Wine from USA

Meeting Tyler Thomas of Dierberg Star Lane Winery in Santa Barbara

What a fabulous wine lunch at Riverpark restaurant in NYC with “guest star” winemaker Tyler Thomas of Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards. Tyler Thomas is the dream of any wine… More »

Quintessa Winery

Visiting Quintessa Winery in the Napa Valley

Quintessa is one of the most well respected wineries in the Napa Valley.  The creators of Quintessa are Valeria Huneeus and Agustin Huneeus, who purchased the gorgeous vineyard that was… More »

Lodi Ancient Vines

Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel & Ancient Wines During #WBC16

Are you curious about what goes on “behind the scenes” in that bottle of Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel you’re enjoying? If you’ve seen the film Sideways, you might remember the… More »

Michael David Winery

#WBC16: “Surprise Visit to Michael David Winery

Do you like surprises? One of the highlights of the Wine Bloggers Conference each year are the surprise visits to wineries. This year, I ended up at Michael David Winery… More »

Winemaking History Lodi and Amador County

#WBC16: History of Winemaking in Lodi and Amador County

They came to Lodi and Amador County for Gold … and became farmers. The History of Winemaking in Lodi and Amador County California’s nascent wine industry took flight during the… More »

Amador County Wine #WBC16

Amador County #WBC16: Tapas & Terroirs

One of the reasons I was so eager to go on the pre-trip to Amador County – aside from tasting the Zinfandel and other wines of the region – was… More »

Wine Pairing lunch with Glenn Salva of Antica Napa Valley

Great wine pairing lunch with Glen Salva, the very charismatic estate manager of Antica Napa Valley, which took place at A Voce, one of the finest restaurants in New York.… More »


Lunch with Library Wines from Groth

Do You Adore Library Cabernet Sauvignon Wines from Groth? Today there was an excellent tasting of Library Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Groth, a famed producer in the Oakville region of… More »

Pursuit of Balance In Wine

Attended a great seminar yesterday titled:  Getting It Right: Triumphs and Failures in the Pursuit of Balance What a great seminar for any Master of Wine student! The moderator was… More »

Interview with Doug Shafer at Shafer Vineyards

Interview with Doug Shafer: Courage, Risk, & Luck By Marisa D’Vari I first met Shafer Vineyards Founder John Shafer in 2001 when I interviewed him in his Stags Leap District… More »

Visiting Louis Lucas in his Vineyard During #WBC14

“Climate. Soil. Care.” These are the three words Louis Lucas kept repeating in the course of our visit together. Though he is remarkably famous here on the West Coast having… More »

Visiting Rideau Vineyards in Solvang #WBC2014

“Welcome,” says Iris Rideau, welcoming me into her gorgeous winery made from a house over 130 years old. Well dressed, self assured, and charismatic Iris had success in creating a… More »

Learn Wine Fast!

The Essential Guide to Tasting, Talking, & Choosing Wine Like an Expert

Be the first to know when Marisa's new book is released: