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2606, 2023

Savoring the Legacy: Husch Vineyards and the Authentic Charm of Anderson Valley

By |June 26, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

1906, 2023

Dominic Mantei – Winemaking Adventurer

By |June 19, 2023|Categories: Industry|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Northern California native Dominic Mantei embraces the adventure of making wine at Kaya Vineyard and Winery in Georgia’s Dahlonega Plateau. […]

1806, 2023

Tension, Balance and Precision take Flight at Fulldraw Vineyard in Paso Robles

By |June 18, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

1306, 2023

Linne Calodo Winery: Unveiling the Essence of Paso Robles through Passionate Winemaking and Thoughtful Artistry

By |June 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

406, 2023

Napa Valley’s Audacious Journey Down the Wine Tech Rabbit Hole

By |June 4, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

3105, 2023

The Resounding Success of ROAR in the Santa Lucia Highlands

By |May 31, 2023|Categories: Industry, News|Tags: |

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. 

3005, 2023

Rombauer Picks Santa Lucia Highlands For Pinot Noir

By |May 30, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

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.

2704, 2023

Revolutionizing Wine through Innovation and Sustainability: Alileo Wines, From Sicily to Massachusetts

By |April 27, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

1604, 2023

3 Steves Winery: Friendship, Resilience, and Exquisite Wines in Livermore Valley

By |April 16, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

1104, 2023

Pushing Boundaries: Brandlin Estate’s Focus on Innovation and the Future of Mountain Winemaking in the Napa Valley

By |April 11, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

© 2020 Marc Fiorito // Gamma Nine Photography Nestled among the rugged terrain of Mount Veeder lies Brandlin Estate, a winery with a rich history dating back to the 1870s. Once a homestead where the Brandlin family farmed orchard fruit and operated the local grain store and stagecoach, the estate eventually became a premier winery. […]

904, 2023

Beneduce Vineyards – Fear not the Umlaut

By |April 9, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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. […]

304, 2023

The 4th Annual International Cabernet Franc Competition Announces Results

By |April 3, 2023|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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. […]

2803, 2023

Baldacci Family Vineyards: A Heartwarming Story of Family, Sustainability, and Exceptional Wines in Napa Valley

By |March 28, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

(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. […]

1903, 2023

Kiona: From a Ten Acre Vineyard to a Thriving Operation in Red Mountain

By |March 19, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

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.  […]

1303, 2023

Grosgrain: A Journey through the World of Rare and Interesting Grape Varieties in Walla Walla

By |March 13, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

803, 2023

Moneyball Approach to Wine: Revolutionizing the Wine Industry with Objective Quality Metrics

By |March 8, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

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. […]

2802, 2023

Acumen Wines: Discover the Magic of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley

By |February 28, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , , |

Acumen Wines, a renowned wine estate, established its vineyard on the slopes of Atlas Peak, drawn to the exceptional quality of Napa Valley’s high elevation vineyards.  […]

1402, 2023

Maison La Belle Vie Winery: A Colorado Love Story

By |February 14, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

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. […]

602, 2023

From Soil to Sip: Madroña’s 50-Year Journey in Winemaking in El Dorado County

By |February 6, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

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. […]

102, 2023

Life-changing Tokaji Furmint

By |February 1, 2023|Categories: Digest, Featured, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |

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.

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