Author: Nancy (CSW)

Billy The Artist Wine Bottle Carrier

We recently received this brightly colored two bottle wine carrier to review. The artwork is by Billy The Artist, internationally recognized pop artist known for his eclectic style. The bright puzzle-like images are printed on both sides of the carrier.

WBC13 – Wines from Around the World Too

The Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2013 (WBC13) focused on the wines of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. In addition though, a number of wine groups from around the world brought their wines for us to taste. They were presented at group tastings, individual sessions, luncheons and receptions. Join us in tasting these wines.

Hotel Eldorado – Kelowna, British Columbia

Originally built by Countess Bubna Litite of Austria, about 3 miles down the lakeshore from its current location, it was called the Eldorado Arms Inn. Though it began as lodging for local ranch hands, it eventually became an elegant hotel with extensive gardens and was well known for quality dining and lodging. It attracted visitors from all over Europe and North America.

Wine And A Pyramid Too!

We recently visited Summerhill Pyramid Winery as part of a Pre-Conference Excursion to the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2013 in Penticton, British Columbia. The excursion was planned for us by Tourism Kelowna and included a tour and dinner at the winery.

Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2013 — Pre-Conference Fun

The Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2013 was held in Penticton, British Columbia, June 6 – 8. We arrived a couple of days before the Conference started so we could spend some time in Penticton and participate in one of the Pre-Conference Excursions. We chose the Kelowna Pre-Conference Excursion so we could learn a bit about the wineries along the north part of Okanagan Lake. The Excursion was organized and subsidized by Tourism Kelowna.

South African Wines

Last Thursday night’s tasting at Fine Wines of Stockton featured wines from South Africa. George and Gail, owners of the wine shop, visited South Africa several years ago and shared their experiences and a bit about the history of wine making in the region with us.

Lunch With A Bulgarian

Pete’s sister, Marie, recently invited us to lunch at her home in San Francisco. The occasion was a visit with Pete’s son before his return to Rio de Janeiro. Seth mostly lives in Rio, but had been in San Francisco visiting and working.

Crozes-Hermitage – Affordable Northern Rhone Wines

In a continuing effort to find great-tasting, moderately-priced wine the theme for the Thursday night tasting at Fine Wines of Stockton was Crozes-Hermitage. This AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) is located in the Northern Rhone region of France, adjacent to the very prestigious Hermitage AOC.