Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” | Solvang, CA

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” | Solvang, CA

Last weekend, some of the finest local, small production wine making talent around gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building in Solvang, CA for the 2nd annual "Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure". This year, a Grand Tasting was held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with a different lineup each day.  With 60 wineries pouring over the [...]

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

There is something magical about the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, CA.  Whether it's the cloudless blue skies, the cool breezes that float through the Salinas Valley or the sweeping views from the hillside vineyards, there's something truly intoxicating about the area. During my last visit, I spent an afternoon at Paraiso Vineyards.  Paraiso [...]

De Tierra Vineyards | Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

De Tierra Vineyards | Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Carmel-By-The-Sea is by far one of my favorite places in California. During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to visit a few of the many tasting rooms located right in town. With over 13 tasting rooms within walking distance from one another, it's easy to leave your car behind and spend a day strolling [...]

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

I've known about the Lompoc Wine Ghetto for ages, but for some reason, I never had a strong desire to visit. I had a preconceived notion that it was an easy access, multiple tasting room destination that catered to those who prefer quantity over quality. After visiting for the first time this weekend, I could [...]

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

 With all the celebrating that goes on at this time of year, I find myself enjoying a lot more sparkling wine and champagne than I usually do. Since I have less time to travel to wine country over the holidays, I've been exploring the world of sparkling wine at home with friends and family. I [...]

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

By definition, the term "garagistes" refers to a group of innovative, renegade wine makers from the Bordeaux region who refuse to follow the strict French rules and instead, produce "Vins de garage" or "Garage wine". For the second year in a row, Paso Robles has celebrated the spirit of the garagiste movement by holding a [...]

Presqu’ile Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Presqu’ile Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Every time I head up to Los Olivos, CA, I feel like the town just gets better and better. With every trip, I seem to uncover an incredible new wine or a fun, new place to grab a bite. This past weekend was certainly no exception. I decided to try the wines of Presqu'ile and [...]

Wrath Wines | Monterey County, CA

Wrath Wines | Monterey County, CA

The Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County was yet-to-be-explored wine country for me until a couple of weekends ago. After spending two perfect days soaking up as much of the area as I could, I found it to be a unique and very special place. The SLH AVA sits in the Salinas Valley between the [...]

Foxen Vineyard & Winery…Again.

Foxen Vineyard & Winery…Again.

I realize this is the third time (at least) I've written about Foxen Vineyard & Winery, but as I sit here opening up my latest wine club shipment, I feel like a quick post is definitely in order. I patiently waited for three long years to be accepted into Foxen's Anchor Wine Club. Due to [...]

Alta Maria Vineyards | Los Olivos, CA

Alta Maria Vineyards | Los Olivos, CA

It seems like every time I visit the Santa Maria Valley north of Santa Barbara, I discover an incredible wine that I've never tried before. On a recent visit, I not only found some new wines, but I discovered one of my new favorite wineries in the area. Tucked away in the charming town of [...]