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A taste of Fiddlehead & talk with Kathy Joseph

by  |  27-04-2022

If you work in the wine trade, Fiddlehead Cellars is very much a known entity. As one of the founding wineries of Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Southern California, winemaker Kathy Joseph and her wines... more » If you work in the wine trade, Fiddlehead Cellars is very much... more »

The state of Petaluma Gap AVA 2022

by  |  08-03-2022

Napa Valley has long-claimed the wealth of headlines about California wine. The irony in this is that it produces but 4% of all wine in California each year. Sonoma County to the west of Napa... more » Napa Valley has long-claimed the wealth of headlines about California wine. The... more »

Revisiting an urban favorite: Broc Cellars

by  |  15-02-2022

Back in 2011, I was spending a good deal of time at a local San Francisco bar called, Koko Cocktails. Beyond enjoying a drink, my reasons for this were twofold. Number one with a bullet... more » Back in 2011, I was spending a good deal of time at... more »
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A taste and talk with Tablas Creek

by  |  03-02-2022

The first time I visited Paso Robles was in the early summer of 1994. I’d just graduated rom high school and found myself in possession of a car that was too fast for my age.... more » The first time I visited Paso Robles was in the early summer... more »

A visit to Vine Hill Ranch

by  |  21-01-2022

When talking about vineyards in Napa Valley, inevitably one name will always come up: To-Kalon. Known for being the source of many sought-after wines and more infamously for being the source of protracted legal battles... more » When talking about vineyards in Napa Valley, inevitably one name will always... more »

A look at The Language of Yes 2020

by  |  07-01-2022

I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order and try the new “Language of Yes” wines coming from the Rancho Réal vineyard in Santa Barbara County. They’re being produced by legendary... more » I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order... more »

A book review of “On California”

by  |  18-11-2021

Following in the footsteps of, "On Bordeaux", the Académie du Vin Library has now released a new book in a similar vein called, "On California". While Bordeaux and California are on opposite sides of the... more » Following in the footsteps of, "On Bordeaux", the Académie du Vin Library... more »
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Bringing the restaurant to the winery

by  |  28-09-2020

What’s a winery? When you arrive to Napa Valley for the first time, don’t be shocked that no winery has a restaurant at it. Why? Surely, there’s a great synergy to be found in having... more » What’s a winery? When you arrive to Napa Valley for the first... more »

In The Glass: Jack Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

by  |  24-08-2020

My last trip to Napa Valley was for a wine writing symposium which meant staying in the valley for an entire week. For someone from San Francisco used to day trips up there, it was... more » My last trip to Napa Valley was for a wine writing symposium... more »

A book review of “Women Winemakers: Personal Odysseys”

by  |  14-05-2020

We're at a point in time, where anyone who pulls out the "Some women in wine!" listicle on International Women's Day needs to be shamed. Actually I take that back, they need to be pilloried... more » We're at a point in time, where anyone who pulls out the... more »