Six Picks from Whole Foods

Whole Foods Wine Picks by Dan Dawson

This is Season 1, Chapter 8 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angles are 1) Anyone can drink unique, delicious wines and I’ll show you how, and 2)  I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each […]

Wines for Thanksgiving and Beyond

Dan The Wine Man Thanksgiving Wines

This is Season 1, Chapter 7 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angles are 1) Anyone can drink unique, delicious wines and I’ll show you how, and 2)  I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each […]

A Great Case of Navarro Wine

Navarro Vineyard

This is Season 1, Chapter 6 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angles are 1) Anyone can drink unique, delicious wines and I’ll show you how, and 2)  I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each […]

Dan The Wine Man – Let’s Go To Raley’s

Raleys Supermarket Wine Section

This is Season 1, Chapter 5 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4-6 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Let’s Go To Raley’s […]

Dan The Wine Man – Picks from The Big Middle

This is Season 1, Chapter 4 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Picks from “The Big […]

Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, Spotlight Carneros

Dan The Wine Man Napa Valley Register

This is Season 1, Chapter 3 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! Spotlight – Carneros Welcome […]

Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, 1.2

This is Season 1, Chapter 2 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! My frequent visits to […]

Dan The Wine Man’s 4 Picks, Volume 1

Dan Dawson Wine Advisor

This is Season 1, Chapter 1 of Dan The Wine Man, a feature written for The Napa Valley Register and other media outlets. My angle is that I include guidance on how to find the wines I recommend. It’s 4 wines each time. Hope you like it and buy my picks! You probably are interested […]

Wine Advisor Service In Living Color

Salmon and Navarro banner image

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Here’s an email correspondence between me and DDWA Member Kurt Zenz House. This is a shining example of the wine advisor services I offer my members. Notice I include some recipe changes to make the wines shine. I do this because I like to! If you’re a member, please don’t […]

Success With Syrah – Two Stories

Lagier Meredith Syrah and olives

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] If you’re a member of the wine industry, or a wine consumer who is aware of the latest trends, I bet you’ve heard this: “Syrah is such a cool grape, but it’s impossible to sell!” My favorite variation of this sentiment is from former Syrah grower & producer Richard Phoenix […]

Livermore Valley Wine Country – Why go?

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] A recent day trip to Livermore Valley’s wine country corrected my misconceptions and also raised a few questions, the most important one being: Why should wine-drinkers go there? With good to great wine being made in all directions, it’s a fair question. If you love wine as I do, or […]

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Edition

Sparkling Wine Banner

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] You know it. I know it. November means it’s time to think about the holidays. When it comes to wine and the holidays, it means one of these things: gifts, party wines, a special bottle to drink now or Champagne & other sparkling wines. I’m here today to cover the […]

Winery Profile: WILSON FOREIGNER

Rancho Chimiles Vineyard

“The smack of Californian earth shall linger on the palate of your grandson.” Robert Louis Stevenson, Silverado Squatters. As you learn about Wilson Foreigner Winery and taste their wines, which I hope you do, keep this quote in your mind. To me it summarizes why they make wine. Let your mind go as you drink […]

Such a Thing as TOO Alcoholic?

DDWA Banner of bottles

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Cycles take longer in the wine business than they do in the stock market. I cut my professional wine teeth in 1992: 26 years ago. In ’92, Robert Parker was a 93+ (with a bullet) for wine influence, and the wines that got the best scores were, generally, really big, […]

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 3

Wine Tasting Guide from Dan Dawson's Wine Advisor

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Wine Country hospitality has a little something for every type of wine, food or nature lover. It’s impressive that the $500/bottle Napa Cab buyer can enjoy lunch out next to a non-wine drinker who’s visiting Napa for its soft natural beauty. This is why when I’m asked, “what wineries do […]

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 2

Wine Tasting Guide from Dan Dawson's Wine Advisor

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Wine Country hospitality has a little something for every type of wine, food or nature lover. It’s impressive that the $500/bottle Napa Cab buyer can enjoy lunch out next to a non-wine drinker who’s visiting Napa for its soft natural beauty. This is why when I’m asked, “what wineries do […]

Your Go-To Wine Tasting Guide and Itinerary, Part 1

Wine Tasting Dawson Wine Advisor

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Wine Country hospitality has a little something for every type of wine, food or nature lover. It’s impressive that the $500/bottle Napa Cab buyer can enjoy lunch out next to a non-wine drinker who’s visiting Napa for its soft natural beauty. This is why when I’m asked, “what wineries do […]

The Value Rating – How It Came To Be

Dan and Value Rating Bottles

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] The foundation of Dan Dawson’s Wine Advisor is exposing my members to great values. Whether it’s a particular bottle of wine or an experience, my members know my recommendation means they will get more than their money’s worth. Selling wine with the value principal is one thing and reviewing wines […]

Visit Napa Valley Up Close – REAL Close

Y Rousseau and Coho Wine Tastings

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] There’s another way to taste in Wine Country, wherever that may be, than the tried & true methods. I have bellied up to many a wine tasting bar and had a fine time. I have also enjoyed the talents of hospitality staff at medium to large wineries in Napa and beyond. […]

Value of Membership – Cold, Hard Numbers

wine glasses red white and rose

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text]Hi there. I just created a hypothetical and realistic DDWA Member “Year In The Life” of redeeming benefits of membership. And with it, a Membership Cost vs Membership Benefits Savings scenario with bar charts. I’ve implemented all the benefits of membership and spread them out over a calendar year. I use […]

Sparkling Wine Every Day

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text]If there was a Drink Sparkling Wine Every Day club, I’d be a card-carrying member. Not that “Bubbles” pass my lips every day, but I try. The infatuation with sparkling wine is common in the wine industry. Winemakers, somms, winery owners, writers…the love for bubbles is consistent. Those of us who […]

Navigating the Sauvignon Blanc Sections

Sauvignon Blanc Display

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text]Enter the wine section of your favorite grocery store (I’ll assume your grocer has a good selection) and you’ll probably find the Sauvignon Blancs in at least two, maybe 3 areas. You’ve got your California SBs, European (mostly French) and Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand, Chile and South Africa). It’s hard enough […]

Burgers and Rosé – Diary of a Wine Daddy

Bucket of cold wine

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text] Diary of a Wine Daddy, Chapter 1 Being a Dad in Wine Country has its advantages. My 6 year old daughter Talia gets invited to one birthday party after pool party after birthday party after play-date after birthday party after another. And tag-along Dad is often Talia’s date. Nothing unique […]

Burgundy on a Budget

[vc_row][vc_column offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-2 vc_col-lg-8 vc_col-md-offset-0 vc_col-md-12″][vc_column_text]Burgundy has many meanings depending on who you ask, even if kept specifically in the wine arena. Here’s what it means to me: good, sometimes great, wine that can be extremely confusing to understand and dizzying-ly expensive.  Here’s a simple breakdown with the help of Mr. Bullet Point and Wikipedia. The goal […]