Archive for category: Living Napa Cabulous

Winery Spotlight: A Virtual Look at Hall Wines New Tasting Center

11 Dec
December 11, 2013

During my first visit to Napa Valley in early 2009, Hall was one of the most memorable wineries of the trip. My husband suggested it after reading several great reviews of the wine in Wine Spectator and I couldn’t really argue with that! Situated on Highway 29 just south of downtown St. Helena, Hall Wines […]

Holiday Wine Sale with Winestyr

23 Nov
November 23, 2013

I love wine and I love “flash” sales, so I am really excited to partner with the new, online craft wine distributor, Winestyr ( to give my readers an exclusive discount. Winestyr launched to help those who need a little more help selecting which wines to buy and they focus on smaller-production wineries. You can read […]

Celebrating One Year of Living Napa Cabulous

18 Nov
November 18, 2013

Happy Birthday to me! Well, to my blog, Living Napa Cabulous. While I had been tweeting about wine for years prior, I decided to launch the blog a year ago to expand my wine reviews and travel tips beyond 140 characters. I’ve learned and experienced a lot over the past year, many of these memories […]

10 Questions with Seasons 52 Master Sommelier George Miliotes

19 Oct
October 19, 2013

This past week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with George Miliotes, Master Sommelier and Director of Beverage for Seasons 52 – Darden’s fresh grill restaurant concept – at the new downtown Chicago location. As a frequent business traveler, I was first introduced to Seasons 52 in Orlando, Fla. and was immediately intrigued by […]

The Evolution of Wine Recommendations

25 Mar
March 25, 2013

I’ve mentioned that by day, I work in word-of-mouth and social media marketing at Zocalo Group in Chicago. We specialize in making our clients the most talked about,  recommended and chosen brands in their categories. The idea behind this ties closely to my interests with wine, knowing that scores tend to be the ultimate form […]

A Special Look at Buccella Wines’ 2010 Releases

10 Mar
March 10, 2013

Over the past year, Buccella has grown to become one of my favorite wine producers in Napa Valley. As a premium, small-production boutique winery, Buccella is largely known for its bold reds. Back in November, I wrote about my amazing experience drinking Buccella’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and noted that I’d love to be able to […]

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Round-Up

27 Feb
February 27, 2013

February 2013 “Best of the Best” Wines In my last post, I profiled our favorites among the 22 wineries we visited earlier this month. This wine tasting round-up was equally as challenging to create because there were 125 to consider! I was not able to take extensive notes on each glass, but I did a […]

Napa Valley Tasting Round-Up

20 Feb
February 20, 2013

February 2013 “Best of the Best” Wineries With our first Napa Valley visit of the year now in the books, I wanted to share a quick recap on just some of the incredible wine, food and experiences. We were thrilled to benefit from sunny, 70-degree temperatures, which are pretty unusual for wine country during this […]

Is Napa Valley Changing?

20 Feb
February 20, 2013

Observations from a Longtime Visitor (and Wine Club Member) Another Napa Valley trip has come and gone entirely too quickly. As we think about the inevitable return to the hustle and bustle of chilly Chicago, we are happily recalling all of the wonderful things we experienced this visit. Fortunately, we arrived during one of the unseasonable warm spells and were […]

10 Tips for a Healthy Napa Valley Vacation

07 Feb
February 7, 2013

A Dietitian Dishes on Ways to Avoid Wine Weight Gain Napa Valley vacations are typically characterized by a myriad of tastings by day and multiple-course dinners at Michelin Star-rated restaurants by night. (And, that’s absolutely how it should be!) However, by the time I enter day three of my trips, I start to feel that […]