! But to make the most of it, it takes a little more preparation than just showing up day of ready to drink….

How I Ended Up in the Wine Industry

Originally published on Jancis Robinson. Some people study it, others are born into it, and some take windy, windy roads before they end up in it, but everyone in the wine industry is here for a reason. I myself did not grow up in a wine family. I was raised in Los Angeles, and the…

Top 4 Wineries with Views in Sonoma County

The more I see of Sonoma County the more I fall in love. Working for Bottle Barn I’ve had the privilege of exploring more than I ever had before, and both the wines I taste and people I meet are outstanding. More surprisingly however has been the breathtaking landscapes. Sonoma County itself is pretty vast,…

Am I a Bad Vegan for Drinking Wine?

When I first saw a bottle called the Vegan Vine, my heart stopped. Wasn’t all wine vegan? It’s just grapes, right? What animal products could there possibly be? After a little research, I realized that it wasn’t so much what was in the finished product but what was used to get it there that may…

Wine Clubs: To Join or Not to Join?

If you love wine, joining a wine club is probably one of the most tempting things to do in the world. Whether it’s with your favorite winery, online, or with a wine shop, there’s about a million ways to spend your entire paycheck on bottles and we’re here for it. However if you’re not in…

Harvest Take 3: A Valley Inflamare

A week ago, I was planning on writing about how harvest at Staglin was going. It was in the middle of the busiest week I’ve ever worked–13 to 16 hour days every day–and I had no idea when my next day off would be. We were cranking out tons of grapes and our tanks were…

The Kalindi Diaries

For my last week of this whirlwind Euro trip, I figured I could either visit a new city or take the week to relax and reset before returning to America. And after finding some great detox yoga retreats to choose from, the choice was easy. One week on an island getting fit, sipping juices and hanging…

Yarra Yarra Yes

Having made it to pretty much every wine region in South Australia, we knew if we were going to Melbourne we had to hit Yarra Valley as well. And trust me, we were not disappointed. Although we only had a few hours before heading to the Great Ocean Road, we packed in four tastings and…