Tag Archives: Syrah

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: 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

Regional Profile: Elqui Valley

Where: At the edge of the Atacama desert in the Coquimbo region, Elqui is Chile’s northernmost wine-producing area (which, since we’re in the southern hemisphere, means it’s pretty warm). Isolated from urban life and nestled in between the Andes and … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Casablanca Valley

Where: About halfway down the length of the skinny, seaside country of Chile, the Casablanca Valley rests only 20 miles from the ocean. It’s technically a sub-region of the larger Aconcagua region.   What: Vines weren’t even planted in Casablanca until the … Continue reading

Wine Pairings for the Thanksgiving Table

“What wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner?”   The question surfaces casually at first, a bit playfully, as early as the first day of fall. But as November introduces itself and Turkey Thursday looms closer, the inquiries become more urgent, … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Château de Beaucastel

Who: Château de Beaucastel   What: Pop Star of ‘Papes, Topping Charts with All 13 Varietals   Where: Châteauneuf-du-Pape (southern Rhône, France)     Why: Because the best Châteauneuf-du-Papes taste a little bit naughty, and Beaucastel is just enough of … 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

Regional Profile: Côte-Rôtie

Where: Côte-Rôtie, the most northerly AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) in the Northern Rhône region of France. Côte-Rôtie directly translates to “roasted slope,” and its two main subsections are the Côte Brune and Côte Blonde.   What: Practically a rock-climbing wall … Continue reading