Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers 2019

Nov 29, 2019
Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers 2019

Each year I get more and more excited for the holiday and the fun assortment of wine-related goodies on the market! Below are my top picks that you should put on your wishlist or buy for the wine lover in your life. Cheers!

Three Wines Perfect for Thanksgiving - And WHY

Nov 20, 2019
Three Wines Perfect for Thanksgiving - And WHY

When it comes to pairing wine with food, I’m a firm believer that there are no “wrong” answers. As long as you love the food and love the wine, you’re in a good place! With that said, there are some pairings that “pop” more than others. When you find something that’s truly meant to be together, the food brings out depth and complexity in the wine, the wine enhances the food, and it’s a match made in heaven. For my Thanksgiving roundup, I’ve chosen three varietals that you can find in any wine shop or grocery store in a range of price points. These wines work well with the smorgasbord of foods that are commonly served up on the Thanksgiving menu, and I’ve gone ahead and explained why. These "rules" for food pairings are not required, but they'll help direct you to finding those soul-mate food and wine pairings no matter what you're eating or drinking. 

Perfect Gift Pairing: Roses & Wine

Nov 05, 2019
Perfect Gift Pairing: Roses & Wine

Throughout time, roses have held their status as elegant, representative of passion and love, and noteworthily been depicted in various works of art. You could similarly say all these things about wine. And what a better or more classic pairing for someone you love than wine and roses? 

Merlot Month Favorites

Oct 25, 2019
Merlot Month Favorites

October is Merlot Month -- probably my favorite "wine holiday" out there! Merlot is one of the two main varietals in the OG Wine Region... Bordeaux. It's capable of producing complex, interesting wines in a range of diverse styles. You can find Merlots that are bright and eager to be drunk now, Merlots that are deep and brooding, and Merlots that are complicated and full of interesting characteristics, just waiting to reach the perfect age.

Trefethen Harvest Bootcamp

Oct 15, 2019
Trefethen Harvest Bootcamp

If you're looking for a truly memorable and unique experience in Napa, look no further: Trefethen offers a hands-on "Harvest Bootcamp" that showcases their grape-growing and winemaking process. I had the amazing opportunity to experience this a few weeks ago during their 2019 experience and it was by far one of the highlights of my wine blogging career. 

Gunlach-Bundschu: California's Oldest Family Owned Winery

Aug 30, 2019
Gunlach-Bundschu: California's Oldest Family Owned Winery

Gundlach-Bundschu is the oldest family owned winery in California and has an extensive history combined with a dedication to producing excellent wine. Their grapes are all harvested from their estate which provides unique micro-climates suited to growing many different varietals depending on where you are on the property, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and more!

Abbot's Passage: The Coolest Place in Sonoma

Aug 27, 2019
Abbot's Passage: The Coolest Place in Sonoma

Abbot’s Passage is a distinctive destination in downtown Sonoma that is home to unique regularly scheduled workshops that pair hands-on education and exploration with tastings of Katie Bundschu’s small-lot, co-fermented field blend wines. Grapes are sourced from prominent storied vineyards, and she’s apt to make wines just as unique as her space, such as a Chenin Blanc/Verdejo blend. ⁣

Canned Wine: Recent Fad or Here to Stay?

Aug 18, 2019
Canned Wine: Recent Fad or Here to Stay?

A Skeptic's Guide to Canned Wine

Wine is so often synonymous with luxury, snobbery, showmanship... but those aren’t the things I love about wine. I love the story, the people, the way it brings humans together over a good glass. So I had to ask myself... could there not a place for canned wine in my life?

Where to eat in the Bay: Kincaid's Burlingame

Aug 10, 2019
Where to eat in the Bay: Kincaid's Burlingame

Located on the Bay, Kincaid's in Burlingame is a steak and seafood restaurant that combines a casually elegant atmosphere, beautiful water views, amazing food, and a great wine list. While Kincaid's itself is a small national chain, they strive to bring a local touch to each restaurant and make their guests feel like home. 

Madera, Califonia: Sweet Wine Paradise

Jul 27, 2019
Madera, Califonia: Sweet Wine Paradise

Each year, me and my two girl-friends from NYC take an annual "girls' trip". We initially met while working in the Buying Office at Bloomingdale's, but have since moved to California for various career reasons. This year, in an effort to explore more of the state, we ventured inland to Madera to see what this wine region is all about. 

Robert Young Estate

Jul 25, 2019
Robert Young Estate

With farming roots that go back to 1858, six generations have lived and farmed the Young Estate in Alexander Valley. In 1997, they decided to make their own wine while continuing to sell portions of their harvest to other winemakers-- reserving the best grapes for themselves. Robert Young believes in selecting and farming micro-lots with the highest potential to craft their estate wines, hand-harvesting the grapes for maximum quality.

Gary Farrell: A Pinot Lover's Dream

Jul 03, 2019
Gary Farrell: A Pinot Lover's Dream

Set high atop a hill in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County, Gary Farrell produces world-class Pinot Noir with a focus on expressing the area's unique terroir. 

Mention "Wine with Paige" sent you when making your reservation for something extra special!

