National Wine Day


National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25.

Each year, on this day, people enjoy a glass of their favorite wine with dinner, for dessert, with friends, at a restaurant, at home or at a wine-tasting event. The wine has a rich history dating back thousands of years!  (There is also a separate, yet similar, National Wine Day which is celebrated each year in February).

We are celebrating National Wine Day by sharing some of the Wines we tasted and Vineyards visited while traveling in Northern California’s Wine Country.

Napa Valley Sign Image by katie Shea Design 1

 O’Brien Estate, Napa Valley CA

O Brien Estates Napa Image by Katie Shea Design 1

O Brien Estates Napa Image by Katie Shea Design 3

 Ceja Vineyards

Ceja Vineyards  Chardonnay Napa Ca Image by Katie Shea Design

 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Image by Katie Shea DesignTrinitas Cellars

Trinitas Cellars  Chardonnay Image by katie Shea Design 3

Trinitas Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Image by katie Shea Design 2Chimney Rock 


Duckhorn Vineyards Tasting Flight Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa 2010 IL PASSITO Reserve, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon image by Katie Shea Design Sweet Dessert Wine   AWARD WINNER-2014 American Fine Wine Competition -

Castello di Amorosa 201 il Barone Image by Katie Shea DesignJoseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Image by Katie Shea Design

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvigon 1999 image shot by Katie Shea DesignPassaggio Wines

Passaggio New Generation Sauvignon Blanc Wine maker Cindy Cosco

Passaggio Sangioves and Pinot Noir image by katie Shea DesignLedson Winery & Vineyards

Ledson Winery Zinfandel Image by Katies Shea Design

Ledson Winery and Vineyards image by katie Shea Design 2Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay image by Katie Shea Design

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Image by Katie Shea Design

 Silver Oak Cellars

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  Image by Katie Shea Design

Silver Oak Cellars Image by Katie Shea DesignKenwood Vineyards

kenwood Pinot Noir and Merlot Image by katie Shea Design

Kenwood Pinot Gris Image by Katie Shea Design 2

Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Merlot Caabernet Sauvignon Syrah and Pinot Noir Image by Katie Shea DesignCakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Image by Katie Shea DesignMKT Restaurant-Bar

When visiting California’s Wine Country we recommend to either begin or end your visit with a MKT Restaurant-Bar dining experience that can be paired with some of the finest Vineyards/Wineries.

MKT Restaurant Wine List Image by Katie Shea Design

MKT Restaurant San Francisco Image by Katie Shea Design 2

You are Invited to Visit Katie Shea Design”s National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board.  Pinterest Place Boards can be used as a tool to plan your next Wine Tour!

National Wine Day Pinterest Place Board by Katie Shea Design

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz

Tweet Chat of Distinction #TuscanSunChat

Congratulations  From Katie Shea Design

To Frances & Edward Mayes on the Release of Their New Book

“The Tuscan Sun CookBook”

In Celebration of their New Book Frances & Edward participated in a Tweet Chat  March 13 th P.M. EST

For My readers that do not know what a Tweet Chat is I will explain.

Twitter tweet chat is a pre-arranged chat that happens on Twitter through the use of Twitter updates (called tweets) that include a predefined hashtag to link those tweets together in a virtual conversation.

Formal Twitter tweet chats are arranged in advance and occur at a specific time. They may include a formal agenda with a specific leader or “speaker”, or they might involve a free flowing discussion between all participants.

The  #TuscanSunChat  took Place last night on Twitter.  More info

Signorello Estate of Napa was Lead Sponsor for Frances & Ed Mayes’s Live Tweet up to celebrate the release their new cookbook “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook”.


     Hosts:   Chef Robin White / @canapes45                                                                          Cynthia Bogart /@thedailybasics 

   Chef Michael McMillan /  @SignorelloChef 

 For those of you who might have missed the #TuscanSunChat

you may visit


#TuscanSunChat transcript:  to have fun reading  some of last night’s Tweets By:

 @francismayes & @Edwardmayes 

Authors of : ” The Tuscan Sun CookBook” as wells  as all that participated.

Just a few Tweets fom  the #TuscanSunChat:

Command Central  @SigVin w/ @canapes45@CordairGallery @alawine @deblovespinot @VitaeVino @JE_Uncorked

                                               Command Central

Napa Meet the players! #tuscansunchat

#TuscanSunChat #wine & Pizza! Yay!

 #tuscansunchat @sigvin 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon perfect 4 a chat w/ @francesmayes & @edwardmayes about their new book.

#TuscanSunChat beautiful pizza recipe brought to life by@SignorelloChef

Frances website:

Ed’s Olive oil

Chef Robin White ‘s  ‏ @canapes45

Big Announcement!!!

