Thoughts on this Fifth Anniversary of Traveling Wine Chick

Yesterday, I participated in a Facebook dialogue about the relevance of wine blog awards. Someone commented, Wine blogging is still a thing? I replied yes with a quick why. But, more about that reply later. Wine blogging, or as I like to call it, wine writing, is one of the top three game changers of my life. When […]

Taste Our Terroir Part 3: McGrail Vineyards

McGrail Vineyards During my second and final day of Livermore Valley’s Taste Our Terroir, sponsored by Visit Tri-Valley, I had the great honor of visiting McGrail Vineyards and experiencing From Vine to Glass: Through the Winemaker’s Eyes with winemaker Mark Clarin. Time for class! What made this visit so special is that Mark is passionate about […]

Sunshine in a Glass: 2012 Passaggio New Generation Pinot Grigio

Many of you know that I am one of the early members of the the Passaggio Wines Passionistas Wine Club. I’ve also been a fan of the Passaggio Wines since around 2009 or 2010 when I discovered Passaggio via Twitter. Winemaker and owner Cynthia Cosco has been a friend of mine for just as long. She’s […]

This is NOT White Zinfandel: 2011 Passaggio Rose Colored Glasses Rosé

My friend Cynthia Cosco, winemaker at Passaggio Wines, has done it again. She’s taken a unique blend of grapes, used stainless steel fermentation, and created a wonderful and different Rosé. The blend is 82% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 18% Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but the 2011 Passaggio Rose Colored Glasses ($17) is NOT white Zinfandel. I […]