Kristy DeVaney

Kristy DeVaney Kristy DeVaney is the author of the blog Cakegrrl.

Web Site: http://cakegrrl.com


An Introduction to Sicilian Wines

Nov 10, 2016
An Introduction to Sicilian Wines

Thanks to a Twitter tasting sponsored by Wines of Sicily, I was introduced to some wines I had never tried before and some varietals of which I had never heard. I also learned a little bit more about how wines are labeled in Sicily, and that there are nearly 50 native grape varietals unique...

Flights By Night #6: Apothic Inferno and Primal Moussaka

Oct 31, 2016
Flights By Night #6: Apothic Inferno and Primal Moussaka

Happy Halloween! Today’s Flights by Night is brought to you by Apothic Inferno. This wine was inspired by the whiskey-making techniques of barrel-aging and is aged in white oak, whiskey barrels. The barrels are charred with flames and first used to age whiskey for years prior to being used to age the wine. “Those...

Experience the Stunning Views of San Francisco at the Cityscape Lounge

Oct 18, 2016
Experience the Stunning Views of San Francisco at the Cityscape Lounge

A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of a media preview at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square for the unveiling of their 46th floor lounge, Cityscape. Cityscape is located inside tower one of the Hilton (which also happens to be the largest hotel on the West Coast). It’s hard to...

Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa Revitalized with a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Oct 5, 2016
Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa Revitalized with a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Recently, Andy and I had a chance to experience the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa’s stunning remodel. The property, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, has within the last few months, revealed a stunning new resort-style pool and courtyard that will serve as the hub of upcoming weddings, events and activities––from...

Two Upcoming October Food Events in Sacramento, Mark Your Calendars!

Oct 2, 2016
Two Upcoming October Food Events in Sacramento, Mark Your Calendars!

Sacramento is a food lover’s paradise this time of year and there are two upcoming events I’d like to tell you about happening this month. Special thanks to The Grid Agency for passing along the information to me! The first event is called A Taste of New Sacramento in Old Sacramento. It will take...

Gundlach Bundschu Winery: Wines Deeply Rooted in History

Sep 25, 2016
Gundlach Bundschu Winery: Wines Deeply Rooted in History

Gundlach Bunschu’s story began way back in 1858 when Jacob Gundlach purchased 400 acres in Sonoma and named it Rhinefarm. He then returned to Bavaria (in Germany) married, and traveled through Germany and France with his new wife Eva, buying up the rootstock they would need to plant on the land in Sonoma when...

Sacramento Hotel Association Fundraiser Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser set for September 29th at Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Sep 20, 2016
Sacramento Hotel Association Fundraiser Farm-to-Fork Fall Fundraiser set for September 29th at Hyatt Regency Sacramento

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Hotel Association is proud to announce that the Association is expanding its community service activities with a new fundraiser as part of its program: The Hospitality Industry Helping in the Community.  For 2016, the new fall fundraiser—set for September 29 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento—will benefit two...

Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop takes Place on October 1st, 2016

Sep 15, 2016
Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop takes Place on October 1st, 2016

Join us on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from noon to 4:00pm for the Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop. This annual event brings nearly 1,000 local and visiting participants to sip wine and sample local food tastings while enjoying shopping in historic downtown Truckee. Over the past 13 years, the event has donated more...

Walt Wines Root 101 Tasting: Wines of a Place

Sep 13, 2016
Walt Wines Root 101 Tasting: Wines of a Place

I have never experienced such an interesting wine tasting as the one I’m going to feature in this blog post. For a few years now, we have worked with HALL Wines and attended their events at the winery such as the Annual Cabernet Cookoff Fundraiser and the Kathryn Hall Cabernet Release Parties. We were...

Lots of Eating and Drinking (and Eating and Drinking) at Eat Drink SF

Sep 11, 2016
Lots of Eating and Drinking (and Eating and Drinking) at Eat Drink SF

It was a tasty scene for fans of food, wine, beer and spirits August 25 – 28, 2016 at Eat Drink SF. The event was held at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Andy and I attended on the last day of the event on a Sunday afternoon and were introduced to some restaurants we...

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