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It’s Regional Wine Week – Drink Local!

And with wine produced in every state of the U.S., we can all participate! Regional Wine Week is the sixth annual celebration of the growth of the U.S. wine industry beyond the West Coast. As co-founder and Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre said this week in his article, "It is sponsored by Drink Local Wine, [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:07-06:00Wine|

Summer Spots In NYC

I've had the pleasure of training up to New York City quite regularly over the last few months, and thought for those of you planning a trip to the city soon, I'd share some of my finds! Hotels Where to stay? These are two recents that I really enjoyed. Hudson New York: From the Morgan's [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:08-06:00Travel|

Finding Your New Favorite Summer White Wine

Our June Fine Wine Divas event set our members up for summer entertaining success as we tried a variety of white wines – perfect for sipping on your back patio, front porch, or in a nice air-conditioned room. Throughout the evening, we tasted the following sparkling and still white wines: J Cuvée 20 Brut (NV), [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:08-06:00Wine|

West Coast Book Tour Wine & Travel Adventures: Sarver Winery

One of the great things about a West Coast Book Launch Tour (for my new book, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France) was the great travel and wine experiences to be had…from Washington to Oregon to California! After Washington, we hit Oregon and THE region for Pinot Noir in the U.S....Willamette Valley. Sarver Winery was our [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:09-06:00Wine|

Take a Trip to Paris in My New Children’s Book

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new children's picture book, KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France! I started Grape Occasions to share my love of travel, wine and spas with the world. If you've read my bio, you'll know my love of travel started at a young age when my mom was a [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:09-06:00Travel|

Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold: Best Wines of Virginia Named for 2013

Virginia's top wines were named a few weeks ago with 2013 Virginia Wineries Association's Governor's Cup top honors going to Barboursville Vineyards' 2009 Octagon 12th Edition. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 230 and 93 of the wineries submitted 377 red and white entries for this year's competition. Barboursville [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:10-06:00Wine|

Grape Occasions on Wine Oh TV

This week's Wine Wednesday, I did a radio interview on the Wine Oh TV show on Radioslot.com. It's a jam packed hour of wine fun you can listen to on your computer or any of your portable devices. Each Wine Wednesday, from 3-4pm PT, Monique Soltani, serves up an hour of wine and food fun for [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:10-06:00Wine|

The King of Red: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the BIG six grape varieties, is often referred to as the King of Red. At a January event of the Fine Wine Divas, as we tasted through eight fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the world, I was reminded of what makes this grape fabulous! Cabernet, as it can simply be [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:11-06:00Wine|

Around the World of Sparkling Wine

I'm always a big fan of sparkling wine, special occasion or none. And the holidays are the perfect time to bring out ANY bubbles. Last week, I attended an "I Brake for Bubbly" tasting at The Curious Grape, a local wine bar and shop, for a great tour through the sparkling wine world....Austria -> Chile [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:12-06:00Wine|

Thanksgiving Perfect Wine Pairings

There are no shortage of wine recommendations out there for what to serve with your Thanksgiving feast. Rather than sharing a lengthy list (I stick by my list from last year), I thought I'd share what I'm serving (or bringing to friends, as is our tradition) this year. Sparkling & Rosé This is a great [...]

2019-03-20T13:58:12-06:00Wine|