Blue Ostrich Winery: Worth the Drive from DFW

We had just dropped our youngest off in the dorms for his Freshman year at college. Facing a 3-hour drive home as we headed into the first days of an empty nest, we discussed what might be a good stop to break up the drive and determine if we were feeling more boo-hoo or ya-hoo….

Sipping by the Shore: New Wine Options at Cypress Waters

The Sound is a new dining venue in the Cypress Waters development that is technically in the city of Dallas (because it sits on land that used to be a part of a regional power plant), but is nestled between the north side of Las Colinas and the south end of Coppell. Among the dining…

ACME Fine Wines: The Art of Under the Radar Napa Wine Tasting

Tucked away on a quiet side street in St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines has built a reputation as the authority small production, new producer and under-the-radar wines in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. From their art gallery styled studio, ACME conducts wine tastings, fulfills four different wine clubs and runs an online wine retail site, all with a proclivity toward the new and small producers from the area.

Three questions to consider before booking your wine country visit

I see the posts on Facebook. Someone will ask the question “We are headed to Napa, where do you recommend we visit” and a flood of Friends will respond with a winery or two that are can’t miss. The problem is, not all Napa, Sonoma or other wine country visits are created equaly. Some vistors…

Villa Bellezza Winery: Crafting Hybrid Wines in Wisconsin

The Great River Road is an American icon, a series of state and local roads that follow the Mississippi River through 10 states from Minnesota and Wisconsin down to Louisiana. The Northern end of the Road is shutterbug’s dream. Dotted with scenic overlooks from the top of towering bluffs, picturesque small towns with quaint restaurants…

Vineyard 7&8: A Winery to Appreciate

Almost like an analogy to the challenges of staring a winery in Napa Valley, it’s a steep climb up Spring Mountain Road to get to 7&8. Although the mountaintop location makes this winery a little more difficult at which to arrive, the sweeping panoramic views and quality of the ripe mountain fruit makes the road…

Paul Hobbs Winery: Off the Beaten Path, On the Mark

Ever since we first tasted the Paul Hobbs we ordered at Fearings Restaurant, the Hobbs wines have been among our favorites. In our last visit to Napa/Sonoma, we decided to visit the winery.  Of course, we missed the line in our confirmation email that warned not to use GPS, since the actual location of the…