Archive for category: Wine Reviews

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 […]

Wine of the Week: Bressler 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

06 Feb
February 6, 2013

A More Special Than Usual #WineWednesday In our house, we usually follow the mantra that wine can make a special occasion, rather than holding great wines to consume on special occasions. Today was a mix of both, being that it’s my birthday and I was granted the freedom to pick any wine I desired from […]

Weekend Wine Roundup: A Sassy Blackbird Rosé and a Sultry James Cole Malbec

15 Jan
January 15, 2013

Napa Valley Wine Reviews and Ratings As the W.C. Fields saying goes, “I cook with wine and sometimes I even add it to the food.” Saturday afternoon was one of those occasions when the wine remained in my glass while I prepared a baked ziti with turkey sausage. I pulled two very different bottles from […]

Wine of the Week: Vineyard 7 & 8 2001 “7” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

08 Jan
January 8, 2013

Wine Review and Rating  On a fluke, I decided to stop by a local wine shop on my way home from work and was thrilled to find the one and only bottle of Vineyard 7 & 8 2001 “7” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This was the result of challenging the shop employee, whom I hadn’t […]

Celebrating Four-Legged Friends with Some of the Best Wines I Ever Drank

06 Jan
January 6, 2013

Wine Reviews and Ratings Some nights just call for an incredible roster of wine… Within the past couple of months, our closest friends, who happen to live just down the street, lost their two sweet dogs, “Wile E” (yellow) and Sullivan aka “Sully” (brown and white) to old age. When Sully passed yesterday, we collectively […]

Napa Valley Wine Reviews and Ratings

03 Jan
January 3, 2013

A Tale of Two Mountain Wines One of the many things that intrigue me about wine is how the geography and environmental conditions of grapes can influence its “personality” so greatly – even within the same region. Mountain-sourced wines are especially known for their structure and ageability due to the stress the vines endure during […]

Our Christmas Wine: Caymus 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

25 Dec
December 25, 2012

Napa Valley Wine Review With the 2012 holiday season winding down, we hope that you’ve enjoyed a month of memorable experiences with loved ones. We’re feeling especially thankful for all that we have. And, like us, we hope you’ve indulged in some unforgettable wines over the past few weeks. Tonight, we opted for Caymus 2009 […]

Wine Review: Joseph Phelps 2009 Insignia

19 Dec
December 19, 2012

My “End of the World” Wine Pick Listening to lighthearted chatter this week about the Mayan-predicted end of the world, slated for Friday, I got to thinking about the wine I’d most like to consume before that happens. Like many curious enthusiasts, and with budget and accessibility barriers brushed aside, my first choice would be […]

Weekend Roundup: Napa Wine Ratings and Reviews

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

Selections from Buehler Vineyards, Frank Family Vineyards, Grgich Hills and Heitz Cellar Holiday parties and group BYOB restaurant outings offer great excuses for tasting a variety of wines. (They also are the reason it’s taken me longer than usual to write.) I’m excited to share four wine ratings and reviews from some of Napa Valley’s […]