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 […]

Alexander Valley – Seeking Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah Bottles of Wine

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From Rhone Style to Dry Italians To California New World Bottles of Wine From the Rhone Valley to Italy and all the way back to the New World wines of California, our recent trip through Alexander Valley  enabled us to sample bottles of wine from three very different perspectives. Immediately west of California’s Sonoma Valley […]

Stuck in Lodi Again – Looking for Great Zinfandel Bottles of Wine

The Center of the Universe For Zinfandel Bottles of Wine We always sing the praises of Lodi as the center of the Zinfandel wine universe. If you are looking for an interesting place to try new wines, make your way to this central valley farming town. It’s not the prettiest place, it’s not the coolest […]

Early California Epicenter of Wine Making – Inland Empire

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Legacy California Bottle of Wine From Inland Empire Winery Most California winemaking migrated north years ago (with the exception of Temecula) but there was a time when the Rancho Cucamonga-Ontario area east of downtown Los Angeles produced copious bottles of wine. Driving around these areas today you’ll sometimes see open fields with rows of thick […]

Jessie’s Grove – Ancient Vine Zinfandel From Lodi

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Does Ancient Vine Grape Produce A Great Bottle of Wine? Many people believe an ancient grape vine produces fruit leading to a superior bottle of wine. If this is so, Lodi is a grape growing heaven of California wines with plants over 130 years old. The central valley of California has been the fruit and […]

Bottles of Wine from Lodi – M2 Wines

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Lodi Zin, Gold Country Grape and Blends Bottles of Wine From M2 Wines Sitting down to a bottle of M2 wine and BBQ pork ribs, we sipped, wondering what that taste was, black licorice? We couldn’t nail the taste, but we knew the 2012 Clockstopper Red Wine from M2 had been a good choice on […]

Durst Winery – Lodi’s Newest Tasting Room

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Bottles of Ancient Vine Zinfandel Wine From Lodi’s Durst Winery Savoring a first sip from this California bottle of wine, we both looked at each other and said, “Amazingly smooth!” With its flowery, berry and chocolate feel, we savored this exquisite wine from Lodi, the center of our Zinfandel universe. Durst Winery produced this beauty, a […]

Syrah, Cab & Zin Bottles of Wine in Lodi’s Berghold Vineyards

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Lodi Bottles of Syrah, Cabernet and Zinfandel Wine While Lodi is known for its Zinfandel bottles of wine, we go to Berghold Vineyards for their Lodi Syrah.  Yes, they have good Zinfandel and they also have very good Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier. During a recent visit proprietor Joe Berghold poured us a bottle of […]

Glunz Family Winery – Paso Robles

These Bottles of Wine Started With a Few Beers

Many wine aficionados dream of becoming winemakers, purveyors of grape and bottles of wine. The Brothers Glunz have become just that, wine makers in Paso Robles.

Brothers Steve and Matt, descendents of Chicago beer brewers, purchased the former Chumeia Vineyards with their 10 brothers & sisters, extending the family’s business from beer to wine, naming it Glunz Family Winery & Cellars.

The Brothers Glunz

The Brothers Glunz

The folks at Tobin James recommended this winery, as Glunz is located immediately west of the Tobin James facility (east side of town on Highway 46.) There’s not a lot to it, a gravel parking lot, a small bar in their production facility.

Lining the entry wall are many pictures of their great-grandfather (the patriarch of the brewery and distributor) as he grew up, including a photograph of him as a young barefoot boy in front of a horse-drawn wagon. The family also produces wine in Grayslake, Illinois.

Brother Steve took us deep into their production facility to sample their reserve 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from a barrel. It was a nice soft version. He also shared some of their barreled reserve Zinfandel, again tasty.

Here are our tastings.

2013 Whispers Pinot Noir $22 ✰/✰+
2012 Adelheid’s Grenache $20 ✰+/✰
2012 Bunzer’s Blend Zinfendal $20 ✰/✰+
2012 B the B Syrah $20 ✰/✰+
2013 Barrel aging Cabernet Savignon ✰+
2013 Barrel aging Zinfandel ✰+

They charge no tasting fee and staff the bar on their own. It’s well worth stopping here and tasting their bottles of wine. The true test of a purchased bottle of wine is how tastey it is at home, away from the winery. We enjoyed one of their bottles with dinner the other night and it was as good as we remembered. The Brothers Glunz have a long way to go, but with their beer distribution background we’ll bet they find success.

Bill Hodge & Erin O’Neill-Hodge enjoy a good bottle of wine, visiting and enjoying California wineries from Lake County to Orange County, from the Paso Robles Gold Coast to Gold Country and from Lodi to Temecula.

Some notes on our wine ranking system.

– -✰ means -What’s next on your list of wines
-✰ means -Not liking it too much
✰ means -We’ll drink this wine, especially 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.
When you see -✰/✰+ with a slash, it means our opinions differ.

A Bottle of Wine From Limestone – Calcareous Winery

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Touring wine country looking for your perfect bottle of wine, you taste a lot of bottom-of-the-barrel wine. Or, as we say, you must kiss a lot of ugly frogs before you find your beautiful prince or princess. In all of our wine tasting, we’ve only found two wineries creating an entire flight of wine satisfying […]