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Santa Barbara Wine Country Part III: Wines 2

Concluding our series on Santa Barbara County Wines with Part III: Santa Ynez and Buellton Wines Carr Winery Carr Winery makes its wines in Santa Barbara and has a tasting room at that urban location and [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part II: Wines

We continue with Part II in our series on Santa Barbara County wines. It’s a sign of maturity for a wine region to really carve out its personality based on a diverse spectrum of terroir, rather [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country, Part I: The Overview

“It’s just like in the movie.” You can’t escape the movie (Sideways) anywhere in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It’s everywhere and on every visitor’s mind. The steady stream of tourists from California and far beyond [...]

IPOB: Bringing Balance to California Wine

In the wine world one of the buzzwords of recent years has been “balance.” Balance of acidity, of grape ripeness, of alcohol levels, of flavor profiles. The non-profit organization In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) takes the [...]

The Artistry Behind NakedWines.com

When the good people at NakedWines.com asked me to endorse their efforts, I responded as honestly as I could: “Folks: I’ve never heard of most of your winemakers and I’ve never tasted any of these wines. I can’t endorse [...]

Livermore Valley Wine Enters The Spotlight

When you ask San Francisco Bay Area residents about Livermore, you’ll get two responses frequently: it’s hot and there are windmills. Except in Livermore those famous windmills are really the Altamont Pass Wind Farm. Although somewhat [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines

While there are memorable sparklers and Alsace varietal bottlings, Anderson Valley is Pinot Noir territory. The typical Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is more savory and tightly wound, rather than fruity and grand like Oregon or distinctly [...]

Visiting & Tasting Anderson Valley, Part I: The Story

The Anderson Valley is its own world really, self-sustaining, and heavily agricultural. Only recently have the apples been displaced by wine grapes as the prominent crop, making this region home to some of the most coveted [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part III: The Wines

Continuing with our Visiting and Tasting Paso Robles story, Part I: The Story and Part II: The Wineries. Saxum Vineyards Nothing symbolizes the poise and power of Paso Robles like Saxum’s 2009 Bone Rock Syrah. It’s [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part II: The Wineries

Continuing with Part II of our Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles series, The Wineries: Outside of Saxum and Tablas Creek, few Paso Robles’ wineries will be commonly known among wine circles. It’s still a region of [...]