White Wine Sangria

stone fruit Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner which means the start of sangria season! This bubbly, boozy libation is a favorite for summer outdoor parties, picnics and gatherings. While delicious food is always a requirement, it’s not quite a rocking Memorial Day weekend shindig without tasty beverages to enjoy on the side. […]

Cranberry Wine Spritzer

3, 2, 1, Happy New Year! The countdown begins this week and what better way to pay homage to the start of 2017 than with a little bubbly? New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to gather with friends and loved ones and break out the sparkling wine and champagne. When it comes to celebrating, […]

Melissa’s Top Holiday Gifts 2016

December is right around the corner which means the holiday season has officially begun! It’s time to get started on that search for the perfect gift for that special someone. Although the holiday season can sometimes illicit stress as everyone agonizes over crowded stores, long lines and last minute shopping, this year can be different. Planning […]

Melissa’s Holiday Gifts for 2015

With the holiday season finally here, it’s time to get shopping for that perfect gift. While you may feel tempted to head to the mall or local shopping center to get your shopping done, there are also many great buys you can find online in the comfort of your own home. No large crowds or […]

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with the loved ones and sharing an abundant meal with one another. While turkey is usually the star of the show, it’s the side dishes and accompaniments that often steal the spotlight. Anyone who’s put together a Thanksgiving dinner knows that time is of the utmost essence. After all, […]

Father’s Day Dinner: Cedar Plank Salmon

It has often been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This couldn’t be more true on Father’s Day, which is right around the corner. Father’s Day is the day to show our appreciation for Dad and the best gift you could give him is a full stomach. After all, […]

Wally’s Napa/Sonoma All Stars Tasting Highlights

The 5th annual Wally’s Napa/Sonoma All-Stars Wine Tasting took place earlier this week at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and featured around 150 of the greatest wine producers in California. Wine connoisseurs had the opportunity to sample wines poured by many of the winemakers themselves, as well as taste cheeses from Bellwether Farms in Sonoma County […]