The List

The Countess of Buena Vista

If I had to describe 2018 in terms of my 'wine life,' I would call it the "Year of The Red Blend." In the past, it had been a rare occasion to have a red blend that I really like. But several have graced my glass over the last 3 months, that merit placement on … Continue reading The Countess of Buena Vista


It’s All About LVE

I recently had an opportunity to taste the new release from John Legend's collaboration with Jean-Charles Boisset and The Boisset Collection - LVE Red. This thoughtful, dark blend brings together the best of 4 grapes - 55% Petite Sirah, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. This wine add a touch of cocoa … Continue reading It’s All About LVE

The Queen Of White Wine With A Wag

One of the first wines I tasted from The Boisset Collection was this very special 2013 Marie Antoinette Chardonnay from Frenchie Winery - Napa Valley's first dog-friendly winery. One of the things that make this wine special is its unique label. Rather than display a picture of the late Marie Antoinette, this bottle features Jean-Charles … Continue reading The Queen Of White Wine With A Wag

Theo-patra’s Nectar: An Award-Winning Petit Sirah

No. It's not a typo. Trial lawyer and winemaker, Theodora Lee is known, as ""Theo-patra," Queen of the Vineyards - in California's Yorkville Highlands. I am on a mission to meet vintners of color and women who craft quality wines - and to taste every singe one! So I'd hoped to have an opportunity to meet … Continue reading Theo-patra’s Nectar: An Award-Winning Petit Sirah


I recently had the pleasure of meeting jazz musician and winemaker, Marcus Johnson, and to taste his brand, FLO Wines. Johnson and his trio set the festive mood at the annual Wine Over LA toast to diversity - featuring African-American, Latino, and female vintners. Over the last year, I have been enjoying more Chardonnay's aged … Continue reading FLO

Vina Sympatica Sparkling Wine

Made from the French Colombard grape, this Sparking white is the perfect balance of bubbles to compliment its satisfying flavor. I usually reserve Sparkling Wines for Sunday afternoons. But I would sip this wine anytime. It has a distinct flavor that reminds me of Granny Smith apples and pear. Its crisp finish, with only a … Continue reading Vina Sympatica Sparkling Wine

A Perfect 10

Throughout history the number 10 has always represented the concept of wholeness, soundness and being complete. Jean-Charles Boisset designed this unique wine to represent all that Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is renowned for.. structure, balance and power. It is a perfect 10! ​ The JCB N° 10 explodes out of the glass with notes of … Continue reading A Perfect 10

Wente Morning Fog

After the 3rd worst storm in Memphis history since Elvis (the storm, not the rock n’ roller), hundreds of thousands of residents were left without power. And, of course, this would happen during my visit. We ventured to find an open restaurant – J. Alexander’s Redlands Grill, where they served a fantastic Chardonnay with hints … Continue reading Wente Morning Fog