Thanksgiving Wine Ideas on Good Day Sacramento

by Laurie on November 6, 2017

Wine Suggestions:

Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Gnarly Head Chardonnay 2016

Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir 2016

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2015


TRAVEL – Nashville: Wine, Women & Strings

by Laurie on July 10, 2017

I recently traveled to Nashville for a girls getaway trip with my Mom and to say we had a good time would be an understatement! In case you are planning a trip to Nashville in the near future I wanted to share a few of the highlights from our trip. Whether you are interested in the music history of Nashville, want to explore the culinary hot spots or just take in a show there is something for everyone.

GIG Museum at Belmont University


The newest addition to the Nashville music scene is The Gallery of Iconic Guitars (The GIG).  Home to the largest collection of vintage guitars in America, The GIG also happens to be one of the country’s best designed museums, where visitors can check out more than 500 string instruments, including a 39 Martin, a Gibson mandolin signed by Lloyd Loar, and a 1960 Les Paul Standard. GIG was  designed by the Nashville-based Advent, one of the country’s leading an experiential design firms. The curved spaces and warm woodwork of the museum set off the cool lines of the instruments. If you time it right, you might just be there when the instruments come alive in the performance space when artists, including country legends like superstar artists Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs, pick them back to life. Take a quick tour by video here:


Baked Pimento Cheese at Merchant

Looking for a delicious cocktail with some light fare before taking in a show or Predators hockey game? Check out Merchants Restaurant on Broadway in the heart of the action. They have 3 floors but we opted for the more casual bistro first floor and were not disappointed. If you ask for one of the window seats–they are the perfect place to people watch while you enjoy their southern cuisine. Definitely try the Baked Pimento Cheese or Double Deviled Eggs along with one of their creative cocktails or local brews. Dating back to the late 1880s this building was the home to many businesses and in the 1920s it was a hotel where many famous musicians stayed while performing in Nashville.

Scallops at Etch

Looking for fine dining in the music city? There is no shortage of upscale dining in Nashville so, with just a few nights, I chose to go to the highly recommended Etch Restaurant. Chef Deb Paquette is the brains behind the deliciousness that awaits you at Etch. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Deb not only has over 30 years of experience but was also the first woman in TN to qualify as a certified executive Chef. We started the meal with her roasted cauliflower that I still dream of to this day which was followed by the scallops with porcini & caramelized onion farro. The wine list is notable with great bottle selections and an impressive number of wine-by-the-glass choices too. The restaurant is walking distance from the Ryman and the honky tonks on Broadway as well as the Bridgestone Arena.


We attended a benefit concert called Georgia On My Mind at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The Grand Old Opry was housed at the Ryman Auditorium until it moved in the 1970s. The Ryman remains a must visit while in Nashville as it is the heart of the downtown music scene. Built in the late 1880s as a place of worship it was transformed in the 1920s to what some refer to as the Carnegie of the South. The Ryman has been home to music greats like Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and is also where Johnny Cash met June Carter. They offer tours daily so even if you can’t take in a show, you can still experience the Ryman!


Wine Cooler & Wine Serving Temperatures 101

June 5, 2017

Ever wonder whether you are serving your wine at the right temperature? In my experience leading wine events around the country many times white wine is served too cold and red wine too warm. Here is a quick and handy chart crafted by the folks at where they sell lots of wine coolers where […]

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Mother’s Day Wine Pairings for all the Moms in your life!

May 8, 2017

Mother’s Day is coming up and sometimes it seems difficult to find just the right treat for Mom But have no fear Laurie Forster is here to help us choose the right gift for all the Moms in your life—your Mom, your mother-in-law, your BFF and maybe a little something for YOU! For your Mother-in-law: […]

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7 People You Don’t Want to Be at a Wine Festival

September 9, 2016

Fall festival season is in full swing and chances are there is a wine festival or trade wine tasting in your future. I’ve been going to and speaking at wine festivals all over the country for years. In fact next week I will be at the Hershey Wine & Food Festival and then at Euphoria Greenville […]

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Back to School Wines for Mom

August 31, 2016

Getting your kids back to school is not easy task! Buying all the supplies, agreeing on the length of your daughters skirt and packing healthy lunches can require the patience of a saint. To help make it through the beginning of the school year it’s important to schedule time for yourself to unwind with a great […]

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Chloe Wines – Georgetta Dane

July 30, 2016

Chloe Wine Collection creates affordable wines that are classic, balanced and all wrapped up in a bow. The winemaker behind Chloe Wines in none other than Georgetta Dane. Georgetta’s path to Chloe Wines started in her home country of Romania and involved her husband’s night out at the pub with his buddies. Listen to her […]

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Interview: Rosé for Summer – Wines of Provence

June 18, 2016

Summer is officially here on Monday, so break out the Rosé! Great Rosé wines are wonderful any time of year but especially in the warmer months. If there is a mecca for pink wines than it would be in Provence, France. No other wine region is so tied to the wonderful soft pink hues Rosé […]

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Interview: Jean Trimbach of Maison F.E. Trimbach in Alsace

June 11, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jean Trimbach of Maison F.E. Trimbach in Alsace, France at Bistrot Lepic in Washington, DC. During our interview (audio below) we talked about the history of this famed wine estate, the style of his wines and why he believes these wine should be on your dinner table. Jean […]

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Don’t Miss Out on The Sipping Point Podcast!

June 8, 2016

We are switching platforms for The Sipping Point and in order to continue listening you’ll need to do ONE thing…right now! Go to the iTunes store and find The Sipping Point podcast…click Subscribe. That’s right even if you are already subscribed you’ll need to do it again so you don’t miss any of our great […]

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Interview: Jordan Winery – Lisa Mattson

June 2, 2016

Lisa Mattson is the marketing brains behind Jordan Winery’s award winning BLOG, spirited wine videos and their popular club newsletter. These are just a few of the things she does to keep their winery top of mind when you are shopping for a great Cabernet or Chardonnay. In her spare time Lisa has written a […]

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The Wines of Horse Heaven Hills with Mimi Nye of Chateau Ste Michelle

April 22, 2016
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