Brandy-A Holiday Classic

                        There are so many wines to enjoy during the holidays.  Gorgeous bottle, after gorgeous bottle of red and sparkling present themselves and we often forget about some historical wine treats that have been around for generations:  distilled and fortified wines.  If you lack some real-life experience in this area, brandy may be your perfect foray into this genre.…

Identifying Wine

I have been working to develop my tasting skills for many years.  Wine has been a hobby of mine for such a long time, actually, going on 20 years.   I have vastly improved my varietal identification  in blind tastings, and I can pick up many nuanced aromas in a wine’s bouquet.  Now, to you all,  I confess, like the best…

A Grape By Any Other Name—Syrah? Shiraz?

Yep…..I know a few of you have pondered this red wine conundrum (anyone catch the pun-comment if you did).   When the Australian invasion began you started hearing about this unknown varietal, but let's put it to rest right now…Shiraz and Syrah are viticulturally the same species of black grape.  Only true difference:  Australians like to call the…

Wine: A Subject of Mystery

If you are visiting this blog, I'm assuming you love wine as much as I do.  If you have a combo passion— wine, foodie, and perhaps reading,  then here's a tip for you!  There is a very small series entitled The Sunny McCoskey Napa Valley Mysteries,  written by Nadia Gordon, an author with ties to Sacramento. …

My favorite contractor, Chris, brought us a bottle of 2007 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. He built our home a few years back, and Doug and I have been able to call on him ever since. He's a great guy and a talented contractor. One of the fun things we discovered over the…

Custom Blending in Sacramento….Yippee!

So fun….spent time this afternoon creating a proprietary Bordeaux-like blend at RailBridge Cellars! Here are some pics of the process. Love my Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc perfect blend! Thanks to Michael Chandler, Brand Manager and RailBridge Cellars!