50 Shades Down Under

2018 December - Australia and New Zealand

Mudgee Region, AU - November 24

  • Logan Wines
  • First Ridge
  • The Cellar by Gilbert
  • Heslop

Orange Region AU - November 25

  • Orange Mountain
  • Bloodwood
  • DeSalis
  • Rowlee

Hunter Valley Region AU, Day 1 - November 26

  • Usher Tinkler
  • Cockfighter's Ghost
  • Lake's Folly (Rod Kempe winemaker)

Hunter Valley Region AU, Day 2 - November 27

  • Gartelmann Wines
  • Mount Pleasant
  • The Small Winemakers Centre - (Wineries: Little Wine Co, Thomas Wines, Silkman, David Hook)
  • Pepper Tree
  • Tower Estate

Marlborough NZ, Day 1 - November 28

  • Forrest
  • Fromm
  • Te Whare Ra
  • Hans Herzog
  • No. 1 (Sparkling only)
  • Rock Ferry

Marlborough NZ, Day 2 - November 29

  • Jackson Estate

Martinborough NZ, Day 1 - November 29

  • Schubert
  • Poppies
  • Alexander (Mike Finucane winemaker/owner)
  • Cambridge Road
  • Colombo
  • Te Kairanga
  • Muirlea Rise

Martinborough NZ, Day 2 - November 30

  • Palliser
  • Ata Rangi
  • Margrain

50 Shades of CA

2017 September - Central Coast California

Silver Horse

Sinor LaVallee

The place near the airport - we heard flyover jets real close

Wolff Vineyards

Kynsi Winery

Sextant Wines

Edna Valley


Laetitia Vineyard & Winery

Filipponi Ranch

Biddle Ranch

50 Shades of Paso Robles

2016 September - Paso Robles

50 Shades of Napa & Sonoma

2013 September - Napa & Sonoma

Saturday 9/28/13

Robert Young

J. Rickards

Sunday 9/29/13

750 Wines

Monday 9/30/13


Truett Hurst

Sapphire Hill


Tuesday 10/1/13

Walt Wines


Kamen Estate

Wednesday 10/2/13


Black Kite



Thursday 10/3/13




Bella Vineyards

Dutcher Crossing

Friday 10/4/13


Behren's Family


Heitz Cellars

50 Shades Invades California

2012 September - California


  1. Abby Wilkerson on June 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    You ARE crazy – and you may not like wine anymore after Tuesday :). I really, REALLY recommend adding Cakebread to your itinerary. Besides being the only place that gave us a full tour of the winery – and serving 6 half glasses of excellent wine (hiccup) – they have a culinary pairing class the Monica would probably love. Also, if you have room, try Peju – check out the yodling wine tastings on YouTube. He’s a hoot, and the merlot is nice. I wish we’d made it to Stag’s Leap and Silver Oak. Don’t bother with Beringer – way commercial.

    • monicaricci on August 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Abs! Sorry about the delay in replying! M mistake! Thanks for the info & so glad you enjoyed YOUR trip to wine country!
      ~ Mon

  2. M on July 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Nice itinerary! We’re heading up that way at the end of July and have several of these on our list, but we are no where near as ambitious. 😉 I’ve got Far Niente and Stags Leap (SL Wine Cellars, we are undecided about SL Winery) on the list. Thanks for listing this – you’ve given me some new wineries to check out before we go!

    • monicaricci on July 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Ooooh Far Niente! We had tried to do Stag’s Leap several years ago when we were out there, but it was SO crazy crowded none of us wanted to even venture inside. (We’re old and cranky, ya know) 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

      • M on July 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        Thanks! I’m hoping Judgement of Paris craziness had calmed down… 😉 Have a great trip yourself! I look forward to see your posts when yall return.

        • monicaricci on July 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          We will be blogging from California so don’t tune out sister! 🙂

  3. Nikki on August 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I hope you have a designated driver!!!! This trip looks amazing. You will have so much fun. I can’t wait to read more!

    • monicaricci on August 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      OH YES WE DO have a D.P.D. (Designated PAID Driver). She’s not part of our group, so there is no chance she’ll have a weak moment and drink. She’s an *actual* driver and she will be worth every penny!

  4. Erin from Robert Young on August 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    You guys are awesome and that’s why we love you. Can’t wait for September 12th!

    • smartaleckl on September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Erin – We had the most fabulous time (and the most awesome first taste of the 2009 Burn Pile!) We wish you could have been there! We will be back 🙂

  5. Erin from Robert Young on September 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Oh I’m so glad! When I heard we weren’t releasing Bob’s until the 14th, I told Jeff we need to make sure we had a secret bottle here on the 11th. I wish I could have been there! I got a lot of texts and saw all the Tweets.

    Thank you for your awesome scheduling and communication- I’m glad it all worked out and it sounds like your trip is going off without a hitch. I’ll see you next time. =)

    All hail Bob’s! Cheers!

  6. Laura on September 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    50 Shades is at it again! Be safe out there and we’re going to be looking for new videos! Have a glass or three for me! – Laura