Stoller Family Estate Makes Perfect PINOT NOIR On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

Stopping by Stoller Family Estate in the amazing Dundee Hills of Oregon, THE VARIETAL SHOW was able to chat with winemaker Kate Payne Brown. Tilt your screen forward to brighten the your the view, where they just finished their picking at this Willamette Valley vineyard! We discuss and taste the diversity of their Pinot Noir, as well as what to pair with each; Estate 2020 White Pinot Noir, Winemaker’s Series 2021 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir & Estate Brut Sparkling Wine.

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Legends: Next Gen @Sonoma County Wine Library – Nov 10th!

Meet The Future of Sonoma County Wine – Legends: Next Gen

After a three-year pause, the Sonoma County Wine Library is bringing back its Sonoma County Wine Legends event on Thursday, November 10th, 6:30 pm at the Steele Lane Community Center (415 Steele Ln) in Santa Rosa. (Photo credit Christopher Cheung/PD)

Moderated by Sommelier Christopher Sawyer, Legends: Next Gen will feature a panel discussion of these legends in the making, five next-generation professionals of the local wine community:

This fundraiser for the Sonoma County Wine Library includes wine pouring with charcuterie platter, and silent auction featuring special wines, gifts, and wine-country experiences. Early bird TICKETS are $45 for members and $60 for non-members, and $55 and $70 respectively after October 31st.


Chappellet LOVES Chenin Blanc On THE VARIETAL SHOW

At my monthly educational wine lunch we dove into Chenin Blanc, which of course had to include Chappellet in the lineup! THE VARIETAL SHOW snagged Dominic Chappellet for a wee discussion about his winery’s story and their first vintage in 1969. We rounded it out discussing some of the other amazing contenders present; Haarmeyer 2021 Cresci, The Sadie Family ‘Skurfberg’ South Africa, Domaine des Baumard 2017 Quarts de Chaume & Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray, Cuvee Constance.

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The Swingin’ Crew Jazzes It Up On THE VARIETAL SHOW!

On my final Celebrity Cruises voyage this year along the Mexican Riviera, I was pleased to see my favorite jazz quartet The Swingin’ Crew! These talented young musicians are from Buenos Aires, Argentina: Sophia, Ailen, Tomas & Theo are on a six-month Solstice ship tour that ends in January. THE VARIETAL SHOW shared some delicious Bacigalupi Petite Sirah and Kokomo Grenache, discussing some interesting comparisons to their wines back home.

Scroll below to enjoy their fabulous music, or hop onboard the Celebrity Solstice, and be sure to pair it with some spectacular wines! LIKE, SHARE & FOLLOW my You Tube channel, for notification about upcoming episodes, most Tuesdays @12:30pm.


All aboard the amazing Celebrity Solstice, with views of Cabo San Lucas! Drinking fine wines with Theo, Sophia, Ailen & Tomas.

Join THE VARIETAL SHOW For Some Special Cruise Memories!

Taking a little break this week for my Costco wine cruise to Mexico, on the Celebrity Solstice: I will surely have lots of tales to tell after the fact, but for now enjoying sun and sea with the family!

Until then please enjoy these episodes of THE VARIETAL SHOW featuring new friends, musician Daniel East & Dr. Dave, from my earlier 2022 cruises & come back next week for a new episode, CHEERS!

Cruising To Mexico With Some Amazing Wines!

Just sending a shout out to all the wines coming along on my Celebrity Solstice wine education cruise to Mexico, departing October 1st for a week – CHEERS!

Bacigalupi Vineyards: 2 Hawk Wines: Keller Estate: DNA Vineyards: Kokomo Winery: Mucho Mas: Three Sticks: Marimar Estate