Tag Archives: Pinot Noir

Winery Profile: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Who: Robert Sinskey Vineyards   What: Backing Biodynamics Without Skimping on Seduction   Where: Carneros (Napa Valley), California   Why: Because for Robert Sinskey Vineyards, elegance and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Because RSV talks the talk and walks the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sonoma County

Where: Hugging the Pacific Coast and running east until it hits the Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma County is about an hour north of San Francisco.   What: A vast and varied wine region that nevertheless boasts a strong sense of pride, community and … Continue reading

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

Regional Profile: Santa Maria Valley

Where: “Part One” of Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley AVA occupies the northeastern quadrant of this roughly rectangular county. Mountains hem both the top and bottom of the appellation, and fog and wind funnel straight into Santa Maria from … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Napa Valley

Where: Saddled between the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca range to the east, Napa Valley is an hour’s drive northeast from San Francisco. It’s an American Viticultural Area within northern California’s Napa County, and it houses 16 … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Véronique Drouhin

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: Pinotage

Color: Red   Grown in: South Africa   Profile: This crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (which was locally known as Hermitage) is very much its own creature, unabashed in its dark, smoky, charred fruit and leather flavors. Some versions … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Belle Pente

Who: Belle Pente Winery and Vineyard (Pente rhymes with “want”)   What: Swapping High Tech for Low Tech and PCs for Pinots   Where: Yamhill-Carlton AVA (Willamette Valley), Oregon   Why: Because 20 years ago, Jill and Brian O’Donnell packed … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Jura

Where: East of the Burgundy region in France, pushed right up against the border with Switzerland. Heard of the Jurassic era? It’s actually named after the Jura region, because its limestone soils were first studied in this neck of the … Continue reading