CLOSED FOR BUSINESS!
Thanks to all those wonderful people that booked my wine tour or home party.
As I always said: "I'm not sure whose having more fun!"
Look for my guide services coming soon to the
Umpqua Valley AVA (Surrounding Roseburg, OR).
It all started back in my college days when my professor suggested I try some Gamay Beaujolais. I haven't stopped exploring new wines since. That was in the 1970's! I've done a lot of "research" since then and have followed my passion to California, Oregon, Virginia, Arizona, Italy, Canada, France, and beyond.
I entered the wine industry in 2001 pouring wine at Raymond Burr Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. After many years introducing new wines to visitors to the tasting rooms of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in California I began my days as a wine guide in 2007 as the owner/operator of Oregon Wine Country Tours out of Roseburg, Oregon. I returned to California and the Dry Creek Valley to continue my van-based wine tours for 3 three years only to return to Southern Oregon where I created Splash Wine Tours Currently, I am offering active wine tours to the Rhône Valley in France.
These days I offer walking wine tours of the Bend wine scene. There are only two small wineries operating in the surrounding countryside, so I sold my 14 passenger van and took to the pavement. Join me for a fun and educational wine tour of Bend's tasting rooms.
You can also book an in-home wine tasting seminar. Lots of fun and educational, as well!
I love to talk wine! I share a variety of topics from tasting tips to local wine tasting reviews.
Here's an excerpt from my current blog:
"Winter is here! For the grapes it's time to take a rest from all that hard work of making all those plump juicy berries.
We say they are "dormant." This is why they can survive the severity of Winter and come back swinging in the Spring.
Not much is happening at this time, perhaps a little root growth if the soil is not too cold. It is the time that the old growth is pruned back."
Gather your friends together and sign up for the wine adventure of a lifetime with my week long tasting experience in the South
Bienvenue fellow wine enthusiasts and active tourists. Allow me to share my passion for wine and be your guide on an amazing adventure to Province in France. I offer a customized itinerary for your group (4 to 8), such as wine clubs. My style of touring is "home-based." Unpack once and explore from a central location. Your lodging is complete with full kitchen, where the group can prepare meals or decide to eat out. Daily forays into the surrounding picturesque countryside (bring your camera), will find us hiking or biking in the mornings and wine tasting in the afternoons.