Wine Buzz

Sip in Oregon

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / February 2020

Last month I was invited to judge at the McMinnville Wine & Food Classic in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, one of my favorite places. It was exciting to see old friends, while making new ones.

The Best Week for Wine in New Hampshire

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / January 2020

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) will host New Hampshire Wine Week, an annual event featuring more than 60 of the biggest names in the wine world, including Dave Phinney of Orin Swift, Lisa Evich of SIMI, Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi, Isiah Thomas of Cheurlin Champagne, and Michael Phillips of Michael David Winery.

Perfect Wine Pairings for the Holidays

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / December 2019

Holiday season is here! With so many wine choices, this year I’ve decided to feature wines that are made sustainably, taste delicious, and help give back to the community and land where they are produced.

A Labor of Love Between Brothers

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / August 2019

Hard work pays off. Not many people I know work harder than wine producers - remember wine stems from the ground up. Planting vines, harvesting grapes, building a winery, making great wine, and selling product is truly a labor of love.

A Toast to 40 Years of Winemaking Excellence

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / July 2019

La Crema celebrates 40 years of winemaking this year! The winery's original name, La Crema Viñera, means "best of the vine.”

Down Under and Over the Top

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / May 2019

Lighter easier drinking wines are filling the shelves at our favorite wine shops. There are many wine choices, some we seek out to enjoy for a special occasion, others we stock up on for all occasions.

The Greenest WINE DESTINATION: Mendocino County and Anderson Valley

In Wine Buzz By JoAnn Actis-Grande / April 2019

California’s Mendocino County is widespread and extremely diverse, encompassing 2.4 million acres of land. The area sprawls across narrow valleys, giant redwood forests, and reaches out to the pristine northern California coastline. The scenic route and my favorite way to get there starts at Highway 128 in Cloverdale, at the northern tip of Sonoma County, and continues north until you reach Anderson Valley, an AVA (American Viticultural Area) most known for pinot noir, chardonnay, and Alsatian grape varietals.