True North | Oregon Bound

On the road again…in search of Burgundy, bubbles, and beyond…

This week I head north to Oregon for the Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland before wending my way to the Willamette Valley for a little vineyard tromping, then on to the Oregon Chardonnay Celebration at the Allison Inn & Spa.

You can follow the action via Instagram @binnotes.

And yes…do please continue to watch this space for links to my forthcoming professional features in Oregon Wine Press, Meininger Wine Business International, and South Bay Accent Magazine, as well as my exclusive interview with Hospices de Beaune’s Ludivine Griveau in the upcoming issue of basil + salt Magazine.

Per usual,  while I no longer post non-professional features on this site, I do continue to tipple through trade samples in The Hedonistic Taster for all you food and wine aficionados looking for unpretentious, concise tasting notes to help you muddle through the wine maze…

Thanks – look forward to hearing your comments. Cheers!

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Affordable Burgundy, Bubbles and Beyond

Happy Holidays, Dear Readers~


Still in deep deadline mode, but wanted to share a bit of ‘research’ I’ve been doing for a piece I’m working on for basil + salt magazine, slated for publication in early 2018…I’ve included the producer names with the images in case you want to try these on your own at home before you read my article…so many bubbles, so little time…May your holidays be cozy, bright – and full of bubbles!



Always a treat to hear from you – please feel free to leave your comments below, or on Twitter/Instagram @binnotes.

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Napa + Sonoma: Still Beautiful

Dear Readers:

Hope you are enjoying your holiday season…just  wanted to share some images from my visit Napa and Sonoma earlier this week on assignment.

Clearly, Wine Country is still a beauty to reckon with.  Many thanks to all who opened their doors, wineries, and hearts to me this trip.

Happy Holidays, all!


What about you – any recent visits you care to share? Any trips you have planned? Feel free to leave your comments below, or post @binnotes on Twitter/Instagram.

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#wineStudio #Bubbles #Party: You’re Invited!

#wineStudio is having a Bubbles Party this month, and you’re invited.

Join the convo!

Learn more about Ferrari Trentodoc Brut, a vivacious 100% chardonnay wine produced in Italy’s mountainous Trentino wine region – just in time for the holiday season.

It’s the final #wineStudio wine community tasting for 2017 – hope you can join us!

When: Tuesday, December 12th 2017 – 6-9 p PST

Where: Twitter: #wineStudio  @binnotes

Happy holidays, all!


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Affordable Burgundy + Beyond Sidebars| Gothenburg + Paris

Hi Dear Readers:

I’m still en route to Hospices de Beaune 2017 wine auction in Burgundy, with sidebars to Gothenburg, Sweden to conduct interviews for a forthcoming article I’m doing on Swedish sommeliers, and to Paris for research on a pending project.

Please enjoy these photos of travels to date – you can follow my entire tour on Instagram or Twitter @binnotes.

As always, great to hear from you in the ‘Comments’ section below and on social media – cheers!

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Burgundy Bound

Dear Readers:

I’m traveling on assignments for the balance of 2017, indispensable Yoga Paws and Lazenne wine carrier in tow.

First stop Sweden, followed by the fabled Hospices de Beaune wine auction in Burgundy, before returning stateside later this month for some South Bay sleuthing amidst a little US Thanksgiving gratitude. December brings me deep into Northern California wine making territory, and concludes with a long slog of elbow grease at the keyboard.

Find out about publication dates for pending features here later. In the meantime, feel free to follow along live throughout the tour:

 Instagram +Twitter: @binnotes.

Always a treat to hear your comments – thanks for leaving them below.



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#wineStudio | October 2017 | #ConVal Prosecco DOCG

Welcome to the  Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG Zone!

It’s that time!

Do you like sparkling wine? What about affordable sparkling wine? What about a variety of affordable, quality sparkling wine from the hills of Italy?

Join me and my fellow #wineStudio virtual tasting community for this month’s scintillating program, featuring the remarkable sparkling wines of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.

What you need to know:

What: Take a virtual tour of Italy’s #ConValDOCG wine region, and maybe learn a factoid or two you can use to amaze your friends and family.
When: Tuesdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th 5:45pm -6:45pm PDT
Where: Hashtag #winestudio – Twitter platform.
Who: Twitter handles to follow:
#winestudio @winestudioTINA
@ProseccoCV @AlanTardi @GregoryWhitePR

Participating Wineries:
#Conte Collalto

So much prosecco, so little time  – hope to see you there! Ciao~

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