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Get the Dirt About Zanoli Wines with Shelly Zanoli

13 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250-300 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, we can taste by appointment only. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My husband, Jimmy Zanoli. 5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start […]

Get the Dirt About Say When Wines

13 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013, a single barrel of Pinot Noir. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2013 – 25 cases 2014 – 75 cases 2015 – 50 cases 2016 – 125 cases 2017 – 275 cases 2018 – 625 cases (half still in barrel) 3. Do you have […]

Get the Dirt about Aldina Vineyards from owner Francisco Lopez

4 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 550 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but patrons can make an appointment to do a private tasting. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Our winemaker is Belén Ceja 5. What wine made you […]

Get the Dirt about Frostwatch Vineyards from owner Diane Kleinecke

23 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2002 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We have made up to 1,500 cases per year but more recently we are closer to 600. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We do not have a tasting room but will taste visitors by appointment, either […]

Get the Dirt about Etnyre Wines from winemaker Ethan Etnyre

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2005 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 150-200. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Dehlinger 1992 Pinot Noir. It was beautiful, balanced, and mind-blowing. 5. What varietals […]

Get the Dirt and 13th & Third Wines from owner Gregg Rothberg

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 350 – 400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, we do tastings by appointment only. We do appointment only tastings in Paso Robles and Healdsburg. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Don […]

Get the Dirt about Angeleno Wine Company from winemaker Jasper Dickson

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? First vintage for Angeleno Wine Co. was 2015. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We make around 2000 cases per vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We do have a tasting room. Currently it is by apt only, but we hope to officially […]

Get the Dirt about Enriquez Estate Wines from winemaker Cecilia Enriquez

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 600-800 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We invite people to visit our estate vineyard by appointment only. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? It wasn’t one particular wine, it […]

Get the Dirt about Oceans Churning from winemaker Raj Iyer

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 200-300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? I don’t have a tasting room, but can arrange private tours of our cave and vineyard. Please email me for details. 4. What wine made you want to become a […]

Get the Dirt about Gondak Cellars with winemaker Will Gondak

4 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 was the first vintage for Gondak Cellars. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Roughly 75 cases of Collective Efforts Syrah / Viognier co-ferment and 50 cases of Grenache. 125 total. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room but private appointments at […]

Get the Dirt about Boonville Road Wines from winemaker Ed Donovan

1 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2016-215 / 2017-358 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? NO, not yet but I’m working on it! 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Was doing sales for other wineries and […]

Get the Dirt about Benevolent Neglect Wines from winemaker Matthew Nagy

1 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We make around 900 cases per year. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We are available to see people by appointment only. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? We had […]

Get the Dirt about DB Cellars from winemaker Diane Bergeon

27 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2017 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Right now I am making micro amounts, under 100 cases for 2017 and 2018. This will increase with the 2019 vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, I do not have my own tasting room. I […]

Get the Dirt about Perri Jaye Vineyards from owner/winemaker Perri Haughwout

12 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? First vintage 35 cases, 2017 – 100 cases Pinot Noir, 2018 – 100 cases PN + 55 Rose 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but I can schedule appointments. 4. What wine made you […]

Get the Dirt about Olivera Wines from winemaker Richard Milkovich

12 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 125-250 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but we can taste by appointment. You can email a request to Richard@oliverawines.com 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? (If willing to share.) – From […]

Get the Dirt about Mountain Tides Wine Co. from winemaker Scott Kirkpatrick

7 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? In 2016 we started off with 75 cases. In 2017 we made 225 cases, and in 2018 we made about 900 cases worth. We definitely won’t make more than that this year. 3. Do you have a Tasting […]

Get the Dirt about Adron Wines from winemaker Brent Kennedy

1 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 100-150 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We don’t have a tasting room, but tasting by appointment is available. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? 2003 Tablas Creek Esprit de […]

Get the Dirt about Wander-Must from winemaker Gianna Fugazi

1 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2015 (200cs) 2016 (100cs) 2018 (400cs) 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but I currently host groups for a wine and food pairing experience at Mateo’s Restaurant in Healdsburg. 4. What wine made you […]

Get the Dirt about Greyscale Wines from owner Larry Rowe

1 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2008 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Under 400 3. If not you, who is your winemaker? Kian Tavakoli 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Not a wine, our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Bordeaux 5. What varietals […]

Get the Dirt about Copia Vineyards from owner Anita Kothari

28 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 450 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? If Yes/Hours? Yes, we taste out of Paso Underground (1140 Pine Street) in downtown Paso Robles. We take appointments every day and have walk-in hours from 1-7 on Fridays and […]

