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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 | 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.

Winemakers Have Tough Time Cashing Out

AP | By SHANNON DININNY | Posted 07.06.2011 | Home

GRANGER, Wash. -- When JoAnn Stear opened Eaton Hill Winery in the 1980s, she was among the pioneers of Washington's modern wine industry. But when t...

Are Wine Experts Doing More Harm Than Good? | 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

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...

Not For Purists: Winemakers Introduce Cheaper, Artificial Ice Wines

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. — Ice wine, made from grapes that were allowed to freeze on the vine, has long been one of the most expensive dessert drink...

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...