Author Archives: Linda

New Orleans Sunday: Bacchanal

If you’re ever down in New Orleans, definitely make the time to stop by Bacchanal out in the Bywater. It’s no secret to locals or people that have googled before the trip, but it’s an amazing place nonetheless. The front … Continue reading

Wine Bar

WSET Level 2

Last Winter (for Valentine’s Day actually), Chris surprised me with the perfect present – a weekend course to gain WSET Level 2 certification. (We took a gamble and skipped Level 1 since we knew a fair bit about wine.) The … Continue reading


Hungarian Wine Counts & Austrian Adventures

You know how people like to go someplace warm during the holidays to avoid winter blues? Not this gal. Right before last Christmas, we packed up and headed east in search of all the Christmas markets we could find in … Continue reading

Austria, Hungary

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