Get the Dirt about MCV Wines from winemaker Matt Villard

11 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Less than 1,000. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes! We are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-5pm; Friday & Sunday from 11am-6pm & Saturdays from 11am-7pm. 4. What varietals do you work with? Which varietal/wine […]

Get the Dirt about Kimsey Wines from owner Bill Kimsey

2 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen, 432 E. Haley St. Santa Barbara 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Matt Dees 5. What wine made you want to become […]

Get the Dirt about Bolshoi Family Wines from Lydia Bolshoi

2 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Less then 300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but appointments are welcome at the winery. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My husband, Adrian Bolshoi. 5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start […]

Get the Dirt about Dracaena Wines from owner Michael Budd

2 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 was our first commercial vintage. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 425 cases annually. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We do not have a tasting room; however, appointments can be made to taste our wines with us in person. 4. If not […]

Get the Dirt about Ferguson Family Wines from owner Mark Ferguson

2 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250 Cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not yet but hopefully someday very soon 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? A few years back we fell in love with […]

Get the Dirt about Kings Carey Wines from winemaker James Sparks

2 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? I can taste by appointment at the Liquid Farm tasting room in Lompoc. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? I started working at […]

Get the Dirt About Hubba Wines from Riley Hubbard

30 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, open by appointment at The Paso Underground. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? The first time I drank a Guigal Condrieu was […]

Get the Dirt about Domane Kreger from D.W. Kreger

18 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 100 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? You can taste our wines at the Thief & Barrel Tasting Room: Thursday-Friday 3 – 8 pm, Saturday Noon – 8 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm. 4. What wine […]

Get the Dirt about L.A. Wine Project from Jason Martin

16 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? We started making wine in the garage in 2013, but 2016 was our first commercial vintage. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Right now we’re super tiny, but with big plans, so we’re trying to produce more every year. In 2016 we made 150 cases; 2017 […]

Get the Dirt about In Vino Musicas from winemaker Jack Vaughan

16 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room?  No, but a tasting appointment can be made by contacting us at jack@invinomusicas.com. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I am the winemaker, with an AP at Pulchella Winery. […]

Get the Dirt about Lavender Oak Vineyard from Dean Heck

2 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Around 1000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room but people can make an appointment. We host small groups (8 to 20 all the time). Just give us a shout. 4. If not you, who […]

Get the Dirt about Siela Wines from Peter Strimaitis

2 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? My first commercial vintage year was 2014, but I started making wine in my garage four years prior in 2010…in Milwaukee, Wisconsin of all places!! That year, I made the 2014 Siela Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles (which is one of my current releases today!). 2. How many cases […]

Get the Dirt about Kitson Wines

2 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room. We hope to open a tasting room in the near future. Informal appointments are possible. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? We make all of […]

Get the Dirt about Bellante Family Winery from Chuck Bellante

2 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2000 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 1,500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes! We are open Friday from 5-9pm; Saturday from Noon-9pm and Sunday Noon-4pm. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? I started making wine […]

Get the Dirt about Mastro Scheidt from winemaker David Scheidt

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2007 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? I started in 2007 with only 200 cases. Current production is roughly 1000. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We have a by appointment only tasting room. Contacting me directly through email is the best way to […]

Get the Dirt about Fallon Place Wine from winemaker Cory Michal

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We generally produce about 600 cases per vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes. We have a tasting room at our shared winery space in San Francisco that is appointment only. Appointments can be made at www.fallonplacewine.com […]

Get the Dirt about Piezo Winery from winemaker Atsmon Shahar

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 450 3. Do you have a Tasting Room?  Not yet, but we are hoping to add later this year. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker?  I am the winemaker and my wife helps with running […]

Get the Dirt about T. Berkley Wines from winemaker Taylor Bodstun

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Around 400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at the moment, but working on it. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Cabernet Franc was the first wine that really […]

Get the Dirt about Carboniste from winemaker Dan Person

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2017 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 125 cases, but planning to grow each year 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker?  Me and my wife, Jacqueline Person. 5. What varietals do you […]

Get the Dirt about Montemaggiore Wines from winemaker Lise Ciolino

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2002 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? ~600 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? I’ve always loved Syrah, in fact my “epiphany wine” was a Chapoutier Hermitage. I […]

Get the Dirt about Lightning Wines from owner Brooke Hester

2 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 1,000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Lightning Wines is not open to the public; however, we accommodate requests to taste our wines by prior arrangement. If you wish to arrange a private tasting, please contact […]

Get the Dirt about People’s Wine Revolution with winemaker Matt Reid

28 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2008 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 360 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? NO, but yes, people can make an appointment. We love meeting new friends! 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My wife and I make the wines together. Matt […]

Get the Dirt about Powicana Farm from co-owner Zoubeida Zajac

28 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 

2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 

600 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? 

