Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure | The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Highlights from the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure | The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

  One of my absolute favorite things about the Garagiste Festivals is the opportunity to discover new wines and meet the incredibly gifted people who make them. Even with a few Garagiste Festivals under my belt, I'm always amazed by how much new, little-known wine talent shows up at each event to share the fruits of their labor - some [...]

Cholame Vineyard | San Miguel – Monterey County, CA

Cholame Vineyard | San Miguel – Monterey County, CA

With the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to write about one of my favorite new Garagiste winemakers, Cholame Vineyard. Cholame (pronounced "Sho-Lamb") doesn't have a tasting room, so you have to catch them at festivals such as the Garagiste Festival, at local wine events, or [...]

One Perfect Day in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe Wine Country

One Perfect Day in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe Wine Country

I just recently returned from a weekend in Baja near Ensenada and I'm already working on a plan to go back.  It had been nearly a decade since my last trip south of the border, so I wan't sure what to expect. What I found when we arrived was a magical place full of beauty, [...]

5 Must-Try Rosé Wines For Summertime

5 Must-Try Rosé Wines For Summertime

With longer, warmer days upon us, it seems like Rosé season has finally arrived.  Grab a chair in the sun and enjoy one of these bottles on a lazy Summer afternoon. Arnot-Roberts 2014 Rosé The Arnot-Roberts 2014 Rosé is made from Touriga Nacional, which is one of Portugal's finest varietals and is typically used to make Port. [...]

Iron Horse Vineyards | Sebastopol, CA

Iron Horse Vineyards | Sebastopol, CA

Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol, CA was by far my biggest wine related surprise of the year.  I mean this in the best possible way for a couple different reasons. I love Champagne, but I tend to stay away from California Sparkling Wines.  While there are some standouts, I find many of them too sweet [...]

Larner Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Larner Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Oftentimes when I visit a winery, I find that I enjoy meeting the people involved in making the wine just as much as I enjoy the wine itself.  Such was the case when I visited Larner Vineyard & Winery in Los Olivos, CA. I'm fascinated by the winemaking process and am always excited when I get [...]

Williams Selyem Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Williams Selyem Winery | Healdsburg, CA

If I had to declare a favorite wine, without hesitation it would be Pinot Noir.  There are a million other varietals that I love to drink but in my mind, nothing compares to an amazing Pinot.  And this weekend I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite California Pinot Noir makers, Williams Selyem. [...]

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA — A Post-Opening Update…

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA — A Post-Opening Update…

Last time I visited Law Estate Wines, it was more of a construction site than a finished project.  This past weekend, I visited the winery again in its completed form and was utterly blown away.  From the friendly and personal attention of the staff to the breathtaking architecture to the incredible wines, Law Estate is beyond [...]

Wind Gap Wines | The Barlow – Sebastopol, CA

Wind Gap Wines | The Barlow – Sebastopol, CA

I've noticed a trend recently of winemakers using a very minimalist approach to their craft.  By selecting the best grapes from specific vineyard sites, using wild yeasts, and remaining as non-interventionist as possible, they're allowing the fruit to express itself in an honest, unique way. An excellent example of this sort of wine making is [...]

Babcock Winery & Vineyards | Lompoc, CA

Babcock Winery & Vineyards | Lompoc, CA

One of my favorite new wineries is actually not new at all. Established in 1978, Babcock Winery & Vineyards in Lompoc, CA has a rich history in the Santa Ynez Valley and is one of the best producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir around. Back in 1978, Mona & Walter Babcock purchased a 110 acre property on [...]