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Napa Valley’s Artesa Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper Creates Elegant, Complex and Aromatic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Ana’s expertise and passion for winemaking is clear from the first sips of elegant and impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Carneros Napa Valley

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Suggested Retail Price: $40


Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 Carneros Napa Valley

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Suggested Retail Price $40


Artesa Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are great wines to keep on hand year around for their finesse and versatility with all four seasons, weather and food pairings. They are both perfect for sipping and complementing a variety of foods though out the year.

About the winemaker:

The Artesa winemaking team is led by Ana Diogo-Draper, Director of Wine Making. She was born in Portugal and has been in Napa since 2005. She brings her knowledge and experience to Artesa to truly give us the best expression of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals.

About the vineyards:

Artesa Winery is located on a hilltop along the northern boundary of the newly-created Carneros AVA.

Cool breezes, rocky soils and Ana’s expertise merges to create wines with power and elegance. The rocky soil and cool breezes contribute to a terroir-driven minerality and come together to create versatile and food friendly wine with balanced fruit, fresh acidity and complexity. The rocky soils are perfect for estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They are farmed by block, hand-harvested and fermented by wild yeast and puncheon to preserve the character of every component in the wines.

About the Wines: 

Artesa Chardonnay  2013 is clear lemon color with juicy fresh citrus on the palate and delicate floral aromas on the nose.From the first sip, I was reminded of one of my favorite desserts, homemade lemon bars with refreshing tart lemony custard and a hint of real butter in the background allowing the fruit flavors to to be front and center without being overwhelmed by too much oak (buttery flavor). This is the style of Chardonnay I enjoy.

Artesa Chardonnay 2013 is a food friendly wine and would be the perfect accompaniment for fried chicken, seared scallops with a lemon butter glaze or a butter and garlic-infused seafood linguini with fresh basil.

This is especially a warm weather friendly wine. Great for just sipping with your favorite creamy cheeses or any baked or broiled seafood or chicken dish.

Artesa Pinot Noir 2013 is a lively mix of delicate ripe red cherries and tangy red raspberries with bright ruby red color and fresh berry aromas. I get fresh summer raspberries and cherries on the palate. Artesia Pinot Noir is a perfect balance between fruit and earth.

Although this is a fruit driven wine, the fruit is not overpowering. Hints of warm spices and smoke makes this a perfect summer time wine for marinated, smoky grilled chicken or crispy grilled salmon over a strawberry and goat cheese salad with toasted walnuts and tangy balsamic vinaigrette.  It is also the perfect wine for cool weather food such as oven roasted meats and vegetables or one of my favorites, smoked duck breast with a berry sauce.

I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of the Artesa wines and recommend that you make these your go-to wines for every season, especially now for the summer!


05 2016

An Exclusive Ticket Giveaway to The Triple Sip Event Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville on Friday, April 1, 2016

Wine With Lisa has paired up with @rmhcnashville #triplesip to offer you an exclusive giveaway!

RMHC Triple Sip Logo


About this event: 

Jazz, Wine, Beer, Spirits and Food

Join me on April 1st, 2016 to sip wine, beer, spirits and savor local Nashville culinary delights! Feel good about joining in on a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Tennessee.

In conjunction with Ed Fryer’s opening of the new Village Spirits and Wine in Hillsboro Village, we are so pleased to include wine, beer and spirits. The evening will feature music by jazz musician Denny Jiosa and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of local restaurants. Denny Jiosa is an extremely talented musician, friend and fellow winelover. I am always up for listening to Denny play his tunes.

Check out Denny’s website!

This event has always been my favorite and it also includes a silent auction featuring trips, collectibles, event tickets, dinners, and more.

Some of the local participating restaurants include The Loving Pie Company, Lucky Belly, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Pork Belly Cafe, Music City Bar and Grill, Sam’s Grill/Sam’s Place, Mimi’s Girl Artisan Bakery, Tempered Cafe & Chocolate plus many more are added to the list daily.



Who this benefits:

The Triple Sip supports programs provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, which include the 32-bedroom Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the fifth floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. These two programs “keep families close” by providing essential resources and a “home away from home” for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville-area hospitals.

Here’s How to win a pair of coveted tickets:

  1. Tweet   “Exclusive Ticket Giveaway” to @winewithlisa  @rmhcnashville #triplesip 
  2. Go to and in the comment section post your email and twitter handle.
  3. This contest begins today Monday, March 14th and will end Thursday March 24th at 5pm CST.
  4. The winner will be randomly chosen and notified by March 25, 2016. Good luck!
  5. Please note: You MUST be 21 years old to enter!

Or, To purchase a ticket for this not-to-miss event:

Tickets are $60 in advance via or are $70 at the door.

NOTE: We release TWITTER by each entrant or participant. We acknowledge that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering, you are confirming that you are indeed 21+ years of age, release from any and all responsibility, and you are adhering to Twitter’s terms of use.




03 2016

2014 Septima Obra Malbec from Argentina is Art in a Glass

Septima Obra Malbec is named a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy, Wine Spectator Best Value and Top Value 

Wine Enthusiast Wine Spectator


Luscious Malbec from Argentina

Septima Obra Malbec 2014

100% Malbec from the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina

As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself wanting to drink wines that pair well with what I consider to be a perfect evening for outdoor cooking, or at the least, sitting outside to enjoy the moderate weather before full-blown summer makes it way to my part of the world.  Mediterranean-seasoned mixed grill of lamb chops, steak with zucchini and squash or a well made juicy burger piled high with cool, crispy vegetables will soon be on my spring time  dinner plate!

Mendoza’s Septima Obra Malbec is a luscious red wine that is moderately concentrated with detectable minerality supported by expressive fresh black fruits and hints of purple flowers. This is just what I need to confirm that spring is near and I am ready to come out of hibernation to yet another beautiful springtime.

My love for an uncomplicated wine-food pairing  always brings me to Argentina’s signature red grape varietal, Malbec.

Septima Obra defines the character of this discerning grape varietal from the premier Agrelos, Luján de Cuyo of Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes.  

Wine is art and terroir is the palette……when wine is crafted for sensory appeal and from creative inspiration.

The Cordorniu Raventos’ family winemaker, Paula Borgo, has combined the art, science, sustainability of winemaking into a work of art in a glass. She takes the Malbec grape and personalizes it to the family vineyard’s vision to express this wine-making region that she lives and breathes.

The sand loamy soil on steep slopes as well as day and night temperature diurnal differences is the magic that creates a wine with characteristics cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Lush blackberries, mixed berry jam with a touch of floral vanilla, violets and dark cocoa with just the right amount of tannin texture in the mouth that makes you want more.

Grab the cheese plate, fire up the grill, fire pit and just simply enjoy.

Suggested retail price: $24.99



03 2016