Yes, in Penngrove, Sat-Sun 2-5pm, and by appointment 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My husband, 
Remi Zajac. 5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start […]

Get the Dirt about St. Romedius Wines from winemaker Robert Pintacsi

28 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015, but our first bottling we labeled a non-vintage 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? There isn’t a single wine for […]

Get the Dirt about Calstar Cellars from winemaker Richard Davis

28 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2001 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Around 1200, depends on the vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but we do have tastings by appointment. 4. What wine / grape made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Pinot Noir […]

Get the Dirt about Lepiane Wines from winemaker Alison Thomson

22 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 225 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but people can visit by appointment. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Barolo 5. What varietals do you work with? Why? […]

Get the Dirt about Cavaletti Vineyards from winemaker Patrick Kelley

15 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? In 2016 we produced 110 cases split evenly between our 109 Mile Syrah and 109 Mile Grenache. We increased our volume with the 2017 harvest to approximately 370 cases. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? If Yes/Hours? […]

Get the Dirt about Elwood Wines with owner Todd Elwood

11 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 50 (2015 – 25 cases) 3. If not you, who is your winemaker? Greg Linn 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? We were influenced by many different winemakers and wineries. 5. […]

Get the Dirt about Torch Cellars from winemaker Mark Welch

11 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 Zinfandel Willow Creek District. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 125-250 cases. 3. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Chardonnay from the famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, 1993 working the crush pad. 4. What varietals do you work with? […]

Get the Dirt about Dunites Wine Co. from winemaker Tyler Eck

11 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Approx. 100 cases of the 2015 vintage. Up to about 200 cases for 2017. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, but happy to host people who are interested in tasting. 4. What wine made you want […]

Get the Dirt about Buscador Wines from winemaker Matt Kowalczyk

10 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2006 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 450-550 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, we opened April 2017. Our hours are Friday-Monday, 11am-5pm. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? 1995 Seyssel. While living in Geneva […]

Get the Dirt about Dusty Nabor Wines

10 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but we are open for tours. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Me, Dusty Nabor! 5. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start […]

Get the Dirt about Sycamore Ranch Winery from winemaker Richard Krumwiede

10 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? ±500 cases Red wine, ±75 cases White Wines, ±200 cases Hard Apple Cider 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, we have an on-site tasting room; however, tastings are by appointment only. 4. What wine made you […]

Get the Dirt with winemaker Phillip Kaplan of Velvet Bee Wines

10 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year: 2012 2. How cases do you make per vintage? On average, about 300. 3. Do you have a tasting room? No, but people can make an appointment through the website, velvetbeewine.com. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? A key early influence […]

Get the Dirt about Byron Blatty Wines from owner Mark Blatty

25 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We are still small but growing every year. In 2014 we started with just two barrels / 50 cases, followed by 125 cases in 2015, 475 cases in 2016 and are aiming at roughly 1,200 cases this year. […]

Get the Dirt about Dunning Vineyards from winemaker Bob Dunning

24 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 1994 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 1400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes. We are located on the west side of Paso at 1953 Niderer Road. Open from Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? First […]

Get the Dirt About Volatus Wine from winemaker Hal Schmitt

13 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? I started making wine in Paso in the fall of 1998 with Midnight Cellars. The first Volatus vintage was 2004. The 2004 Reserve was a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Syrah. Still tasting great! 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We make between 500-600 cases […]

Get the Dirt about Piedra Creek Winery from winemaker TJ de Jony.

11 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? 1984 – Piedra Creek Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Less than 500. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No but we do private tastings in the vineyard by […]

Get the Dirt about Tolo Cellars from Winemaker Josh Gibson

11 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? 2000 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Currently we are making about 1,200 cases per year. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, we have a tasting room, it is located about 12 miles west of Paso Robles on Adelaida Road. We are open […]

Get the Dirt About March Wines

20 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016, so we are pouring our first vintage. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Our first year we made 80 cases Riesling and 70 cases Rose. 3. Who is your winemaker? Our label is a collaboration between winemakers, Maura Christoffers and Charley Johnson. 4. How […]

Get the Dirt about Halcyon Wines from Kim Elwell

20 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room. We can arrange tastings by appointment, located in Napa CA. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? My husband, Tyler Elwell. 5. How did you get […]

Get the Dirt about Loubud Wines from Winemaker Laura Roach

20 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2008 working as a harvest laboratory intern at Schramsberg Vineyard in Calistoga. My first harvest for Loubud Wines was 2015. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? I made ~50cases in 2015 and ~115 in 2016. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, I’m still […]

