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.
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 El Dorado County, California, I jumped at the chance.
Not long ago, I had lunch with Maggie Pramuk Mazotti, daughter of the co-founder of Robert Biale Vineyards. Being a recent transplant to Napa, I had heard of Biale, but really did not know their story. After our lunch, I returned to work and suggested we schedule a staff tasting there.
Three years ago, I reviewed the movie American Wine Story, a documentary that follows the story of Oregon’s Brooks family (Brooks Wines) as well as others in the United States who have decided to leave their secure careers to follow their passion for winemaking. Such is the story of former Texas natives and owners, Randy and Brooke Hester, who decided to take their own leap of faith to create Lightning Wines.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with VinVillageRadio about this website, in honor my fifth anniversary of Traveling Wine Chick, as well as to talk about my writing for other websites like American Winery Guide and Snooth, and the future of my writing. I would be honored if you would listen as I chat with VinVillage‘s Founder, Rob Barnett, who so graciously had me on his show again after my first interview two years ago. The interview is only 13 minutes and the time literally flew by as we were recording it. Thank you again to Rob for having me on the show again. And for those who have been wondering, I haven’t lost my Southern accent to California yet.
Materra, translated as Mother Earth in Latin, is the lifelong dream of the Cunat family, the reward of many years of entrepreneurship. The Cunats, an American-Asian blended family, brought with them to the Napa Valley their love of farming, fine cuisine, wine, and art to found their family vineyards in 2007.
After traveling in a tour bus along curvy Spring Mountain Road, which changes to Saint Helena Road at the Napa and Sonoma County line and leads to the far-removed estate, I knew I had discovered a remarkable location for grape growing and winemaking.