KAY'S WINE BLOG
Ostrich with curious demeanor wanting to be fed.
Three Non-Wine Things To Do In Santa Barbara Wine Country
Let's say you have two days in Santa Barbara Wine Country. On the first day, wine tasting is an absolute. On the second day, go wine tasting again. There are more than 120 wineries in the area, so you will have barely scratched the surface. If you are staying for more than two days, you might start wondering about what's under the surface. Here are some ideas for how to enjoy the non-wine delights that Santa Barbara Wine Country offers.... Feed an Ostrich. An Ostrich can run as fast as 45 miles per hour, be as tall as 9 feet, weigh as much as 350 pounds, and can kill a lion with one kick. So ... Continue reading...
guests are overjoyed to be in a Mercedes convertible tour
Grapeline Adds a Wine Tour that is a One-in-10-million Experience
If something can be called one-in-a-million, then it is still 10 times more common than Grapeline's brand new Mercedes Panoramic touring van. The new vehicle is a first-of-its-kind hardtop convertible that seats 19. In the U.S., which has almost 300 million registered vehicles, there are only 30 of the Panoramics, making it literally a one-in-10-million sight.    On April 27, 2019, the new Panoramic made its inaugural voyage with customers on board, taking guests on a wine tour featuring the Big Red Festival in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Among the 18 guests were Grapeline co-founders John ... Continue reading...
Moms wine tasting on a Grapeline Wine Tour
Mother's Day in Napa Valley Wine Country
Still haven't nailed down Mother's Day plans? A day in Napa Valley wine country always scores an easy A from the woman who taught you all you needed to know about caring for others.  From classic sit-down brunches, to a vigorous work-up-a-sweat hike, Napa Valley serves up diverse maternal indulgences. For a traditional brunch with the whole brood, try out the newest Napa food and wine venue, The Village at Vista Collina Resort. Executive Chef Vincent Lesage’s extensive menu includes made-to-order omelets, assorted seafood, prime rib, farmers' market fruits and vegetables, and decadent ... Continue reading...
Callaway Winery & Vineyards featured wines in Temecula Valley Wine Country
Moments That Matter in Wine Country
That instant when you first saw the man who would become the love of your life.  The exact time when your baby was born, and you first cradled her in your arms.  Your life is marked by significant moments that change your course and become indelible memories. Like people, wine countries have a life cycle.  And just as in our lives, there are significant events that can make a really big difference.  For three of California’s wine regions, a single event catapulted each from obscurity to fame.    For Temecula Valley Wine Country, the date was July 9, 1976.  On that day, at a luncheon at the ... Continue reading...
A girl looks away and smiles after tasting Wilson Creeks champagne
How Those Bubbles Get in Your Bubbly
A few years ago (OK, more than a few), when I was just North of legal drinking age, I attended a wedding where the only beverage served was rosé Champagne. I thought it was the fanciest thing in the world and drank way more than my fair share, something I regretted mildly the next day until my Advil kicked in.  Those intoxicating little bubbles were irresistible. How exactly do bubbles end up in some wine but not in all? Is it like soda, where the carbonation is forcibly added to the liquid?  Surely not. Wine snobs would never stand for something so crass. As it turns out, the soda pop method ... Continue reading...
Gary Eberle in his vineyards holding a glass of red wine in Paso Robles
Paso Robles Wine Country Pioneer Gary Eberle
Gary Eberle is a friendly guy who likes to sit on his front porch with his two black poodles by his side and a glass of Cabernet in his hand. That’s who he was when I met him last month during the Vintage Paso Festival.   Gary Eberle is also perhaps the most well-known trailblazer in Paso Robles wine country. He is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of Paso‘s burgeoning wine industry, and his resume is filled with firsts and surprising accolades.  Gary's path to the front porch of one of Paso Robles' most iconic wineries is anything but typical.  Along the way, he sacked future ... Continue reading...
A satellite view map with six colored highlights of six Santa Barbara region American Viticulture Areas.
Hang Time, Santa Barbara Style
March Madness has begun. Water cooler conversations center on Cinderella stories, acrobatic alley-oops, downtown treys, and gravity-defying hang time. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara wine region has no hometown favorite to cheer, but does have a different kind of hang time to celebrate. Compared to other wine regions, the growing season here is longer, meaning that fruit has a considerably longer “hang time” on the vine.  An East-to-West oriented coastal valley, which is unique among California wine regions, allows a deep inland flow of cool, moist ocean air.  The lengthened ripening pattern and ... Continue reading...
Relief of wine being brought to the Emperor by Armenian ambassadors
Great Moments in the History of Wine
On a recent trip to Napa, I tasted a Cain Five Cabernet, and for me it was a sublime moment.  Here are some other moments in wine history that are of note:     8000 BC -- The earliest known wine production occurred in Colchis, now known as Georgia.  No, not the Georgia next to Alabama.  The Georgia next to Azerbaijan.   4000 BC -- Discovered in Armenia, the ruins of the oldest winery are believed to date back to 4000 BC, and some historians believe they may date back to 7000 BC.   20 to 30 AD   -- Jesus turns water into wine while attending the Wedding at Cana.  The miracle is known as the ... Continue reading...
Auctioneer offering unique small batch productions of exclusive wines in Napa Valley
One night, $3.7 Million of Wine
Last Saturday afternoon, February 23, a few hundred people visited the top floor of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa County.  A few hours later they left, but not until they had purchased some Napa wine.  $3.7 million worth of Napa wine.   "Premiere Napa Valley" is the annual auction of one-of-a-kind Napa wine selections in lots as small as 60 bottles and no larger than 240.  This year's auction featured 187 lots, mostly from the 2017 vintage, the year of the North Bay Fires.  The October fires wreaked havoc on the Valley and some surmised that the 2017 wines would be ... Continue reading...
View of a stripper pole in a bedazzled party limo
Boarding Now! ...the Party Bus to Nowhere
It's big. It's loud. It has a stripper pole. And it's coming to a winery. It's probably not coming to the winery your friends told you about... the one that has the award-winning wines, spectacular ambiance, and engaging hospitality staff. Nope, it's not coming there, because it's banned. Um, this is a capitalist society, and business owners want customers, right? What winery would say "no" to fun people - people with wallets - who want to sample their wares? Most of them, and more every day. Take a look at this example from one winery's website: "...we take a very aggressive position towards ... Continue reading...