Get the Dirt About Olsen Perri Wines

20 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Less than 500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We have a tasting room by appointment only, email info@olsenperriwines.com to book an appointment. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Mark Olsen and Will Perri make […]

Get the Dirt about Tao Vineyards

15 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250 3. If not you, who is your winemaker? B.Allen Geddes 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We moved into a new home in Agoura Hills with both a front and a back […]

8 Secrets Every Wine Drinker Should Know about The Garagiste Festival

6 Jun

The Garagiste Festival is different from other wine festivals. Here are eight things you may not know about us… 1. No other wine event lets you taste this many varietals and styles all under one roof. Most other wine events focus on a single region or certain varietal (Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Rhones, etc.), but not […]

Get the Dirt about Ann Albert Wines

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2015 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 150 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No. But appointments can be made via email: info@AnnAlbertWines.com. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I started working in tasting rooms and then caught the […]

Get the Dirt about Monochrome Wines

22 May

1. What was your first vintage year? 2016 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 450 – 500 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We do not have a tasting room yet, but are planning to have a small tasting room in the Tin City area in Paso Robles. We hope […]

Get the Dirt about Penville Wines

22 May

Penville wines are an honest tribute to their grapes place of origin. Our aim is to make wines that reflect each vineyard site and terroir. We employ a traditional approach to winemaking in the cellar and minimally invasive farming in the vineyards 1. What was your first vintage year? 2014 2. How many cases do […]

Get the Dirt about Carter Paul Wines from winemaker Carter Hallman

29 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? My first vintage year was 2010. (Harvest was on 10/10/10) 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? I average around 50 cases per vintage. 3. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? My first taste of winemaking was in 2006 during my high […]

Get the Dirt about McKinney Family Vineyards from winemaker Matt McKinney

22 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year?  2010 was the first harvest from our half acre vineyard in Santa Ynez which was planted in the Spring of 2010.  2015 was the first vintage release of wines to the market. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage?  250-500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No. Tastings […]

Get the Dirt About Metrick Wines with winemaker Alex Russan

7 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? Commercially in 2015, but started making wine at home in 2010 and 2011. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 200 the past two years, perhaps doubling that in 2017. 3. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I started with my label of barrel selected […]

Get the Dirt About Comartin Cellars

7 Mar

What was your first vintage year? 2006 How many cases do you make per vintage? 1,500 How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I traveled in Europe in college and became fascinated with wine and why different wines tasted different from place to place. I returned to California to get my degree […]

Get the Dirt About TOP Winery from owner Elena Martinez

10 Oct

My husband (Stanley Barrios) and I are first generation Latinos in the United States. Our families came from El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico to the United States with very little. They all had the same common goal of opportunity for themselves and their children. Growing up, we lived in different neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles […]

Get the Dirt about Playground Cellars from winemaker Joe White

28 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 100 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Unfortunately we don’t have a tasting room and can not accommodate appointments at this time, but hopefully soon. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? […]

Get the Dirt about Kendric Vineyards from Stewart Johnson

14 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2004 2. How many cases do you make per vintage?  Around 900. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not yet open regularly. Appointments OK via stew@kendricvineyards.com or 415.806.4944 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I’m the grower, winemaker, etc. 5. How did you get your […]

Get the Dirt about Murder Ridge Winery from Steve Alden

14 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 53 for 2013, and 260 for 2014. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Not at this time. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Murder Ridge is owned by Grower: Steve Alden and Winemaker: Leslie Sisneros […]

Get the Dirt about Chenoweth Vineyards from Amy Chenoweth

14 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Just 200 of one wine per year. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No we don’t have one right now, but we are happy to provide vineyard tours by appointment. 4. How did you get your start in […]

Get the Dirt about Tessier Winery from winemaker Kristie Tacey

14 Apr

1. What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2009, 2010, 2011- 200 cases; 2012 – 350 cases; 2013 – 375 cases; 2014 – 400 cases; 2015 – 600 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? If Yes/Hours? If NO, can people make an appt? Via […]

Get the Dirt about Bevela Wines from winemaker/owner Marisa Beverly

4 Feb

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? In 2010 we produced just 24 cases, one barrel worth. In 2011 our case production doubled to 48 cases. In 2012 our case production increased to 84 cases. 2013 we started making Syrah as well as Teroldego, and […]

Get the Dirt about Stirm Wines from Ryan Stirm

2 Feb

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 500. Depends on the vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No but people can make an appointment. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I Have a degree in Viticulture and […]