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Garagiste “Urban Exposure” Tasting Rules

11 Jul


Get the Dirt about Workman Ayer from winemaker Michel Ayer

7 Jul

Our story began years ago with the joining of two great families. The Workman family has a long and broad history in the northern California wine business. The Ayer family has deep roots in agriculture in Iowa and California. These two families have come together to produce the 2010 Workman/Ayer “de facto” red wine. 1. What [...]

Get the Dirt about Rule of 3 Wines from co-owner Nate Nelson

5 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 2012 – 75; 2013 est. 150; and 2014 est. 300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting available at this time. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? The three of us share a passion for [...]

Get the Dirt about Old Creek Ranch Winery from owner John Whitman

2 Jul

The Ranch is part of a Spanish 22,000 acre land grant awarded to Don Fernando Tico, dating back to the early history of California. In the late 1800′s Antonio Riva of northern Italy purchased the ranch. He was a chef in Paris, London and later in San Francisco. He built a winery on the ranch [...]

Get the Dirt about Levo Wines from Bret Urness

23 Jun

In 2011 I started what is now LEVO wine with my family and a good friend Jamie Traylor. After receiving a heaping pile of rejection letters from all CA University’s offering enology and viticulture, I decided it time to wave goodbye to academia and create my own path in the wine world. Soon I ended [...]

Get the Dirt about Pulchella Winery from co-winemaker Steve Lemley

17 Jun

Pulchella Winery is the brain child of troublemakers, Nate Hasper and Steve Lemley… This crazy rocket ship started in Paso Robles in late 2005. After experimenting for many years separately, we joined forces and created the winery with the the binding agent being a collective, raw and intense passion for extracted custom wines without any compromise. We are only employees [...]

Get the Dirt about Marin’s Vineyard from owner Duane Wolgamott

12 Jun

Marin’s Vineyard is owned and operated by the Wolgamott family in the beautiful Lockwood Valley of Southern Monterey County of California. Brenda and Duane met in 1978 only a few miles from where they currently live. They married in 1983 while Brenda was completing her degree in Biology/Entomology at Fresno State. Their only daughter, Marin, recently graduated from Cal [...]

Get the Dirt about Alma Sol Winery

9 Jun

Alma Sol Winery is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of John Shaw and Lisa Cuevas Shaw. It all began in 2002, during weekend trips to Lisa’s family’s vineyard in Paso Robles. John and Lisa visited local wineries and soon adopted wine-tasting as a serious hobby. In Paso, they found the winemakers [...]

Get the Dirt about Center of Effort from winemaker Nathan Carlson

27 May

Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson acquired our estate precisely because of its potential to produce profound Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vineyard’s lean soils, nuanced terrain, ocean-cooled climate, and pristine environment combine to create incomparable growing conditions for Burgundian varietals. The vision of Rob and Bill was to establish an artisan winery that would maximize [...]

Get the Dirt about Crawford Family Winery

26 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 600 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? We are open for tasting by appointment only. Email or call (805) 698-3889 to schedule an appointment. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We [...]

Get the Dirt about Sillix Wines from Blake Sillix

25 Mar

After getting his start in the industry and discovering his passion for Rhone varieties at Beckmen Vineyards in 2008, Blake Sillix purchased fruit from Camp 4 Vineyard and crafted two barrels of Grenache in 2010.  As his production size has slowly increased vintage to vintage, his focus remians: to capture the vibrancy and detailed naunce [...]

Get the Dirt about Vinemark Cellars from Mark Wasserman

23 Mar

Vinemark Cellars Winemaker Mark Wasserman grew up watching his Grandfather Papa Joe make wine in his basement in Ontario, California for friends and family to enjoy. It was only fitting that later in his life, Mark would set out to honor his Grandfathers legacy by crafting wines from premium select vineyards throughout California, including vineyards [...]

Get the Dirt about Bradley Family Winery from David Bradley

21 Mar

David Bradley’s vision was realized in 2003 when he and his wife Jennie planted 200 vines on their property in the Santa Ynez Valley, focusing on Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The garage became their home winemaking facility. Today, they grow and manage over 6500 vines consisting of Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Tempranillo and [...]

Get the Dirt about Dascomb Cellars from David Dascomb

20 Mar

My father, Don Dascomb, purchased property in Santa Ynez Valley in 1974. We immediately went to work planting a vineyard. Over the years the vineyard produced quality fruit which was purchased by a few of the well-known local wineries. Due to market trends, by 1999 most Cabernet vineyards in Santa Barbara County were replaced by [...]

Get the Dirt about Guyomar Wine Cellars from owner Ishka Stanislaus

19 Mar

We first became aware of Paso Robles in 1996 when Mareeni, then completing her residency at UPenn, was recruited by the local hospital to provide OB/GYN services to the community. Being rather a frontier town at the time, it was hard for me to imagine oppportunities, but coming from a family of farmers, the prospect [...]

