At the end of 2010 I found myself saying that 2010 had brought out both the best and worst in me. So last year after I said that 2011 was the best year of my life , I knew the pressure was on for this year; and 2012 didn’t disappoint, as this past year, without a shadow of a doubt, was the best year of my life, putting even more pressure on 2013. Some of the highlights of 2012 included finding some semblance of home in San Francisco, living in…

Where should I go wine tasting when I visit San Francisco? That’s the question I get asked more then any other by people visiting California. Travel to most of America and it’s all about where to eat and what to see, but in California we’re fortunate to have such a thriving wine culture. I often tell people to tap into that culture and history beforehand by watching movies like Bottle Shock and Sideways, or better yet, watch me show you how to look like a wine drinker (Just…

I’m convinced that if I took every week of the year to go on a different weekend or day trip from San Francisco, I would only scratch the surface of what California has to offer. If there’s something you want, you can probably find it in California. 5-star hotel, check. Microbreweries, check. $1 street tacos, check. Nudist beaches, check. However, since moving to San Francisco over a year ago, my eyes have really been opened up to the culture of Northern California wine country. With harvest season in full swing, it felt…

This past week concluded a month-long visit in Sonoma wine country in California. It was month one of a three-month trip that takes me from the vineyards of California to the Inside Passage of Alaska to the historic cities of Central Europe. This first month was a month I won’t soon forget. House-sitting for one of my best friends, I got to see Sonoma County from a perspective that not everyone to Northern California wine country gets to see it from. While most of the world automatically associates…

Where I’m from in the south, there’s not a whole lot that goes into drinking. All you really need to know is your answer to the question “bottle or draft”? However, after living in California for a year and spending the last month exploring Northern California wine country, I’ve come to find that there’s a lot more that goes into drinking wine than drinking beer. If I walk into a tasting room and tell ‘em I want a glass of whatever they have on tap, then I’m going…

Let me just tell you, Californians love their wine. During the month of March I was on a tour of California with Expedia and spent an extensive part of the trip in Northern California wine country. I had been to wine country several times, but this was a much more extensive trip, visiting several wine regions over the course of a week, including Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino. Did you know that there are over 400 wineries in Napa alone? And what I found to be so fascinating was…

When you hear about California wine country, what do you think of? Probably the towns of Napa and Sonoma? These are typically at the forefront of most people’s minds since Napa and Sonoma are so synonymous with California wine. For the last week I’ve been on a road tour to uncover Northern California wine country. What is it that I found? That there’s still a lot to uncover. Nonetheless, I discovered some interesting things about it. I found out that in Mendocino County there can be such sharp diversity in…

You’ve heard of Sleepless in Seattle – well I’m carless in San Francisco. However, I haven’t let not having a car stop me from doing my own exploring in and around San Francisco and even beyond the city limits. While I love San Francisco, it has been nice to take some day and weekend trips over the last few months. If nothing else, for an escape from the fog. While I don’t expect travelers visiting San Francisco to spend most of their time taking day trips outside the…

I breathed in heavily and then back out as I saw my breath clearly in front of me. I sat on the stone ledge just outside of my room with my hands crossed as I shivered, wondering why the hell I was freezing on a mid-summer evening. I had been misinformed, as I sat there shivering in the only jacket I had, and one that I had just recently bought. The summer prior I was spending my afternoons lying on a warm beach every day with friends in…