Planting vines in the cool, high altitude Santa Cruz Mountains is a quixotic endeavor. Nonetheless, a few driven producers over the years have made some brilliant, complex, cool climate Pinot in these parts.
Sta. Rita Hills is definitely starting to fulfill its promise as a source of characterful, balanced and terroir-driven wines, from flavorful Chardonnay and Viognier to minerally and complex Pinot Noir and Syrah.
To top it all off, though there are only 250 Masters of Wine in the entire world -- a title earned after a grueling England-based qualification period that can take as long as a decade -- Jeannie is one of them, and the only female Master of Wine from Asia.
Pinot Noir from its region of origin, France's Burgundy appellation, has an almost fanatic following among wine geeks. It certainly helps that Pinot is one of the most versatile varieties when it comes to food pairings.
Wine drinkers the world over simply can't get enough of the California Pinot grape and so Napa vineyards came up with the proposal to deforest pristine acres of majestic Redwoods and Douglas Firs in the small town of Annapolis, CA.