Author Archives: Linda

Linda’s Pick: Domaine du Salvard Cheverny

Last week Chris and I were up in Vancouver celebrating a big birthday for him. (I won’t spill the beans on which one, you’ll have to ask him.) For our celebratory dinner we stopped by Blue Water Cafe for a … Continue reading


Linda’s May/June Picks: Russian River Reds Pinot & Five Vinters Zinfandel

Oops. May got a little busy. And I may or may not have posted a Linda’s pick. (I’ll save you the trouble of searching: I didn’t.) But I’m here to make up for it! We’ve been enjoying these two wines … Continue reading

Linda's Pick, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel

May Tasting Results: The Search for Mom Approved Whites

In honor of Mother’s Day, we set out on an ambitious quest to find some good white wines — “Mom approved” white wines, if you will. Ambitious you say? What’s so ambitious about finding a lick-lipping, decently-priced white wine? Aren’t … Continue reading

Blind Tastings, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, White Wine

A Toast for Moms: Discovering New White Wines

May means Mother’s Day (and Chris’ mom’s birthday) so we’re celebrating the month with a Mother Knows Best white wine tasting – delicious, crisp, refreshing, maybe even sweet white wines. We didn’t limit ourselves to a specific region like we … Continue reading

Blind Tastings, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, White Wine

$10 and Under, Take Two: 2010 Norton Malbec

A little while back, I failed miserably at trying to find two super cheap bottles of red. (You can read about that debacle here.) So, this time I heeded my own advice and did two things: 1) Went to Trader … Continue reading

Argentina, Linda's Pick, Malbec

Joseph Phelps: Sheeeep!!!

Driving into Joseph Phelps makes you feel like you’re entering some exotic New Zealand winery. (At least this is what I imagine a NZ winery to be like.) You’ve got the rolling green hills, the windy road through the vineyards … Continue reading

Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Pellegrini Family Vineyards: Wine not Water

The same day we swung by Martin Ray and stopped at Martinelli, we also paid a quick visit to Pellegrini Family Vineyards.  Since the barrel tasting event was over-running most of the wineries and Pellegrini wasn’t participating, we had high … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Spring Whites & Some Rainy Weather: The Verdict

So here I am, all excited to ring in spring with some nice, crisp, French whites and what does the weather do? It rains all week here in San Francisco. Sigh. I guess it’s just the April showers coming a … Continue reading

Blind Tastings, France

Hi-yo Wine! Rhone Rangers 2011

Over the weekend we stopped by the Rhone Rangers 14th Annual SF Wine Tasting event at Fort Mason. It’s a great event — 100 wineries showcasing 500+ wines bred from Rhone varietals. There was Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Carignan, Mourvedre, Roussanne.  … Continue reading

France, Red Wine, Rhone, Syrah, Wine Events

Martinelli Winery: Where Wine Flows like Cider

Every year, Sonoma hosts a big barrel tasting event for a weekend or two in March. You can taste wine right out of the barrel and potentially buy wine futures. Sounds interesting. Also sounds like something that draws a lot … Continue reading

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley, Zinfandel