Acme Fine Wines

Something to Celebrate... Looking for rare, new, small production and coveted wines?  Acme Fine Wines located in Saint Helena has been hooking up and connecting fine wine lovers and wineries through their memberships and shop to tantalize your senses for great experiences. Acme Fine Wines's proprietor, Karen Williams, began her passion in a tasting room [...]

By | November 28th, 2018|Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mondavi, Cochon & BBQ

Good Weekend in Napa... There are some weekends in Napa where you don’t want to be anywhere else in the world. A recent one had a bunch of kicks with a Robert Mondavi dinner being the definite highlight. Mondavi’s chef Jeff Mosher provided excellent courses that matched perfectly with Mondavi’s wines, my favorite from the [...]

By | October 7th, 2018|Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments

Chateau Ste Michelle

Choice Makes Tasting Fun... I love tasting rooms. Everything from the different architecture, the views of the estates, the convivial staff to the sipping and tasting. But if there’s one drawback, it’s the lack of diversity at most tasting rooms. It’s not the wineries fault, most only make a few varietals and one can’t expect them to showcase other [...]

By | June 3rd, 2018|David's Travels, Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Drinks flow at Caesars ... Some times when the Insider is on the road, it’s fun to get an outsider sommelier to do the NSI Quiz to get their perspective on the industry. Recently while in Las Vegas for Uncorked I got to sit down with Phil Park, the Director of Wine for all of Caesars restaurants, a big, demanding job, but one Park was [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Yountville Live Returns

Rain Didn't Dampen Yountville Live ... Had a soggy but fun time at Yountville Live’s 2018 edition. At the opening night reception under the main tent it poured as we lined up and kept raining for an hour or so while the crowd sampled the excellent cocktails and wines that were on offer for the guests. Gotta love [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Napa Eateries, Napa Stays, Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments

Vancouver Wine Festival & Victoria Beer Festival

 Great Views at Vancouver Wine Fest ...   My liver took a pounding but had a lot of fun.  Victoria’s 5th annual craft beer festival kicked off at the Victoria Public Market. Vancouver Island Brewery had a raspberry export stout that was delicious. Normally I try to avoid beers with fruit titles in them as they [...]

By | April 8th, 2018|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|0 Comments

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Great Food and Wine... Had some great food and drinks and viewed interesting exhibits as the Seattle Wine and Food Experience celebrated 10 years down at Pier 66 at Seattle’s Bell International Hall. Most of the wine sampling was concentrated on the ground floor with over 30 Washington State wineries and a dozen each or so [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|0 Comments

Napa Survives

Napa Welcomes You... The Insider is all about promoting Napa and Sonoma. In the wake of the wildfires, it’s imperative to let people know, even though the fires were devastating, most of Napa and Sonoma counties weren’t affected by the fires thanks to the awesome First Responders's actions. So the Insider set out to do a day tour of each area to [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Napa Wineries|0 Comments