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…

An Extensive Guide to Clare Valley

I have to say Clare really grew on me. Hands down the smallest town I’ve ever lived in it definitely took some getting used to but now even thinking about leaving breaks my heart. I’m going to miss running and biking on the Riesling Trail, spending every day off in the Health Shop with the…

Trust Your Knots, Trust Yourself: Vintage Part III

We made it. It’s over. Well not really but Gerrit and I are peacing to Bali so basically. It’s funny how life works out. Last fall I applied to jobs in Australia for about two weeks and then changed my mind. My plan was to stay and take winemaking classes at the local college, but…