2017 Summer BBQ & Barrel Tasting at Yao Family Wines

Hoopster Who Loves Wines ... To the Yao Family Wines Tasting Room we go where they were celebrating the dog days of summer with a barbeque that featured ribs, sausage, chicken and all the sides, along with your choice of Napa Crest Rose, Sauvignon Blanc or Red Blend. The tasting also featured the very first [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Clos Du Val Dinner

Perfect Night For A Wine Dinner... “A Dragon Lady?” laughed, Clos Du Val’s head winemaker Ted Henry as we walked through his vines, before sitting down for Clos Du Val’s fun, gorgeous night out supper at their new vineyard in Yountville.  “What are you talking about?”  The Insider read a piece recently in Forbes about Madame Bize-Leroy of Domaine-Leroy, [...]

By | August 20th, 2017|Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Rutherford Dust Society – Rutherford Chili Ball

Did You Say Chili ... Off to the Pestoni Estate Family Winery where it is hosting Rutherford Dust Society's the Return of the Original Rutherford Chili Ball - a fun, family friendly event that has firemen participating too. Wines by RDS members and local beers were available throughout the afternoon, complimented by a full BBQ [...]

By | August 12th, 2017|Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments

18th Annual Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting

A Fun Day ... The Insider was at the 18th Annual Mount Veeder Appellation Wine Tasting at the Hess Winery.  There was food, wines, music, silent auction and nice weather.    A bunch of good cabs from the wineries and some good blues from the Hummingbirdsz made for a fun Saturday afternoon.   It was [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Marcus Notaro

From Washington to Napa, California .... Down to the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars where we do the Insider quiz with head winemaker Marcus Notaro, who has been on the job for three years, since coming down from Washington State where he had been head winemaker with Col Solare – all without changing employers. Both wineries are co-owned by Ste. Michelle [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner

Meritage Resort Wine Cave Dinner ... “You got to be in shape if you’re going to be a food and wine writer.” A squawk of laughter from Napa’s Meritage Resort’s Marketing Director Andrew Bradley, catching my humor and irony, as I climbed the final steps to the reception  for their Paul Hobbs Winery dinner.  And [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|Napa Stays, Napa Wineries|0 Comments

Taste of Napa – Festival Napa Valley

Wine, Beer, Food, Music ... Had me some kicks at the Taste of Napa tasting this last Sat afternoon. Hot as hell. Hate wearing a hat, but donned a SF Giants ball cap to protect my bald spot. One of the joys of getting older, losing your hair. Ha Ha!!! There were some excellent wines [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Napa Eateries, Napa Wineries, Play in Napa|0 Comments