El Dorado

Big Bold Reds at Chateau Davell

We fell in love with the big bold reds at Chateau Davell in El Dorado County. It may sound French but it is all American and family is behind everything they do, including the atristic labels painted by the winemaker himself. Notice other family members adorned on the...

Renaissance Man, Nello Olivo

Renaissance man, Nello Olivo approaches his craft in many ways. The day I arrived for an interview, he was wearing a tux and waxed poetic about his creations, family, and very inventive ideas like a sparkling spiced red wine. A little ginger, vanilla, and a few other...

Fair Play Wineries Harvest Festival

Fair Play Wineries Harvest Festival Nov. 5 11 to 4 Excited to be part of the Fair Play Wineries Harvest Festival! I'll be signing books at Golden Leaves Winery November 5 from 11 to 4. Tasting in this region is all about the experience. Some wineries have food, others...

Announcing Brunch & Bubbles at Miraflores Winery

Wine enthusiasts of the Sierra foothills know that Miraflores Winery hosts the most amazing pairings brought to you by professional chefs. Now, their season finale of Brunch & Bubbles includes books! Get author signed copies of Drink Your Words while you savor...

The Wine Smith Redux

Placerville's downtown wine bar is more than The Wine Smith redux. It's got a fresh clean new look with specialty drinks that revive and entertain this small neighborhood and its wine aficionados. This pink lady is even refreshing on the eyes after a long day in the...

Summer of Drink Your Words

Ever want to meet the man behind the Sheriff? This fantastic red blend is ALWAYS in my kitchen and sometimes patio and deck.

So, I’m elated to announce a book signing at

Shadow Ranch Vineyard

July 9th, 2022

Please join me for conversation and charcuterie between 1:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon. Make sure you’ve reserved a seat and primed your palate for robust yet elegant wines.

Kehret Vineyards

At the top of Mount Aukum, you feel like you could kiss the sky. I hear the owners of Kehret Vineyards land their helicopter on the property. Soak in the view of this vast quilt of vineyards and treetops in all directions. Then, soak in the juice. Kehret Vineyards'...

The Sheriff Has Arrived

Words that usually mean the party is over. But, this Sheriff from Shadow Ranch means the party’s just gettin’ started! With such a lovely blend of red grapes, it captures the best of all 6 varietals. Vibrant cherry meets your nose first but what follows is round layers of blueberry, plum, vanilla and a long luscious finish…

Gold Hill Vineyards Petite Sirah

It must be the minerals in the soil or being high above the fog layer. But, the petite sirah from Gold Hill Vineyards elevated our spirits. Its well balanced combination of deep purple plum and blueberry felt wide on the palate. Then the long luxe finish took us back...