Wednesday, October 12, 2016


bay-area-women-in-wine-media-boarding-the-eldoradoLast Thursday a small group of wine merchants, wine writers and wine bloggers was invited aboard the Eldorado, a luxury yacht belonging to the Ferrari-Carano winery in Sonoma, to celebrate the winery’s 35th anniversary. We set sail for a two-hour tour from Schoonmaker Marina in Sausalito, and made our way into the San Francisco Bay under sunny skies.
blue-angels-practice-run-in-sf-bayAs it was Fleet Week in San Francisco, the Blue Angels, the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, soared overhead, cavorting and frolicking dangerously to the delight of us all. It was hard to concentrate on the bevy of beautiful wines being served, or the lavish array of appetizers, with so many distractions, not the least of which was quality conversations across the diverse
Planet Grape Wine Review panelist Deborah Parker Wong, @winesavyy, brought her husband Robert along to help celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. I had the pleasure of seeing my former student Emily the Jetsetting Fashionista, @JSFashionista, and Ziggy the Wine Gal, @ZiggyTheWineGal, and meeting Amy Lieberfarb, @amylieberfarb, who hosts #SonomaChat on Twitter and Instagram and blogs at Sip On This

Here are reviews of the wines I actually took notes on, a major coup in that setting:
2015 Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc Sonoma

2014 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma

2013 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Reserve Napa Valley-Carneros

2014 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

2013 Ferrari-Carano Siena Red Wine Sonoma

2013 Ferrari-Carano Merlot Sonoma

2013 Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Thank you so much to Chelsea Kurnick, Account Specialist, McCue Marketing, to Cheryl McMillan, Director Marketing Communications, Ferrari-Carano, and to the crew and Captain of the Eldorado, who didn’t toss me overboard after I was double-dared to toot the ship’s horn.

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