Author Archives: Tricia H. Conover

Charles Krug
Food and Wine

Alternative Wine Experiences in Napa Valley

Several celebrated Napa Valley multi-generation-run wineries with deep Napa Valley roots and history have introduced fresh, alternative experiences beyond the traditional wine-tasting visit. The next generation vintners now offer choices for both the luxury-minded and the value conscious traveler. From custom blending workshops and biodynamic gardening seminars to winter cinema… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • September 8, 2018
Basque country
Food and Wine

Rioja Alavesa Wine Region: Spain’s Basque Country Destinations

In 1991, Spain’s Basque Country’s government suggested to the Guggenheim Foundation that they could fund a museum to be built along Bilbao’s port. Obviously in the Foundation’s opinion the culture, cuisine, and stunning landscape of the Basque country, the extreme western end of Spain’s border with France, was an influencing… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • July 18, 2018
Texas wineries
Food and Wine

Texas Wineries Get Smart: Tourism and TEX-MED Wines

With the Texas state population at 28.3 million people and a growing list of fine Texas wineries, several winery trends are happening to draw in the Texas wine drinkers to the new wave of state-made wines. Texas makes wine, you say? Of course! Actually, wine has been in Texas since… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • May 16, 2018
best rosé wine
Food and Wine

The Masters Choose the Best Rosé Wine from Around the World

Dry rosé wines are produced around the world in many wine regions using countless varieties of red grapes. Rosé wines have been the fastest growing category of wine consumption in the last few years. What is not to like? Savoring the flavors and aromas of red grapes in a chilled… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • April 11, 2018
Jane Walker
Food and Wine

Jane Walker Scotch Strides onto the Market

Move over Johnny Walker. Here comes Jane Walker, and she is striding onto the drinks scene in her top hat, tuxedo, and boots. She is a female twist on their famous Johnny Walker logo. Diageo, the world’s largest spirits company, finally announced their new limited edition Whisky brand, Jane Walker,… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • March 12, 2018
Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Menu
Food and Wine

Food and Wine Pairings: The Ultimate Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day Menu

Wine as a Valentine’s gift is always appreciated. But why not make an entire romantic dinner with a menu of libido-enhancing ingredients? It could be titillating to prepare an aphrodisiac Valentine’s Day menu featuring healthy, aphrodisiac foods - oysters, avocado, figs, olives, watermelon, halibut, raspberries, and dark chocolate. I have… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • February 8, 2018
Champagne toast
Food and Wine

Cheers! Pick the Perfect Bubbly for a Champagne Toast

Holiday parties are upon us. Nothing sets the stage more perfectly than walking into a party, pulling a glass of bubbles from an ornate silver tray, and drinking the heady sparkler. I receive more emails requesting sparkler and Champagne suggestions in December than at any other time of the year.… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • December 29, 2017
wine lover
Food and Wine

Holiday Gifts for the Wine Lover

Every holiday I am asked, “What wine should I give as a gift for a friend, colleague, or customer who is a wine lover?” The answer: “Give the gift of their favorite wine, an iconic wine or a wine book.” Always ask preferences. “Will it be a sparkling domestic wine,… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • November 15, 2017
hosting a wine tasting
Food and Wine

8 Tips for Successfully Hosting a Wine Tasting in Your Home

Whether you are a wine novice or a serious wine collector, tasting competition events are fun and instructive. Why not try hosting a wine tasting party in your home? Wine professionals always advise new wine enthusiasts to increase your own “sensory Rolodex©” by sampling as many new wines as possible.… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • September 28, 2017
On The Town

Discover Chihuly in the Forest at the Ozark’s Crystal Bridges Museum

Located in the Ozark woods, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is celebrating the stunning work of artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly and his team of glass blowers are master artists in glass, paint and neon who stretch the possibilities of this media with a vision centered… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • August 23, 2017
Food and Wine

Discover 4 Unique Wines of Greece and their Regional Influences

Greece has long been known for its history and gastronomic expertise, and the emerging importance of the Greek wine industry has added an exciting new dimension. Athens has a thriving wine trail in nearby Attica. Santorini in the Cyclades Islands features a world-class white wine, Assyrtiko, highly sought after and impressively… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • July 19, 2017
white wines for summer
Food and Wine

Anything But Chardonnay: 7 Alternative White Wines for Summer

Are you a Chardonnay drinker? The ABCs of Chardonnay, or “Anything But Chardonnay” movement began several years ago when many brand-level chardonnay producers all wanted to mimic the success of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay with its oaky, buttery creamy flavor and texture. We are fortunate to have in 2017 many faces and facets… Read More
  • Tricia H. Conover |
  • June 24, 2017

About Tricia H. Conover

Tricia H. Conover

Tricia Conover, DipWSET, CSS, Wine and Travel Writer, is the Wine Editor for PRiME Magazine and freelance writer for JustLuxe.com, LuxeGetaways.com, The SommJournal, The Clever Root, and FWT Magazine. She has written extensively about her travels to the wine regions of the US, Italy, Greece, France and Spain. She is a WSET® Diploma of Wine Level 4, Certified Advanced Sommelier wine professional, and a CSS, Certified Spirits Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators. Tricia holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from Purdue University. She is a C.W.P. Certified Wine Professional and studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley and at the UC Davis Viticulture Extension program. Check out her website, and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.