Perfect Pairings for the 4th of July

Jun 28, 2019
Perfect Pairings for the 4th of July

The fourth of July offers up a whole feast of amazing wine pairing opportunities! While it may traditionally be focused around beer, it's also the perfect time to pop open a bottle of nice, chilled white from America's heartland of wine -- Napa Valley. Check out some of my favorite summer pairings!

Five Napa Rosés Perfect for any Taste

Jun 08, 2019
Five Napa Rosés Perfect for any Taste

I love that so many different styles of rosé can all come out of the Napa region, and I'm excited to see producers crafting styles all over the board. Whether rosé is one of your go-to styles, or you consider yourself not a fan, there's something in this lineup for everyone. 

Overloaded Oatmeal Cookies & Tawny Port

May 30, 2019
Overloaded Oatmeal Cookies & Tawny Port

These overloaded oatmeal cookies are inspired by the delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies my mom always makes. We’ve had an incredibly rainy spring here in the Bay, so the moment I sampled Taylor Fladgate’s Tawny Port, I knew I wanted to pair it with something comforting and homey—cue these chewy, rich, and flavorful oatmeal/chocolate chip/dried cherry/toffee overloaded cookies. 

Day Trip to Calaveras County

May 28, 2019
Day Trip to Calaveras County

Calaveras County is nestled in the heart of the Sierra Foothills AVA, and home to wineries big and small. They offer a unique, home-grown feel to their wineries with down-to-earth people and obvious farming roots. They maintain their 19th-century charm, including the historic Murphy's Hotel, which once hosted Mark Twain. Just 2.5 hours outside of San Francisco, Calaveras is a wonderful escape from the city and showcases a whole other part of California. 

Unexpected Poolside Sipping: White Port

May 22, 2019
Unexpected Poolside Sipping: White Port

White Port is the ultimate mixer for hot summer days. With an interestingly complex but refreshing taste, there’s a lot of flavor opportunities to play with. For a simple and refreshing mix drink, swap out the gin in a gin and tonic with a white Port, like Fonseca Siroco; the tonic helps bring out the nutty, complex flavors of the fortified wine. 

Stop Drinking Shitty Rosé

Apr 09, 2019
Stop Drinking Shitty Rosé

Rosé wine is a category run amok. Demand is crazy high, with the consumer understanding absolutely minuscule. It's associated most often with day-drinking (cue squealing cheers of "rosé all day!), something pretty to put in your glass for Instagram, a poolside accessory. It's obligatory for wineries to make one, regardless of if their grapes, location, or aptitude is up for the challenge. The main problem: no one cares what it tastes like. It's an ornament. 

Jord Watches: Chic & Sustainable

Apr 08, 2019
Jord Watches: Chic & Sustainable

When Jord watches reached out, I knew they were the perfect intersection of luxury, fashion, and sustainability that I just couldn’t help but pass up a partnership with.

VJB Cellars - Italy in the Heart of Sonoma

Mar 15, 2019
VJB Cellars - Italy in the Heart of Sonoma

VJB Cellars is an authentic Italian experience in the heart of Sonoma. Until visiting, I had no idea this beautiful little gem existed, but now it’s by-far one of my favorite wineries! 

Pinot Noir: My Love Affair

Feb 12, 2019
Pinot Noir: My Love Affair

Pinot Noir is one of my favorite grapes. Find out more about it in this post!

2018 in Review

Jan 08, 2019
2018 in Review

2018 was a year filled with change and growth! Check out my highlights by month in this post.

Barolo, the Holiday-ready King of Wines brought to you by Fontanafredda

Dec 22, 2018
Barolo, the Holiday-ready King of Wines brought to you by Fontanafredda

Barolo is by far one of my favorite wines. Italian reds were where I really fell in love with the world of wine in general and all it had to offer. Italian reds are food friendly, dynamic, complex, and elegant... all at a more affordable price point than comparable quality in French wines. Luxury without breaking the bank. 

Paige's Holiday Guide to Sparkling Wine

Dec 15, 2018
Paige's Holiday Guide to Sparkling Wine

The holiday season is a great time to incorporate more sparkling wine! Here you'll find some of my favorite sparkling wine picks, perfect for everything and anything this holiday season and beyond. All are easily accessible, either in local stores or by purchasing through the links included.

Paige's Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

Dec 01, 2018
Paige's Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

Let's talk GIFTS!
Here are my 12 favorite wine-related things right now, all of which would make purrrrrfect holiday gifts!

Visit Tri-Valley

Oct 16, 2018
Visit Tri-Valley

The Tri-Valley is the coolest place you’ve never heard of… yet. Comprised of three valleys that come together (hence the name), this area features the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, and the sweet little town of Danville. There’s the historic wine region— Livermore Valley AVA, charming breweries and pubs along their beer trail, even an ice-cream trail.

My Perspective on Wine

Aug 18, 2018
My Perspective on Wine

I want you (yes YOU) to stop drinking shitty wine. 

The world of wine tends to be secretive... I mean, there's not even an ingredient label on your wine bottle. 
You probably assume it's just grapes, right? Unfortunately, your grocery store go-to wine could have up to 75 ingredients other than grapes.