Wineries of San Diego County – Good So Cal Bottles of Wine

San Diego County Wineries Southern Coast’s Bottles of Wine From San Diego’s surfing beaches in Oceanside to Fallbrook, down through Escondido and east to Julian and Ramona and all the way out in Campo you’ll find winemakers creating interesting bottles of wine. It’s a continuation of the Winefication of California. As this region has become […]

California Central Coast Bottles of Wine

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California Bottles of Wine by Sans Liege Rhone Style Blending on the Central Coast A bottle of wine is comprised of earth, plant, weather and the winemaker’s knowledge and palate. In California there are myriads of variations of each giving us a bounty of wine. It’s what we call, ‘The Golden Age of California Wine.’ […]

A Woodinville Bottle of Wine From Washington State

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How A Washington Bottle of Wine Compares to California Wine- Compare and contrast the difference between a good bottle of wine from California versus Washington State. This sounds like a oenophile’s college entrance exam. We had the chance to compare and contrast these wines while visiting Woodinville Wine Country recently in some gloriously beautiful weather […]

A Justification For Changing Their Bottles of Wine

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Justin’s New Owners – Roll Global Buys Into A California Bottle of Wine- Is the corporatization of Justification the disintegration of a good bottle of wine? Some say yes, especially the folks working in competing Paso Robles wine tasting rooms. Many suggest this California beauty will degenerate with increased production goals of Justin’s new corporate […]

Searching Big Bear For A Good Bottle of California Wine

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Finding a Good Bottle of Wine At 6,750 Feet- Seeking a good bottle of wine in California you’ll normally find yourself on the Central Coast, the valleys north of San Francisco, or the central valley near Lodi. But the folks in Big Bear Village, nestled among Southern California’s pine trees at 6,750 foot altitude, provide […]

Complancency and a Great California Bottle of Wine

Complacency comes easily for Californians who may easily find a good bottle of wine. On a recent boat trip through Mississippi and Arkansas, the difference between the wine haves and the have-nots was abundantly clear. In Mississippi liquor and wine are sold in ‘package stores’ selling only alcohol. Visiting big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, you can […]

A Good Bottle of Wine in the OC – Giracci Vinyards & Farm

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Of the three wineries producing a good bottle of wine in Orange County, Giracci Vineyards & Farm  is the prettiest, and most similar to a traditional wine estate. The similarity of all three wine makers? Besides working in the OC, they are blending grape from Paso Robles. Giracci sits in the canyons east of Yorba […]

Salinas Valley’s Bottle of Wine – Monterey’s Scheid Vineyards

As spring approaches, so do bottle of wine deliveries. Three club deliveries arrived in the last week, Denner, Scheid and Hahn. Scheid Vineyards is in Monterey County, sheltered on the leeward side of the Santa Lucia Range of mountains. It’s part of the Salinas Valley, one of California’s golden spots for farming.  They have vineyards stretching […]

Taste Palete of the Female Winemaker

California is full of men creating wine.

Winemaking males have created their product in California for over two centuries. Because of the brute strength it takes to plant, grow and manage a vineyard for creating wine, we see male winemakers everywhere we go from Temecula through Santa Barbara on it into the Foxen Canyon to Monterey on into Northern California.

New Information:
Since this was written in 2012 Derby Wine Estates moved and is now located in Historic Almond Growers building at 525 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.

During our last visit to Paso Robles the local media reported on two women creating wine in the area and we thought to ourselves, “What does a female winemaker’s taste palate want to create?”

Tiffinee Vierra and Janell Dusi both create wine in a male-dominated industry. Ms. Dusi’s Wine is not available in any standalone tasting room (it’s available in the downtown Paso Robles wine center.) However, Ms. Vierra’s wine is available in a small tasting room on the Highway 46 corridor through Paso Robles, so we visited there. Derby Wine Estates tasting room is a temporary trailer located at 5620 Highway 46 directly across from Broken Earth Vineyards (The old Eos Winery.)

I was expecting a soft wine palete, expecting not to see any big  tannic acid reds. And, that’s exactly what we found. She creates a full line of five white wines and six reds, included in this grouping are two Rhone wines.

Here’s the rundown on her wine and our rankings (we didn’t taste all wines):

2008 Pinot Gris
✰   2008 Pinot Noir
2007 Reserve Pinot Noir
2007 Sparkling Brut Rose
2008 Fifteen 10 White Rhone blend (Viognier, Roussanne & Marsanne)

+ 2007 Fifteen 10 Red Rhone (Syarah, Grenache & Mourvedre)
+ 2007 Zinfandel
+  2006 Implico (Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc & Petit Verdot)
✰  2007 Petite Sirah
2006 De Facto Port

We purchased three bottles of wine here, the Red Rhone, Zinfandel  at $28 each and the Implico. We recommend you explore her wine and compare it to the other wonderful wines of Paso Robles. If you like softer wines this is the place to go. Her pricing ranges from $20 for the Pinot Gris’s and as high as $54 for her Sparkling Brut Rose and produces anywhere from 98 and 847 cases of her wines.

Notes on Our Wine Ranking SystemWe use a very simple way of ranking wines. We do this with a ✰ system so that no wine maker is ever insulted by our note taking. A ✰ means the wine is good, we have no problem drinking this wine anywhere (specially at a party when the wine might be hosted.) When you see a minus sign before the ✰ we’re not liking it too much.

The exciting part is when you see pluses after the ✰. A ✰ + Means you’ve got our attention and we might buy this wine. A ✰ ++ Means we’re hooked and were going to buy this wine. Our codes are listed below.

– –  means -What’s next on your list of wines
  means -Not liking it too much
means  -We’ll drink this wine, expecially if it’s hosted!
+ means -You’ve got our attention and we might buy this wine.
✰ + + means -We’re hooked and we’re going to buy this wine.