OK Big Announcement!!  Meet @francesmayes in person @sigvin on:

July 22, 2012  for dinner prepared from the book by @signorellochef  #tuscansunchat

@canapes45:  Frances will also be doing Pizza party book signing @sigvin wine tasting 21st July tix will be available soon#tuscansunchat

@canapes45:  Tickets @napafest. tickets are limitedand will go very fast. This ticket includes Joshua Bell concert first #tuscansunchat

‏ @thedailybasics Week of July 20th? @AVIA_Napa: Come for the food and the wine. Stay with us for @Napafest #tuscansunchat

@thedailybasics  Hosted at Signorello Estate! @francesmayesin person @SigVin July 22 for dinner @SignorelloChef#tuscansunchat

@canapes45:  We’re Partnering w/ @napafest & @sigvin to have a great party not only here but virtually around the world. #tuscansunchat

@canapes45: thank you everyone for attending I hope you all enjoyed your time with @francesmayes and @edwardmayes Cheers and good night!#tuscansunchat

@THE DAILY BASICS ‏  said: @sigvin Signorello Estate has been so kind to sponsor a tweet up during this chat and sponsoring this chat THANK YOU SO MUCH! #tuscansunchat

@Edward Mayes ‏ : RT @francesmayes@canapes45 We are going to have a grand time at Signorello on 22 July. Over-the-top entertainment!#tuscansunchat

Cathy Bennett Fusco ‏ :  @francesmayes Can’t wait to see you tomorrow in Wilmington, DE!!! #tuscansunchat

 Francis & Edward Maye’s Book tour Schedule

Dine with @FrancesMayes in Napa!

July 22,  2012 @SigVin

  Ticket includes Joshua Bell Concert…..

Dinner, Wine And Signed Cookbook

Tickets & Info

More Links:

Festival del Sole  @napafest

Napa Valley Festival del Sole is an annual celebration of music, #wine, food, dance and wellness for an authentic feast for the senses.

July 13-22, 2012

Napa, California ·

Editor of Distinction Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics

What is The Daily Basics?

This growing community is developing a unique lifestyle environment on and off the web. Strategical live and virtual events  are included in this eco-system where communities of people from all avenues in lifestyle are engaged.

The Daily Basics is all about Lifestyle – the quality, differences, style and trends on how people are actually living.  Never before has there been a directory of key lifestyle bloggers integrated into an eco-system where the average person can easily engage with the best daily conversation online in one destination.   To quote Cynthia “We are not replacing the magazine, we are simply a new way of delivering content to readers with same warm and cozy experience they got from their paper magazines but in a deeper more meaningful way”.

Cynthia Bogart:  Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Basics

If  you’ve opened up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style or Kitchen & Bath Ideas, you might have seen a few of the articles The Daily Basics editor, Cynthia Bogart has been producing for the last 18 years.  Cynthia’s job was to find homes and trends; style and work with top photographers, shoot the stories and then write the manuscript for many of the articles you’ve been reading all these years.  Is it any wonder that when the trend turned from paper to online that she was a few steps ahead of everyone else?  Cynthia’s vision is to give YOU,  the reader,  fresh cutting edge content from people who are lifestyle & home experts every day,  five days a week.

Basically Loves:  Living a great quality lifestyle based on old fashioned principles in a new trendy way!

March 13th 2012 8PM EST  Cynthia Bogart AKA  The Daily Basics  and  Chef Robin White  @canapes45  will be Hosting  the #TuscanSunChat  Tweet Chat  moderating an hour long event to celebrate the release of the new book:

“The Tuscan Sun Cookbook”.   Authors Frances and Edward Mayes will jump on to Twitter to chat with all their fans, ready to answer your candid questions.

To follow all the action on the night of the Tweet Chat you will want to make sure to “follow”  on @Twitter .

Lead Sponsor for the Tweet Chat is Signorello Estates, in Napa, known for their great wines.   Follow them on Twitter @SigVin.

To join in the chat, go to at 8PM EST on March 13th and login.

Search the hashtag #TuscanSunChat.

 Follow along with:

Hosts :

Cynthia Bogart  @thedailybasics

Chef Robin White  @canapes45

Authors :

Frances Mayes  @francesmayes

Edward Mayes @Edwardmayes

Chef Michael McMillan  @SignorelloChef  from the  Lead Sponsor for the Tweet Chat  Signorello Estates, in Napa, known for their great wines.   Follow them on Twitter @SigVin.

Chef  Robin White’s Web Page:  has very specific    #TuscanSunChat  instructions  as well as a link  for TWITTER LESSONS.

Hope You Join The  March 13th 8PM EST  #TuscanSunChat!