June 15, 2020

So Your Winery Tasting Room has Reopened? 

6 Hospitality Tips to Practice – Always

It’s been almost 3 months since California's state-issued a SIP (Shelter in Place) order for all winery tasting rooms to close their doors. Now the green light has been turned on for Tasting rooms to reopen with careful care and adherence to the COVID guidelines. 

I think many of us would agree that if you placed one ear to the ground, you could almost...

May 7, 2020


Stop whining and start wining in quarantine. Although you can’t escape to wine country in the middle of a pandemic, you can bring the experience into your home with these virtual wine tastings. Vino lovers and drinking enthusiasts alike can order a tasting package or crack open a bottle of their own as they learn about different wines from exper...

April 29, 2020

Who knew that the way we would all be connecting with our favorite wine fans and wine brand devotees would be through this new "normal' medium we cleverly refer to as "Virtual Wine Tastings"?

If you are anything like us here at The Wine Militia, you knew that it would only be a matter of time before you knew that you needed to put on some big brave pants, swallow your pride and figure out the best way to host your wine sessions. 


April 1, 2020


You miss perusing the grocery store aisles at a leisurely pace. You miss eating out. You miss being served. You miss curling up on a friend’s couch to gossip, drink a glass of wine, and eat some snacks. You miss freedom—the freedom that comes with being able to do whatever you want, when you want. 

But that’s gon...

June 1, 2019

Wine Scream® Podcast pulls the heavy pretentious curtain back on the world of Wine, Food, Events and Hospitality exposing the myths and breaking down the misconceptions behind topics such as Wine and Food Pairing and Wine Trends while storytelling through wine experiences. 

Join the fun loving misfits of wine - Lamar Engel, Advanced Certified Sommelier with The Wine Mi

litia and Sonja Rei Strand, Marketing Director for The Wine Milit...

July 1, 2018

**Watch*** We are making Sangria to stay cool this summer! Watch as we walk through how to make a crowd pleasing Sangria in our own style!

Sangria Recipe (Serving Size = 14 people)

1 750ml Bottle of Merlot

1 750ml Bottle of Zinfandel

1 750ml Bottle of Malbec

1 750ml Bottle of Rum

5 Cups of Orange Juice (No Pulp)

1/2 Cup of Agave Syrup

2 Cups of Strawberries


Pour all three wines and rum into container. Chop up strawberries, apples,...

June 29, 2018


It’s hard not to love the idea of natural wine. Fewer chemicals, less intervention, more environmentally friendly — nebulously defined “natural wines” hit a lot of touchstones for modern drinkers, especially sommeliers.

Natural wines are usually small-production and usually come with a romantic story of a winemaker who has a deep connection with their biodynamic vineyard, and who...

November 27, 2017

By now many of us have witnessed on social media the unfolding of the nightmare wildfires that have affected thousands of our wine country friends and family. From childhood homes being reduced to ashes to the dream winery melting into a river of wine.

All of the fires hit close to home but perhaps the most devastating for Wine Country was the Tubbs Fire & Atlas Fire that has reportedly burned over 34,000 acres. All fire fighters an...

November 3, 2017


When I was a student at Cornell University the most failed class was not some pre-Med Bio class or some advanced mathematics class, but a wines basics class! When I took the class, I found out why (though, for the record, I did not fail!). There is so much memorization involved when it comes to grapes, wine regions, flavor profiles, and the list goes on and on. Funny...

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