Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Thoughts on Wine Tasting

Now that I am not pregnant I am able to enjoy some great wine. I am by no means a wine expert, I just really enjoy drinking it, wine tasting, and reading about wine.  It's a hobby that started when I worked in a wine tasting room while I was in college at UC Santa Barbara. Once I moved to San Francisco my friends and I would rent a limo and head up to Napa and Sonoma probably every other  month. I love listening to the winery employees talk about each varietal they get so into it and you can tell they love their jobs.

 I have wine tasted in Washington, Napa, Sonoma, Carmel/Monterey, and Temecula. The only area I have not been to is in the Santa Barbara region, which is kind of funny.

I am often asked for recommendations for where to go when tasting so I wanted to include a series here not only so I can keep track of where I have visited, but also to share with anyone who may have never been to wine country and are looking for some recommendations.

Here are some pictures from some wine tasting adventures (and yes Claire came on a couple, we called ahead and had a driver :) )

If you are looking for a wine that I just love right now that is such a great deal, check out Bogle Merlot. I believe my bottle was like $10 and is a perfect every day drinking wine that tastes a lot more expensive. I will be back next week to highlight some wineries!

Chateau St Michelle-Washington (pre kids)

Swanson Vineyards, Napa Valley

beautiful view in Napa

Wine tasting in Carmel-by-the-Sea while visiting my parents

B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma with my Chicago ladies

Shot of wine tasting group in Sonoma


  1. i too love wine tasting it really is the best! :) xo annalizbeth

    1. Hi Anna,

      It seriously is so much fun. You have such a cute blog, am following you back!

  2. Yay for not being pregnant so we can drink wine ;)
    Thanks for linking up to Followers to Friends hop! Hope you found some cool new bloggy friends. I've followed you back xo

    1. Thanks Sylvia, It was fun, I will be back! look forward to getting to know you!


  3. Oh wine tasting is so fun!! :) La Crema is a good wine as is Meomi if you ever are interested in trying and I think Costco may sell one if not both! :)

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    1. I love La Crema! I will have to try Meomi for sure. I just followed you back and look forward to the friday blog hops!!!


  4. Hi there! I'm Hanna. I found you through Tuesday's blog hop, I'm just really late:) I love making new friends!!! I am your newest follower via GFC. Happy Holidays! You can find me at

    xooxo Hanna

    beautiful photos. I lived in Santa Barabara for 2 years and loved every second

  5. Just found your blog through Sweet Pea Sylvie's blog hop, i'm a new follower :)

  6. I've only been wine tasting one time a couple years ago! I live a short 20 minutes from chateau at. Michelle in Washington state and I still need to find time to make it there!

  7. Hubby and I love wine tasting. If there is a vineyard anywhere near we vacation, we go for a tasting and a tour. We have tried all of the wines in your line up in picture number 2. How funny! Our daughter has been with us on many a tasting. She loves it because usually they give her grape juice and she gets to have all the cheese and crackers she can eat. :) Found you through Bloggy Moms.