Courtesy: Husch Vineyards Step into the rich history and rustic charm of Husch Vineyards, the oldest winery nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Anderson Valley. With roots dating back to 1971, Husch stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of winemaking excellence. But the story doesn’t end there. […]
Credit: Fulldraw Vineyard Our story begins in Fairfield, Iowa, where Connor McMahon spent his childhood surrounded by corn fields and pig farms. It was in this heartland that Connor’s passion for winemaking took root, nurtured by his patience and precision honed through fly fishing and hunting. […]
Credit: Linne Calodo Winery Linne Calodo Winery was founded by Matt Trevisan, a passionate and determined individual with a background in aeronautical engineering and flight. However, his love for wine was ignited when he encountered unlabeled wines produced by Justin Smith’s father, who had deep roots in Paso Robles wine country. Inspired by this experience, Matt pursued a career in the wine industry, working at various wineries and honing his skills in cellar management and winemaking. […]
Bob Dylan once sang, “Admit the waters around you have grown,” and boy-oh-boy was he right. On the rugged and treacherous terrain of the wine industry, where fortunes are made and lost with every sip, the tides of change have swept through like a tempest, leaving many wine tech companies in its wake. […]
With roots tracing back to the northern hills of Italy and the serene valleys of Switzerland, their journey began with their great grandfathers, who bravely immigrated to the fertile Salinas Valley, embarking on a new life as dairy and vegetable farmers.
Rombauer chardonnay, aka “cougar juice,” “Danville crack,” and “Vitamin R,” is prized for its buttery, creamy richness, all sourced from Sonoma County. So many people are now hooked on this soft and sophisticated chardonnay that getting your hands on it now is mater of luck, as it is tightly allocated.
Courtesy Alileo Wines It was a chance encounter in 2001 that brought Alexandra Dane and Antonio Bertone together. Some might describe them as extreme business travelers–always on the move– others might say it was just plain serendipity. […]
Credit: 3 Steves Winery The story of 3 Steves Winery is not just about exquisite wines, but also about friendship, resilience, and a deep passion for winemaking. It all started when three men named Steve – Steve Burman, Steve Melander, and Steve Ziganti – met at a shareholder meeting for another winery they had invested in. Dissatisfied with the direction of that winery, they decided to venture out on their own and start their own label. […]
In February 2023, I traveled to New Jersey to visit a few of their top wineries. One was Beneduce Vineyards, where I met owner/farmer/winemaker Mike Beneduce for a comprehensive – and impressive – portfolio tasting – plus an engaging conversation about winegrowing and winemaking. […]
The 4th Annual Cabernet Franc Competition, founded and sponsored by Michael Kelly of California Wines & Wineries, took place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at The Golf Club at Copper Valley in Copperopolis, California. […]
(Photo Credit: Rocco Ceselin) Family dynamics can be challenging at times, but there is something about the bonds of blood that keep people united, especially when it comes to working together towards a common goal. This is particularly true for family owned businesses, where members often wear many hats and work long hours to keep the business thriving. For the Baldacci family, this is the heart and soul of their operation. […]
Kiona Estate Vineyard. Courtesy Kiona Vineyards. Since its establishment in 1975, Kiona Vineyards has come a long way. What started as a ten acre vineyard in the desert, pioneered by John and Ann Williams and their friends Jim and Pat Holmes, has now grown into a thriving operation that contributes significantly to the development of the Red Mountain AVA. […]
Owners Matt and Kelly Austin. Courtesy Grosgrain Vineyards. It’s a journey that began with a love for music, but ultimately led to a passion for wine. Matt Austin, co-founder of Grosgrain Vineyards, initially moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry after completing law school. But life took a different turn, and he eventually found himself practicing tax law, a profession he never grew to love. However, living in California exposed him to the world of wine, and it was here that his interest in winemaking began to grow. […]
Billy Beane, the former Oakland Athletics’ general manager, revolutionized baseball with his “Moneyball” approach, which relied on statistical analysis to evaluate players and build a winning team on a budget. This approach can also be applied to the world of wine. Just as baseball has specific metrics to evaluate player performance, such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a similar metric can be developed to measure a wine’s quality or value compared to other wines of the same grape variety or from the same location, among a variety of other criteria. […]
Credit: Maison La Belle Vie Winery Nestled in the rolling hills of western Colorado, the Palisade AVA is a place where the beauty of nature converges with the bounty of the vine– the perfect backdrop for romance. Nicholas and Holly Games’ love story is intertwined with their passion for wine. […]
For more than 50 years, the Bush family has been making wine in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The family, who originally was not into farming, moved back to Placerville, California in 1967. Situated in El Dorado County, they purchased a property in Camino, where they were advised by local officials to grow grapes. […]
My introduction to Tokaji Furmint was in 2020 – the 2018 Wetzer Tokaji Furmint – a dry white with some botrytis influence made in a minimalist style (native yeast, unfiltered, unfined). I wrote about tasting it – and won one of the categories in the 2022 Hungarian Wines Web Wine Writing Competition.