Paso Robles Day Two

By Catherine | On Jul 13, 2014 | No Comments

We were off to Vina Robles bright and early for a 10:00 a.m. seated seminar focused on Paso Robles AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas).  Paso is the largest non-county AVA in California and is in the process of applying for 11 sub-AVA’s. Among the wines tasted was Ancient Peaks Winery’s 2011 Oyster Ridge Bordeaux blend, named for the 13 million year…

Paso Robles Day One

By Catherine | On Jul 11, 2014 | No Comments

The 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference kicked off July 9 with a pre-conference excursion to Paso Robles, an area I have never had the opportunity to visit. The rolling countryside is absolutely beautiful, planted with vineyards and other crops. Our first stop was a seated seminar hosted by Niner Wine Estates and included Castoro Cellars, Hug Cellars, Giornata Wines, Eberle Winery,…

Certified Specialist of Wine

By Catherine | On May 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Francine Lubera of Baltimore, Maryland, recently earned her title of Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), an internationally recognized certification denoting a high level of wine knowledge and expertise. The Society of Wine Educators, a non-profit organization, founded in 1977, authorizes the certification, publishes the materials, and administrates the testing. Francine had been interested in wine for years and became the…

How and Why We Taste Wine Differently

By Catherine | On Apr 30, 2014 | No Comments

People have different perceptions upon tasting a particular wine. What I love, you may not care for. What I find too sweet, you may find just right. What seems too tannic to me is perfect for you. Most people are aware that our tongue and palate are able to identify the five primary categories of taste, which are sweet, sour,…

2014 Charleston Wine and Food Festival

By Catherine | On Mar 22, 2014 | No Comments

Charleston was buzzing with activity as the 2014 Wine and Food Festival took place.  One of the events I attended was billed as Passport to Pairings, held at the Thomas Bennett House, and sponsored by an innovative company, Rewined, that repurposes used wine bottles into wonderful candles.  Each guest received a candle and mine is Carmenère-scented, one of my favorite…

Wine Ratings – What do they Mean?

By Catherine | On Jan 29, 2014 | No Comments

As you stand in front of the shelves at your local grocery store or wine shop, you can’t help but notice the shelf tags with ratings for certain bottles.  What do they mean?  Should you pay attention or not?  Although based on a 100 point scale, popularized by Robert Parker‘s Wine Advocate newsletter decades ago, it is really a 50…

Champagne 2013

By Catherine | On Dec 21, 2013 | No Comments

Life has been busy with the holidays and all.  I think we have all been a little out of sync with Thanksgiving being so late.  The annual Grower Producer Champagne seminar was held in November, hosted by Harry Root of Grassroots Wines and facilitated by Marie Sauer of Sauer Grapes.  The wines presented were another “killer” line up.  It is…

Fall Feasting

By Catherine | On Nov 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

For the first couple of weeks after the trip to Italy, I tried to behave myself, conserving calories and dollars.  However, that can last just so long!  My daughter, Hilary, visited me in Charleston the last weekend of October and we had great fun, as always, eating and drinking our way around town.  Among the highlights were lunch at 39…

Arrivaderci, Roma

By Catherine | On Oct 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

The last day in Rome dawned bright, but soon gave way to rain.  I wasn’t about to let the rain stop me, so with umbrella in hand, I set out in the direction of the Trevi Fountain.  The rain got heavier and navigating the narrow streets full of people with umbrellas was hazardous.  I forged on, turning down an even…

Rome!

By Catherine | On Oct 2, 2013 | No Comments

Our departure from Gubbio was not without problems.  It was raining (first time during the trip), but more importantly, there was a local run that morning and the tiny streets were blocked off while the runners got started.  I believe I mentioned the bicycle race that interfered with our day in Florence – what are the chances of encountering two…


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