Opus One

Opus One staircase to cellars

Opus One

Opus One Entrance, Napa Valley

Opus One

Standing in Opus One’s curved cellar

Leonetti & Figgins Winery: Walla Walla, Washington

Winemaker Chris Figgins, Leonetti & Figgins Winery, Walla Walla, Washington

Fidelitas

The tasting room, Fidelitas, Red Mountain.

Fidelitas

Winemaker Charlie Hoppes of Fidelitas Winery, at Fidelitas tasting room in Red Mountain AVA, Washington.

Benovia

More Pinot Noir Grapes by clonal type.

Benovia

Pinot Noir Grapes by clonal type, from Benovia Winery, Russian River, Sonoma, California.

Grapes in Sonoma, California

Grapes with some noble rot beginning (botrytis).

Grapes in Sonoma, California

Sunburned grapes in Sonoma, California.

Lynmar Estate, Russian River – Sonoma, California

The cheese and charcuterie plate at Lynmar Estate Winery.

Lynmar Estate, Russian River – Sonoma, California

Our host, Michael, telling us about the Lynmar wines.

Lynmar Estate, Russian River – Sonoma, California

The gorgeous flower and herb garden off the patio at Lynmar Estate Winery.

Lynmar Estate, Russian River – Sonoma, California

The vineyards of Lynmar Estate Winery.

Lynmar Estate, Russian River – Sonoma, California

The caves at Lynmar Estate Winery where we enjoyed barrel tastings.

Atlas Peak

The caves at Antica

Atlas Peak

Visiting Antica with friend Laura

Atlas Peak

The tasting and nibbles at Antica

Atlas Peak

Views from Atlas Peak: Antica Winery – Napa Valley

Vineyards at Chappellet Winery, Napa Valley

Wines tasted at Chappellet Winery

ASA Class

Wines enjoyed one late night after class, American Sommelier Association, New York City.

Mezcal

I don’t drink spirits often, but this is a really good Mezcal!

Wine at Balzac

Really good wine enjoyed at Balthazar, New York City.

Young Grapes

Spring time in Napa Valley

Volker Eisele – Napa Valley, CA

The vineyards at Volker Eisele Family Estate Winery

Volker Eisele – Napa Valley, CA

The old barn, converted into a lovely tasting room at Volker Eisele Family Estate Winery

Vineyards at Chappellet Winery, Napa Valley

Vineyards at Chappellet Winery, Napa Valley

Sonoma Coast

Vines & Ocean near the Sonoma Coast, California

Sonoma Coast

Vines & Ocean near the Sonoma Coast, California

Boston Harbor Distillery

A beautiful distillery owned by friends who rehabbed the building. Check it out if you’re in Boston!

New York City

This is the building I lived in while studying wine in New York City

Vines in the Veraison Stage

The grapes are getting sweet, ripening and turning color

Vines in Amador County, California

Vines in Amador County, California

Spring Mountain Winery – Napa Valley

Vista at Spring Mountain Winery

Spring Mountain Winery – Napa Valley

Vista at Spring Mountain Winery

Crossing from Eastern Washington into Western Washington via Snoqualmie Pass

This is where the landscape goes from desert to lush Evergreen trees

The Landscape in Eastern Washington

This is  where most grapes from WA are grown

Me and Lise Chat Ste Michelle

A concert, with wine of course, at Chat. Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Washington  

Vindicated Event: Le Meridian Hotel – Atlanta, Georgia

Course: How To Wine Taste Like The Pro’s! (June 15, 2016)

Wines from Vindicated Event: Bellevue, Washington

Course: How To Wine Taste Like The Pro’s! (June 9, 2016)

Vindicated Date Night Event: Valley Country Club – Aurora, Colorado

Course: Old World/New World Wines (May 5, 2016)

Vindicated Event: San Jose, California

Course: Around the World With Cabernet Sauvignon (April 21, 2016)

Vindicated Event: The Capital Grille – Seattle, Washington

Course: Entertaining Clients, How to Confidently Order A Quality Bottle of Wine (March 24, 2016)

Vindicated Event: Jackson, Mississippi

Course: Entertaining Clients, How to Confidently Order A Quality Bottle of Wine (March 4, 2016)

Wines from Vindicated Date Night Event: Valley Country Club – Aurora, Colorado

Course: Entertaining Clients: How to Confidently Order A Quality Bottle of Wine (February 25, 2016)

Vindicated Event: The Heathman Hotel

Course: Entertaining Clients, How to Confidently Order a Quality Bottle of Wine (January 21, 2016)

Johnny’s: Calistoga, California

The cheese plate at Johnny’s

Johnny’s: Calistoga, California

Enjoying a bottle of wine at Johnny’s in Calistoga, California

Barawine

Wine bar in Harlem where I worked as a Sommelier.

Me and Tony

A selfie of hubby and me!

Vindicated Event: Paramus, New Jersey

Course: Entertaining Clients, How to Confidently Order a Quality Bottle of Wine (December 2, 2015)

Somm Con Rioja

Rioja Wines tasted at SommCon in San Diego (November 2015)

SommCon Burgundy Tasting

Wine Seminar at SommCon

SommCon Bordeaux Tasting

SommCon Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Somm Con Rioja

SommCon Chardonnay tasting

Dale’s Joke Wine

This was given to me by a friend at a dinner party as a joke. Yuk!

Jaxon

The first day we brought Jaxon home!

Jaxon

Jaxon lounging!

Vindicated Event: King of Prussia – Pennsylvania

Course: Old World/New World Wines (August 11, 2015)

Vindicated Event: Melville – New York (Long Island)

Course: Old World/New World Wines (August 12, 2015)

Vindicated Event: Paramus, New Jersey

Course: Old World/New World Wines (August 10, 2015)

NY Central Park Frozen

Central Park with a partially frozen lake, 2013.

Me and Mari

Another concert at Chat. Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Washington.

NY Apt View

The view from our apartment, 51st and 2nd, Manhattan.

The Girls in NY

The New York Skyline, summer 2013, when my besties came to visit!

NY 2013 St Paddy’s Day

St. Paddy’s day in New York City.

NY 2013 St Paddy’s Day

The St. Paddy’s Day parade down 5th Avenue, New York City.

New Year’s Eve 2013

Having fun New Year’s Eve with my besties!