Wine-grape growing first came to the Santa Maria Valley in the 1830’s. However, it was not until 1964 that it became a modern, wine-growing region with the creation of a new vineyard by Uriel Nielsen and Bill De Mattei. It was the first commercial ..
Unless the wine you drink comes out of a box, you empty a least a few bottles every month. And you probably drop those empty wine bottles into a recycling bin. That’s a responsible thing to do, though just 32.5% of glass bottles get that treatment ..
In 1973, Jospeh Phelps bought a former cattle ranch—760 acres in eastern St. Helena—in order to plant a vineyard. Based in Colorado, his business was construction but wine had long been an enthusiasm, drinking it of course, but also making it in hi..
During my recent trip to Santa Barbara County, Wes Hagen met with me at the lovely new J. Wilkes tasting room in Los Olivos. Wes is both winemaker and brand ambassador at J Wilkes, having joined them in 2015 after a 21 year run as winemaker and vin..
Even with Yountville’s already bountiful roster of excellent tasting rooms and restaurants, Stewart Cellars is a welcome addition. The town requires all tasting rooms to devote a substantial portion of their square footage to some sort of non-wine ..
Morgan Clendenen founded Cold Heaven Cellars twenty years ago. She quickly established herself as one of the world’s best producers of Viognier. She has since added Pinot Noir and Syrah to her lineup. The regional focus is on Santa Barbara County f..
2014 Halter Ranch CDP Adelaida District Paso Robles 90+ 14.8% 750ml $32
A Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend with a twist—The Halter Ranch “Cotes de Paso” includes a touch of Tannat. The nose is red-fruited with raspberry, cherry and ripe plum with a..
Visiting an industrial winery is an eye-opening experience. The scale is awesome, stunning really. The process and equipment are totally different from those at wineries to which most people are accustomed.
With massive production volumes come m..
The Dalmore, founded in 1839, is a Highlands Scotch producer. The distillery is in northwest Scotland, a little less than 20 miles due north from Inverness. About 12 miles to The Dalmore’s west is Loch Morie, which has always supplied the distiller..
Grgich Hills Estate makes wines from their five estate vineyards in Napa Valley. The vineyards are in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Calistoga and Rutherford, where the winery and tasting room are located. Each is farmed sustainably and wit..