Author Archives: Linda

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

Linda’s March Pick: How Low Can We Go?

The other day I was walking through Whole Foods and saw one of their wine promos advertising some bottle for $3.99. $3.99? That’s Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck cheap! I was skeptical (and my cart was full) so I passed … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, Linda's Pick

Honig Family Winery: Ask for Katie

Our second stop on that ridiculously beautiful Saturday in Napa was Honig Family Winery. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one — I had never heard of it, the winery was tucked away off the beaten path (could … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine

Luna Vineyards: Sangiolicious

On a recent 80 degree February Saturday (rough life, huh?), we decided to head up to Napa for some impromptu wine tasting. Our first stop was Luna Vineyards. Beautiful Tuscan style architecture and quiet tasting room. Ahh, that’s a great … Continue reading

Napa Valley, Red Wine, Sangiovese, Zinfandel

And the Pinot Noir Goes to…

We combined our low key Oscars night with our Pinot Noir tasting.  In between Timberlake claiming he was Banksy (BTW – Chris seriously loved that documentary.  It’s on Netflix streaming if you’re interested.) and Christian Bale’s plug for Dick Eklund, … Continue reading

Blind Tastings, Pinot Noir, Red Wine

Introducing: The Napa 400

For those of you that aren’t my mother, father or husband, this will come as news to you: I’ve never met a challenge I didn’t like. So when Chris and I moved to San Francisco and realized that Napa was … Continue reading

Napa Valley

Basics of the Tasting

So here’s how we’re going to do it. Once a month we’ll be tasting five different wines from one group, be it varietal, region, vineyard, etc. We’ll write up our thoughts on each – don’t worry, there won’t be any … Continue reading