Today something incredible happened. I still cannot believe it, but I won my first writing award. I have always loved writing. I am a much better writer than a public speaker. It is my communication method of choice. As a child, I kept a diary, under lock and key, of course, and as a young … Continue reading My First Writing Award!
A couple of years ago, I had a wine moment with Hudson-Chatham Winery’s Chelois. It remains today one of the most versatile and unforgettable food wines I have ever tasted, perfect for holiday meals and beyond. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
On Wednesday November 15, 2017, I helped facilitate the latest Twitter tasting with Villa Maria Estate, and I could not be more pleased with the selections that the winery sent to me to taste and review. Time and time again, Villa Maria fulfills at a price point that all wine lovers can enjoy. Thus, I … Continue reading Villa Maria Estate: The Beth’s Smart Sip Trifecta!
When people think of Maryland, they probably think of crab cakes. I know I did until my recent trip to Maryland for TasteCamp, an annual immersion weekend for those of us who write about or work with wine and other craft beverages. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
I realized today as I was preparing to write this post that I have not participated in a Villa Maria tasting since June 2016. Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls sometimes and that is why. However, I am thrilled to be back with my Villa Maria family and friends to co-host this … Continue reading It’s Villa Maria time!
Here it is November already. I don’t know about you, but it has been a heck of a year for me. In January, I lost my mom unexpectedly. When I returned home from traveling home for the the funeral, I became so ill that my doctor thought I had pneumonia. When she sent me for … Continue reading A TWC Update: 2017, wildfires, recognition, and #FirstSipOfFall
Earlier this year, I was asked by Snooth how I write tasting notes and I happily offered my opinion. After much anticipation, the post was published earlier this month. In response to my contribution, I received the following email, which made my day. As a very humble English sexagenarian cellaring for over 40 years, a … Continue reading Much Ado About Tasting Notes
A lifetime ago, when I was a community college professor who knew nothing about wine, I was contemplating a move to New York. I interviewed for a job at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. I stayed overnight there and thought it was such a great little city. I jumped at the opportunity … More Hudson-Chatham Winery in Troy, New York
I am sure that during my commutes around the city of Napa, I have passed the Ackerman Heritage House at 608 Randolph Street before, the hospitality and tasting home of Ackerman Family Vineyards. However, on this rainy February day, nothing was more inviting as my co-workers and I entered by way of a back door. … More Ackerman Family Vineyards
As my companion and I approached the address of The Red Hook Winery, which is located in a popular, growing warehouse district of Brooklyn, we had to pay close attention to the signage so as to not get lost. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
It has been a while since I published what I would call a Beth’s Smart Sip, a wine whose quality exceeds its price point, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to taste the 2016 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (SRP $12.95, sample provided by Nonni Strategic Marketing, LLC), and share my … More Beth’s Smart Sip: 2016 Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
When you think of Maryland, what comes to mind? Not having spent much time in Maryland until recently, I immediately thought of the Eastern Shore, crab cakes, and the Baltimore Orioles. It turns out that Maryland is much more than beaches, baseball, and seafood. It is a world-class winegrowing and winemaking region that dates back … More Taste Maryland!
Do you know the name David Parrish? If not, you should. This third generation viticulturist, vintner, and winemaker of Parrish Family Vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA of California is truly a Renaissance man of the wine industry. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
I was recently asked to contribute a movie or television wine moment to a recent Snooth article, Wine in the Movies and on TV, and being the hopeless romantic that I am, my immediate choice was French Kiss, a longtime favorite movie. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
Just in time for your 4th of July cookouts, I decided to taste the 2014 Antigual Uno Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $18.00, sample for review). For those of you who have followed this website for at least a year will recall that I reviewed the 2013 Antigal Uno Malbec, whose tasting experience transported me to my … More 4th of July Cookout Wine of the Moment: 2014 Antigal Uno Cabernet Sauvignon
Once upon a time, I sat down at my computer to publish another post when I realized, “Oh crap, #MWWC33 (Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #33) is due! I have no idea about what to write!” I finished my original post and while doing so, I realized I have something weighing on my mind and it’s something I’ve … More #MWWC33: Once Upon A Time
During the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California, I had the great pleasure of meeting Stephen Havill of Bella Grace Vineyards. During one of the conference lunches, he led me over to his table where he was pouring some of their wines. After tasting a few, I was immediately smitten and knew I had … More Bella Grace Vineyards, Sutter Creek
In 2013, Zoetic Wines‘ owner and winemaker Kim Vance guest posted here about following her passion of winemaking. Now, four years later, I taste one of Kim’s wines, the 2014 Zoetic Wines Grazioso Sauvignon Blanc, for my first tasting note contribution to Cellar Angels, where wine and charitable giving come together as one. *CLICK HERE TO … More 2014 Zoetic Wines Grazioso Sauvignon Blanc
Bob and Sandy Comstock, who have been vintners since 2002, recently decided to live the dream of owning a small, family winery. *CLICK HERE TO READ*
I am so fortunate to live in the Napa Valley, where there are hundreds of wineries to visit. However, I often have this feeling of wanderlust that I cannot seem to shake, which causes me to frequently seek out new winery destinations. Thus, when a friend suggested that I visit Boeger Winery with him in … More Boeger Winery