I Got Out of

Duran Duran ... Remember when you were a teen in those glorious summer days where there was no school and like a cherry on the sundae, there were fantastic rock concerts and music festivals? While concert ticket prices have painfully gone through the roof, there is one benefit to being an old time, concert goer [...]

By | June 30th, 2023|David's Travels, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on I Got Out of

Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Geyserville

An Offer You Can’t Refuse… Tess Housholder Francis Ford Coppola made three of the greatest movies ever in the 1970’s with The Godfather, Godfather Part II and Apocalypse Now. That’s not opinion. That’s fact. Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet said, no matter how many times I’ve seen them, if I’m flipping around and come across the [...]

By | October 31st, 2022|Play in Sonoma, Sonoma Eateries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Geyserville

Aperture Cellars

Enthusiasm Pours Over the Glass ... Jesse Katz Enthusiasm. It’s such a magical word. One of the reasons I love writing about food and wine so much is its purveyors bring so much enthusiasm to the table. None more so than the proprietor and winemaker of Sonoma’s Aperture Cellars, Jesse Katz. Aperture Cellars will be [...]

By | March 23rd, 2022|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Aperture Cellars

Folio Fine Wine Partners & Brasswood Combine

For a Tasty Experience... Tom I’m always up for a good tasting. But if you combine it with good food then I’m definitely there. So when I got an invite from Tom Markakis, the hospitality manager, of the Folio Fine Wine Partners, I was excited with the “Heritage Tasting” which explores the current release wines [...]

By | February 28th, 2022|Napa Eateries, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Folio Fine Wine Partners & Brasswood Combine

Bricoleur Vineyards

Attracts Top Chefs ... You know you must be doing something right when your winery attracts top chefs in the U.S. And that’s what Bricoleur Vineyards has done in forging a new collaboration with chefs Charlie Palmer and Nate Appleman. “I’m excited to work with the team at Bricoleur Vineyards as Culinary Advisor,” said Palmer. [...]

By | January 31st, 2022|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Bricoleur Vineyards

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival 2021

Awesome Again... No doubt Covid was a real hard kick in the shins for the food and wine event industry. Most were cancelled outright in 2020 and if they tried to do anything in 2021 they were severely curtailed in terms of events and attendance. But as the cliché says, the strong survive, and I’m [...]

By | December 14th, 2021|David's Travels, Napa Wineries, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival 2021

Celebrate a Birthday

At A French Delight... Normally I don’t care much about celebrating my birthday. I like to celebrate every day, so what difference does my b-day make? I had planned to blow it out at Seattle’s Canlis restaurant for my big 6-0 last year, but Covid shut that plan down. Deep Cove Chalet So when this [...]

By | September 25th, 2021|David's Travels, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Celebrate a Birthday

J Vineyards & Winery

A Gal Who Loves Wine and Fun... The NSI quiz has always meant to be short, sweet, informative and fun. Why? Maybe it's me, but I've never understood the appeal of most food and wine sites, with their eye glazing recipes and tasting notes or their fab experience talking terroir in some grape field. Informative? [...]

By | January 26th, 2021|Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on J Vineyards & Winery

Shelton Spreads the Zin Gospel

Don’t Let Zin Steal Your Heart Away ... Many moons ago I attended my first San Diego Bay Food and Wine Classic and went to a Zinfandel tasting panel where I had the eye-opening experience of learning that not all Zins are fruit and alcohol bombs. Darn! That’s what I went there for!  Ha Ha.. [...]

By | November 22nd, 2019|David's Travels, Sonoma Wineries|Comments Off on Shelton Spreads the Zin Gospel