Author Archives: Steve

Passion comes even in the worst vintages.

Context may be everything as Matt Kramer writes in a recent article.  I tend to agree and Matt Kramer goes on to say, “Obviously this is not always the case—and certainly not for truly great wines, never mind from where. … Continue reading

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California Dreaming….

Back in 2011 I was dreaming about a vintage like this, a vintage that started early, was warm and harvest took place under warm, dry conditions.  A vintage just like they have in California. In 2011 we harvested almost all … Continue reading

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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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