Monday, August 3, 2015

Save the Date!

The 28th annual Napa Valley Open Studios is a free, self-guided tour where you can meet local artists, learn about what they do and purchase art directly from them.

During the last two weekends in September studios all over the Napa Valley will be open to bring you up close and personal with the artists and their work.

With 79 participating artists and 45 unique studio locations, this will be a great event for collectors, artists, and those who are looking for an artistic experience.

For more information, check out the website at

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Viura...Ever Heard of it?

Ever heard of the grape Viura? Perhaps you know it as Macabeo. Either way, it’s a white wine grape used in Spain’s Rioja region and in the southernmost region of France. The Viura grape is one of the three that goes into Spanish sparkling wine, Cava. But, it can also be used on its own to make still wine.

Depending on how it is grown and used. If picked early and aged in stainless steel, the wines can be fresh, floral, and aromatic. Or, if harvested later and aged in oak you can expect heavier, more honeyed, and nuttier tastes.

This pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, mango salad, white pizza, risotto, Manchego cheese, or Gouda cheese…or an easy drink at a party. Sounds like summer time to me.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Polo Event In Santa Rosa Supports Wounded Veterans...Check it Out

6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit

The 1940’s  
(70th Anniversary of the end of World War II)

 Sunday, August 30, 2015 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Trione Polo Field; 560 White Oak Drive,
Santa Rosa (Oakmont), CA 95409 
Polo players, polo ponies, stunt riders, horse drawn carriages, and military dignitaries will all be part of an upcoming polo benefit for combat injured American soldiers living in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 6th Annual Wounded Veterans Polo Benefit takes place Sunday, August 30. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and festivities begin at 11:30 a.m.

The benefit, sponsored by the Commandery of St. Francis, Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, and hosted by the Wine Country Polo Club, is designed to generate support for three veterans’ rehabilitation programs:

1) Pathway Home ( in Yountville, providing residential treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,

2) Community Action North Bay, ( providing housing and life assistance to veterans in need in Solano County, and

3) the veterans program at BAADS, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors ( providing sail training and therapy on sailing dinghies in the San Francisco bay.

The opening ceremony includes posting of the Colors by a mounted Color Guard, the National Anthem and a salute to the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Special guests will include World War II veterans.

The afternoon features two polo games played by some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s highest rated polo players and polo ponies. The Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls will lead the show at the intermission with a display of stunt riding and trick roping. Other highlights include the traditional Chandon Divot Stomp, a Ladies' Hat Competition, a silent auction, wine tasting, and more. Premium seating includes lunch tables and a gourmet buffet. Lawn seating allows for picnics or lunch from the concession.
The Commandery of St Francis was the first Hospitaller commandery to be established on the West Coast. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, this non-profit organization is comprised primarily of serving or retired Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and its Allies. The mission of this philanthropic organization, in keeping with the centuries’ old history and traditions of the Knights Hospitaller, is to support recently wounded service veterans.
Last year the 5th annual Wounded Veteran Polo Benefit, attended by over 350 spectators, raised and disbursed over $50,000.
Early Bird tickets (until August 9):  lawn seating $60, children under 12 $30. Premium seating with Preferred Sonoma Caterers luncheon $160, Premium Table for 8 $1200.
From August 10: lawn seating $70/children $40, Premium seating $185, Premium Table for 8 $1400.  For more information and to register for tickets:  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Check out my Interview...

Recently I was interviewed about writing for a blog post. It was a fun interview to do and I like their site.

Check it out:

It's always fun thinking about my, writing, wine, cooking...and so many more.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Premier Cru...Know What it Means?

Premier Cru vineyards in Burgundy are those considered significantly better than the basic village wines. The vineyard generally are better situated in terms of slope, direction, and soil. Their graped get riper and give the wines a greater character and depth.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Take a Trip...Return...Repeat

When do you start planning your next trip? Is it something you do shortly after returning from your current trip?

On survey I read said that the majority of travelers start planning their next trip within four weeks of returning.

Is this you?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Did Your Points Arrive?

Do you belong to airline miles programs, hotel rewards programs, rental car loyalty programs, or any other program where you receive points for using certain companies?

Do you check those statements or online after returning home from a trip? You should. Now is the time to check with the airline or hotel if your points aren't there within a few days of use. Make sure you have your receipts. You can scan and email them if need be.

No sense belonging and not getting credit for your points.