Tracy Byrnes

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Going to Premiere Napa Valley this year for the first time was such an amazing experience for me: I spent three days at parties tasting ridiculous wines -- what could be bad?. But I wanted to better understand why people from the trade think...
You know that bottle you’ve been holding for a special occasion? Well the time has come. This Saturday is Open That Bottle Night. And yes – you are going to open THAT bottle. OTBN was created back in 1999, by Dorothy J. Gaiter...
I had the great pleasure of going out to Napa for the Premier Napa Valley Barrel Auction. The event is a live auction of wines, donated by the vineyards and not available on the market. The wines are auctioned off in lots...
Today is National Pizza Day -- which is silly fun. And pizza totally deserves its own day because it is that fabulous. Even more fabulous is pairing wine with your favorite slices. My go-to is always a good Chianti, especially if theres...
From Barolos, Barbarescos and those banging 2010 Brunellos to the Super-Tuscans and even Merlots and Syrahs, Italy is putting out some amazing wines these days.  And their whites  -- like the Vermentinos, Pinot Grigos and Proseccos  -- are finally getting...
Thankfully, more and more people are drinking wine at their Super Bowl parties. So if you’re hosting, you better make sure you’re pulling some corks. But this notion that you need to have one wine that pairs with the guacamole, another...
The first Saturday in February is World Pisco Sour Day. The cocktail is made from Pisco, a non-aged brandy, and while you may not have a bottle in your home bar just yet, it's high time you get one. Pisco is smooth and slightly fruity spirit and...
The United States currently is the world’s dominant wine producer and the American wine drinker is its dominant consumer. But that doesn’t mean we should rest on our laurels. Between the web, agnostic millennials and the strong dollar, there's a huge opportunity for...
It’s that time of year again. Girl Scouts everywhere are beginning to sell their famous cookies. And while you certainly should support their entrepreneurial ventures, you should also be thinking about how you can take the cookies to the...
Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist said, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” The South African economy has climbed many hills.  Even today, with mining as the main...