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Reinventing the Wine Experience, Freemark Abbey

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 06.10.2016 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

In the late 1800's Josephine Tychson, at age 31, found herself without a husband (tuberculosis & despair took him), with two children, a winery and vineyards. Most women in that day would look for another husband, a partner, to make their lives easier. After all, owning a vineyard, running it, supervising men and raising children simultaneously was something a woman wasn't expected to do.

Winemaker Spotlight: Senses Wines

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Taste
Kelly Mitchell

After a long Northern California drought, the rain finally returns. It takes one such day to bring me to Occidental via Sebastopol. I've never been t...

Is A Wine's Year Really That Important?

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 03.03.2015 | Taste

It depends.

The Renegades Return: Central Coast Small-Lot Wineries to Pour at Third Annual Garagiste Festival

One For The Table | Posted 12.07.2013 | Travel
One For The Table

It was just a little over two years ago that The Garagiste Festival was a mere gleam in the eyes of co-founders. This November 7 - 10th, the Festival is showcasing the talents of 66 winemakers, all of whom handcraft under 1,200 cases of wine per year.

The Wonderful Wine Journey of Alejandro Vigil

Daniel Altman | Posted 10.16.2013 | Taste
Daniel Altman

As winemaker of Catena Zapata, he oversees the enormous and diverse production of one of the country's biggest and most prestigious premium wineries -- think Mondavi -- as well as his own "El Enemigo" line.

Sanford & Benedict: Historic Vineyard's Story Told for First Time by Co-Founder

Richard Jennings | Posted 07.30.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Sanford & Benedict is one of California's most historically significant and renowned vineyards because it proved two things: Santa Barbara County is a superlative spot for growing Pinot Noir, and the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is a fabulous cool climate location for vines in general.

Exploring Terroir and Balance in Santa Barbara County

Richard Jennings | Posted 06.26.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

Santa Barbara is making some of California's most interesting, compelling and balanced wines.

The Wine Merchant Who Brought Us Terroir

Zester Daily | Posted 02.12.2013 | Taste
Zester Daily

Forty years ago, Kermit Lynch abandoned the handmade purse industry and opened a wine shop in Berkeley, Calif., and in doing so, became one of the great innovators of the field.

A Day in Evening Land

Mary Butz | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Mary Butz

My notes are as follows: Light and bright, and leaves a sweet taste on the back of your tongue. A wine with a delicate feel that gets bolder but balanced as you drink it. A balance between smoothness, alcohol and sheerly delicious cherry.

Robin Wilkey

Drink Like A Woman: Ladies Take The Booze Industry By Storm

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.21.2011 | San Francisco

In the tanks, barrels, and casks, it’s always been a man’s world. Until now. Since the industrial revolution, the wine, beer and spirits indus...

Deborah, Me, and the Wine Women and Song Tour

Rebecca Pidgeon | Posted 09.06.2011 | Women
Rebecca Pidgeon

When I read Deborah Brenner's book Women of the Vine about women wine makers, I was impressed that many of the women she had interviewed had come to wine making later in life as a second career.

Are Wine Experts Doing More Harm Than Good?

Snooth.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

One of my "jobs," though more self-assigned than anything else, is to try and interest people in wine -- not just drinking wine, but talking about win...

6 Rock-Star Wines

Snooth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Snooth

There's an old saying that if you want to make $1 million dollars in the winemaking business, it's easy -- just start with $4 million! That may not be...

WINES FOR THANKSGIVING: Picks From 10 Winemakers & Experts

Adam Morganstern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adam Morganstern

**Scroll down for picks & tips on picking the best wine for Thanksgiving from winemakers and wine experts** Thanksgiving is the clusterf*ck of wine h...