Author Archives: Steve

Is 55 degrees the right cellar temperature for you?

After a comparative tastings of some 10 year old French Burgundies a while back I complained to a retailer about how hard and acidic the wines were even after that amount of bottle age. He told me I didn’t understand … Continue reading

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Why we do the things we do.

Over the past two months people visiting our tasting wonder why I do the things I do. They have seen me covered in mortar, clay and paint. In January we started on an addition to our tasting room as we … Continue reading

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The state of Pinot Noir

I attended the Pigs and Pinot event put on by Charlie Palmer and the Hotel Healdsburg. The annual event was a benefit for the Share our Strength’s, No Kid Hungry campaign.  I can tell you that no one went hungry at … Continue reading

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Are there any cult Oregon Pinot Noir producers?

I was thinking the other day about cult wineries and why I can only think of one Oregon producer who qualifies and they don’t make Pinot Noir. Okay, maybe I can think of one small Pinot producer in the Dundee … Continue reading

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Are wine critics still relevant or are you?

I have a simple rule for reviews of my wine; celebrate them when they are good,  ignore them when they are bad and never put too much stock in either. Fortunately the wine press has been kind to us with … Continue reading

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