Tenth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Notes from the 10th Pebble Beach Food and Wine Fest... Thurs night was a total blast with great food snacks and awesome after party where the booze was flowing like water... Friday afternoon, a return to The Inn at Spanish Bay, where gorgeous fairways and greens line right up with the Pacific Ocean… so gorgeous, [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Tenth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

CIA Copia Center

History of Napa in 8 Glasses .... To the CIA’s Copia Lecture hall where one of their beverage instructors, Traci Dutton, leads a lecture on the history of Napa in eight glasses. In her opening remarks Dutton said that half of the world’s soils are present in the Napa/Sonoma valleys, which is why there is [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Napa Wineries|Comments Off on CIA Copia Center

Pebble Beach Festival

Extravaganza's Engaging Co-founder.... It was a kick to converse with David Bernahl, Monterey’s Restaurant 1833 owner and co-founder of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival which is coming up on its 10th anniversary next week.  David was bubbling over with the enthusiasm about food and wine that I try to bring to the Insider. [...]

By | April 16th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|1 Comment

ad hoc

Menu Changes Nightly… To ad hoc in Yountville we go where we sit down with Chef de Cuisine, Matt Alba, over a plate of their well-known, excellent fried chicken. Last night’s dinner? Spaghetti. ad hoc is unique in that we change the menu every night and that was our comfort food pick last night. Favorite [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Napa Eateries|Comments Off on ad hoc

Pebble Beach Sommelier

A Fine Wine Lounge .... With the 10th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival coming up next week, the Insider thought it’d be cool to check in with sommelier Jeffrey Birkemeier of the Stave Wine Cellar at the Inn of Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. Last night’s dinner? Nice rack of lamb [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Pebble Beach Sommelier

Kitchen Collective Urban Cooking Club

A Club With A Twist... To the Kitchen Collective Urban Cooking Club where we sit down in the Club’s stylish meeting room and chat with Adam Hart who is the Club’s member liaison. Last night’s dinner? Chile verde tacos and Korean short ribs. We got two full time chefs on staff and boy, do we [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Napa Eateries|Comments Off on Kitchen Collective Urban Cooking Club

Hyatt Vineyard Creek

A Concierge Who Knows .... To Santa Rosa’s Hyatt we go where Ryan Alton has been the concierge for the last five years. And he says with much amusement in his voice when asked, “He sends people to Napa and Sonoma equally.” Last night’s dinner? Our staff meal. Real comfort food. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Sonoma Stays|Comments Off on Hyatt Vineyard Creek

Andaz Napa

Native Son Returns .... To the Andaz Napa pet friendly hotel we go where we sit down with GM Jeffrey Miller who has been on the job for a month. Being a Fairfield native, Miller is more than happy to being home after hotel stints in Philadelphia, over 10 years in New York and a [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|Napa Stays|Comments Off on Andaz Napa

CIA Copia Center

Different Napa Wines .... Off we go to the lecture hall at the new CIA Copia Centre where wine instructor Jeff Prather gave a fun, entertaining and informative lecture on six wines that are not normally associated with Napa wines. Wine no 1: 2015 Trefethen Dry Riesling: – “Riesling is known as the noble grape. [...]

By | April 2nd, 2017|Napa Wineries|Comments Off on CIA Copia Center