California wine regions were pummeled by wild weather spouting atmospheric rivers drenching us in the winter of 2022-2023. The big question all year has been, ‘What affect will that water … Continue Reading Water Into California Wine: Is This 2023 Vintage the Best Of The Decade?
Where can you find California winemakers pouring their art? During the Garagiste Wine Festival there was more wine poured by wine makers than we could enjoy in the hours allowed. … Continue Reading California Winemakers Pour Their Art At The Garagiste Wine Festival
You’ve seen people’s ‘pour’ behavior in California winery tasting rooms. Don’t be this person. When you become the ‘ugly wine taster’ you’ll end up with short corporate pours and pointed … Continue Reading 10 ‘Pour’ Behaviors to Avoid While Tasting California Wine: Don’t be The Ugly Wine Taster
To explore California style Rhône varietal wines, Tablas Creek Vineyards in Paso Robles is one of the Central Coast wineries focused on Rhône style blends. Grape varietals like Mourvedre, Syrah, … Continue Reading California Wine And The Rhône Rangers
“None of these wines are ready for prime time.” “That’s why we blend them: Syrah, Grenache, Malbec and Cabernet.” “We think we should add Malbec to the Cabernet.” “We’re thinking … Continue Reading Blending California Wine: A Multitude of Ways to Create Savory Wine, Or Ruin It
Nestled in the rolling hills of Gold Country right outside of Placerville, California wine has a friend in the ‘Sierra Style’ of farming grape and creating wine. Findleton Estate Winery … Continue Reading Gold Country’s Sierra Style of California Wine: Findleton Estate
When a porous cork enclosure is the only thing blocking oxygen from your California wine there’s plenty of room for failure. As one winemaker said to us several years back, … Continue Reading Screw Caps Vs Cork In California Wine Bottles: Which Works Best?
When you sell 16 million cases of California wine each year, do you really need a tasting room? Delicato Family Wines still maintains one. Most wineries we visit sell 500 … Continue Reading 16 Million Cases of California Wine From One California Winemaker
Why is California and it’s Paso Robles & Temecula terroirs a great place to savor wine? a) The land, b) the temperatures, c) the winemakers, d) the hospitality people, e) … Continue Reading California Wine Regions Paso Robles & Temecula Awarded Top Destinations In US
California Red Wine at Room Temperature? Is that 80°, 70° or 60°? Winemakers Weigh In on Favorite Temps
Everybody knows California white wines should be served cold and reds should be savored at room temperature. But, “Which room temperature?” asks winemaker/owner Helen Rommel of Lodi’s D’Art Winery. Would … Continue Reading California Red Wine at Room Temperature? Is that 80°, 70° or 60°? Winemakers Weigh In on Favorite Temps
While it took Damian Grindley, a man from Wales, to bring the laid-back Australian style of comfort to Paso Robles, his Australian wife Amanda Grindley surely has a piece of … Continue Reading An Australian Vibe For The Love of California Wine
California wine tasting rooms in Sonoma, Napa, Monterey, Lodi and Paso Robles continue proliferating in downtown city centers or in clusters of industrial areas like Lompoc’s Wine Ghetto or Paso’s … Continue Reading Downtown Wine Tasting: It’s Not Your Parents’ Wine Tasting Style
Alcohol is such an important taste component of California Wine that you wonder what it could possibly taste like with out it. We took a test drive of an ‘Alcohol … Continue Reading Will Alcohol Removed Wine Satisfy an Oenophile’s Palate?
What is your comfort zone when paying for a flight of estate wine tasting? Is it $20, $30, $50 or higher? Alpha Omega Collective’s tasting room in Paso Robles is … Continue Reading $100 Flights of California Wine Tasting Land in Paso Robles
Drinking California wine doesn’t make you smarter, it just seems that way. That’s why we take notes on our wine tastings. Writing tasting notes on a wineries’ flight sheet seemed … Continue Reading Notes On California Wine: Keeping Your Head Straight While Tasting
Roll Out the Barrels of California Wine means different things to different people. At Still Water’s Winery in Paso Robles it means club members evaluate wine right out of a … Continue Reading Rolling Out Barrels of California Wine – Tasting Before Bottling