Thursday, August 3, 2023

DATE CHANGE - Bubbles & Burgundy!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must postpone our planned adventure in France to April, 2024! We're sad, of course, but in the long run, I think April in France is going to be delightful! 

We are also thinking about adding on a short hop over the Channel to southern England to taste some English Sparkling wines! Interested? Lemme know!

Stay tuned for specific dates and details, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Bubbles and Burgundy with the Goddess of Wine!

Exciting news from the Goddess of Wine! Join me in France this Fall!

Have you dreamed of visiting Champagne and Burgundy? Now's your chance! A guided tour, filled with wine and food! 

Click here for more information, or contact Gail Sherman at Wine Lovers Travel at or (805) 701-7119 to book this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Lots more information at this site:

Please don't wait! We are going to limit this excursion to a small group of wine-loving souls, so join us today!

Thursday, October 13, 2022

I'm looking for a few great wine lovers...

I know the last few years have been challenging. What I've missed most of all is the sense of community we had when we would gather to taste and talk about wines.

So, I'm starting small and inviting those folks who have been so supportive of my efforts over time.

Our first class back on the Bay is going to be a comparison of some delicious wines from all over the world. It's your chance to taste varieties from different regions - side-by-side - and decide for yourself where your favorite wines may come from.

We're limiting the size of the class in order to create and intimate place where you are free to discuss, agree or disagree, or just learn a bit more about wines from all over the world.

We'll be meeting Wednesday, November 9th, at 7 PM at The Savory Palette in Morro Bay. 

Hope you'll join us! Here's the link to purchase tickets for the class:


Monday, August 1, 2022

 Thursday, August 10th

It's #Wine101 With the Goddess of Wine
at Timshel Vineyards
Click here to buy your tickets for a #tasty 
and fun-filled evening:
Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!

Timshel Vineyards
825 Riverside Avenue Suite 1
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Tale of Three Wines...


The Goddess of Wine and JD started off Tuesday at their home-away-from-home, the Savory Palette in Morro Bay. Our little group of "Paletteers" tries to meet every Tuesday afternoon to catch up on the week's events, trials, and tribulations, while supporting our local wine bar. 

I found this modest 2017 Vin de Pays, a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from Triennes, a project from two Burgundians, Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, joined by their Parisian friend, Michel Macaux. They looked for land in the south of France, and in 1989, found the Domaine du Logis de Nans in the Var, north-east of Marseille.

The wine was deep purple in color; the nose delightfully rich in baking spices and red fruit. We paired it with an artfully made cheese plate, but had to leave earlier than usual, so we put a cork in the bottle and took it home. The tasting notes from the winery suggest that this could be aged another 10 - 15 years. Hmm...not so much, but very tasty now.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Celebrate International Women’s Day & Women's History Month with over 150 women-owned businesses in the food and beverage industry!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, At Her Table brings together more than 150 women-owned and co-owned businesses in San Luis Obispo County for Women’s Week. - This 7-day county-wide event features special menu items,  workshops, and discussions that encourage open conversations about the stories of local women in the food and beverage industry. It will take place from Sunday, March 6th to Sunday, March 13th.

At Her Table launched in 2021 amidst the pandemic. It started with 36 members and has since tripled in size. They now have over 150 members, and this year they will be offering over 50 food specials & events for SLO County to enjoy throughout the week.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Old World vs. New World - A Tasty Comparison!

The Goddess of Wine and JD had some fun at Fossil Wine Bar in Atascadero last night with a group of eager and engaged students of wine. This was an opportunity to compare a few specific grape varieties made in different regions of the world.

Old World wine refers primarily to wine made in Europe but can also include other regions of the Mediterranean basin with long histories of winemaking such as North Africa and the Near East. The phrase is often used in contrast to New World wine which refers primarily to wines from New World wine regions such as the United States, Australia, South America and South Africa. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Not just any Port in a pandemic...

The very first time I tasted tawny Port, I was in a wonderful seafood restaurant overlooking Puget Sound. After a delicious and very filling dinner, everyone at the table decided to order dessert - actually a rarity in my family, but that's another story. I read the dessert menu, and as full as I was, everything seemed too rich, and then I saw an entry for a glass of Tawny Port with dark chocolate truffles.

Honestly, ordering that dessert was one of the better decisions I've made in my life. "Life-changing" is a bit overused, but it was certainly an eye-opening moment. And I've enjoyed many glasses of Port, both Ruby and Tawny, ever since.

Classes Return in 2021!



Back to Basics, that is!

It's the return of Wine 101!

Does wine jargon confuse you? 
Do sommeliers intimidate you? 
Does reading a wine list make you sweat? 
This is the class for you!

Join us at Fossil Wine Bar on August 2nd!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Back to wining...

One of the great joys of my life in wine is that people actually send me wine! And then I get to assess it and write about it. Things being what they are these days, I'm a little behind in my reviews, so here we go:

Al Scheid first saw potential in Monterey County in 1972 when the wine region was in its infancy. What started as a grape growing operation that sold 100% of its production to other wineries evolved into a family business that makes wines under several labels, including Scheid Vineyards, Sunny with a Chance of Flowers, District 7, Ryder Estate, Metz Road, VDR, and Stokes’ Ghost. They also produce many regionally distributed brands for specific clients and distributors.