November 2

Napa Valley Vegan – Day Two of the Wine Bloggers Conference!

I’m now just one week away from the Wine Blogger Conference. From the Welcome Opening at 9 a.m. through to the Live Wine Blogging conclusion at 6 p.m., Day 2 will be packed full of learning, eating and wine tasting. The Professional Wine Writing Tips course is definitely on the top of my list. This course will be taught by Wine journalist and educator Deborah Parker Wong; Wine Business Monthly editor-in-chief Cyril Penn; longtime wine blogger Fred Swan and keynote speaker Andrea Robinson. From mastering the four points of view in wine writing to doing the dirty work of finding sources & fact checking to the ethics of accepting free wine or travel to enriching my wine vocabulary. These are all things I’d like to improve and I’m definitely looking forward to the class. Next, is learning about What Companies Want from Wine Bloggers. This will make my writing more relevant and publishable!  As part of our mid day break, El Dorado Wines is generously providing all conference goers with lunch. It will be interesting to see what vegan options will be available for me. Yum! The afternoon will be filled with Wine Discovery sessions about the Consorzio Tutela Lugana DOC stretching along the southern shores of Lake Garda in the Italian wine growing region of Lugana or DOP Cariñena in Aragon the birth place of the Garnacha grape in Spain. Once my brain is full of info on Italian or Spanish wines, I get to participate in doing some Live Blogging about White & Rosè wines. This should be a blast! I hope I’m as spontaneous as I think I am! And then it is off to a delicious vegan dinner with family in Santa Rosa! I’m excited to see them and to eat, drink and be vegan…all weekend long!

November 20

Napa Valley Film Fest 2015 – Somms on Film!

Here are the videos of my amazing experience interviewing the Sommeliers and winemakers at the world premiere screening of Somm: Into The Bottle at the opening night of the Napa Valley Film Festival 2015. This was absolutely my favorite red carpet experience. The sommeliers and winemakers were incredibly engaged and gave answers that were uncensored and came from the heart. I hope you enjoy  viewing these short videos as much as I enjoyed making them!

interviewing Geoff


CLICK HERE to view my conversation with Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth!

interviewing director

CLICK HERE to see director Jason Wise and writer/producer/wife Christina Wise discussing their film!

Brian McClintic


CLICK HERE to see what Master Sommelier Brian McClintic has to say about wine, sustainability, Pearl Jam and his love for Patti LaBelle!




CLICK HERE to see Master Sommelier Ian Cauble and his girlfriend Mercedes discuss the importance of organic & biodynamic wines!

Fred Dame
Master Fred Dame


CLICK HERE as Master Sommelier Fred Dame discusses his interest in pairing vegan food and wine!


CLICK HERE to view Steve Matthiasson as he discusses his vegan-friendly wines!


CLICK HERE to view Sommelier and author Kelli White discuss the importance of transparency in wine ingredients!  

Thanks for watching and always remember to eat, drink…and be vegan!