Tag Archives: California

Regional Profile: Santa Ynez Valley

Where: “Part Two” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley AVA runs parallel with the southern California coast as it veers abruptly east in line with the Transverse Ranges’ Santa Ynez Mountains. The coastal city of Santa Barbara itself is … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Megan Glaab

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Vanessa Wong

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Mourvèdre

Color: Red   Grown in: Provence, southern Rhône, Languedoc-Rousillon (France); Spain; California and Washington (U.S.); Australia   A.K.A.: Monastrell (Spain), Mataro (Spain, Australia, U.S.)   Profile: Mourvèdre loves hot weather. It’s thick-skinned and takes a while to ripen, so the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Winery Profile: The Scholium Project

Who: The Scholium Project   What: Scholars of Exploration, Undertaking the Overlooked   Where: Scattered vineyards throughout northern California   Why: Because Abe Schoener is like a giddy, wide-eyed child, always ready to experience anything, always up for any adventure … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Corison

Who: Corison Winery   What: Old-Soul Napa Cabs with Class   Where: Rutherford and St. Helena (Napa), California   Why: Because Cathy Corison is simply “good people.” Because she is honest, even if she’s not giving you an easy answer. … Continue reading

Grape Files: Cabernet Franc

Color: Red   Grown in: Loire, Bordeaux (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); Hungary; New York, California, Washington (U.S.)   A.K.A. Bouchet (Bordeaux, France); Breton (Loire, France)   Profile: DNA profiling revealed that Cabernet Franc is Cabernet Sauvignon’s dad (its … Continue reading

Grape Files: Syrah

Color: Red    Grown in: Rhône, Languedoc-Rousillon (France); Australia; South Africa; California, Washington (U.S.)    A.K.A.: Shiraz (Australia and South Africa)   Profile: Bold, bright, reddish-purple color gives way to fruit that smells and tastes likewise, and then a definitive … Continue reading

Brett: Complexity or Defect?

There’s much debate about whether certain “defects” in wine are really defects or whether they add complexity and character, and as I did some “spring” (technically one more day!) cleaning this weekend, I got to thinking about it…   I … Continue reading