Get the Dirt about Moretti Winery from Antonio Moretti

18 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 500 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes. 1595 E. Chestnut Ave., Lompoc, CA  93436 – in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.  Open Thursday – Sunday, 11 – 5.  (805) 735-4400. 4. If not you, who is your [...]

Get the Dirt about Transcendence Winery from Joey Gummere

17 Mar

Transcendence Wines was our dream. We are a small, husband-and-wife run winery dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s acclaimed Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills winegrowing regions. We make our wines with care and integrity, in small lots and limited [...]

Get the Dirt about Zinke Wine Co. from Ashley Zinke

16 Mar

We specialize in single vineyard, Rhone varietal wines, sourced from the central coast of California.  While influenced by tradition, we are paving our own path in the vineyard and the cellar in pursuit of the unattainable—perfection.  With fruit sourced from the grand crus of the central coast, our wine practically makes itself.  Optimal ripeness, hand [...]

Get the Dirt about Montemar Winery from Steve Arrowood

14 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 1992 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 1400 cases – 14 different bottlings 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. We are open Thursday – Monday, 11-5 or by appointment at 310-365-6236. 4. How did you get your start [...]

Get the Dirt about Carucci Wines from Eric Carucci

12 Mar

Carucci Wines is a micro-winery run by me and my wife Lindsay.  Our production is so very limited that we aren’t quite boutique…yet!  We intend to grow very slowly, but will always remain small allowing us to preserve the quality and authenticity of our wines. Everything we know about wine, we have learned from asking endless questions [...]

Get the Dirt about Clos des Amis from Bruce Freeman

11 Mar

Good grapes and friendly helpers are how many of us start on this winemaking journey we now call work, and so it is with Clos des Amis Wines. Loosely translated as “Circle of Friends” defining our beginning, we now passionately hunt down only Ventura County sourced grapes to craft our wines. We are “local terroirists” [...]

Get the Dirt about Fontes & Phillips from Rochelle Fontes-Phillips

10 Mar

Rochelle and Alan, (Fontes & Phillips) have been involved in the wine industry for 34 cumulative years. Alan started his winemaking career in Napa Valley in 1976 and his career spanned 18 years there with S. Anderson, Monticello and numerous other prestigious brands. Rochelle developed a career in wine compliance and accounting. In 1998, they [...]

Get the Dirt about Gioia Wines from owner Teri Love

6 Mar

The inspiration for GIOIA was born from the joy my son Tyler brings to my life. He studied abroad for a year in Florence, Italy, cherishing every second of his time there. Making the most of learning the language, traveling extensively…getting into the spirit of Italy. GIOIA is in honor and memory of his strength, [...]

Get the Dirt about Kita Wines from winemaker Tara Gomez

5 Mar

From the first time that she stepped into a winery as a child, Tara Gomez has loved winemaking.  Her fascination for science and love for the aromas of wine always mesmerized her.  With the help of a scholarship from her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Tara attended California State University Fresno where [...]

Get the Dirt about Weatherborne from winemaker Cris Carter

4 Mar

Coming from a family of aviators, I originally wanted to be a commercial pilot, so I headed to UC Davis to study something fun- wine!   I realized I couldn’t leave the good life behind and dove head first into winemaking. After slogging through the cellars of some of the best producers of Pinot noir in [...]

Get the Dirt about Plan B Cellars from Marlow Barger

3 Mar

Our initial release of five Rhone-style wines in October of 2012 will be supplemented with an expanding portfolio including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Grenache-Rosé. We want to bring wines we love to Ventura County, wines with character and story, made by people you can talk to. We source our fruit from a number of [...]

Get the Dirt about Desparada Wines from winemaker Vailia Esh

27 Feb

Like most good things, Desparada began as a dare. A decade chasing down dreams as a student, broker and importer had left me with nightmares of my teeth falling out. I needed to see the spark that set me down the wine trail in freer light. A deep breath, a phone call and 2,500 miles [...]

Get the Dirt about Solminer from David deLaski

26 Feb

In 2012, Anna and David deLaski started Solminer Wine to fulfill a dream – to create well-balanced California wine from their local, organically farmed vineyard and express and share their love for Austrian varietals. Their team takes great care in the vineyard and the winemaking process considering everything that goes (and doesn’t go) into the [...]

Get the Dirt about DV8 Cellars from owner Marc Simon

24 Feb

DV8 Cellars is a boutique winery founded by Ventura County locals Marc & Dominique Simon. Their wines are handcrafted with the help of consulting winemaker Curt Schalchlin of Sans Liege. Their goal was to produce ultra-premium wines in a style reminiscent of the wine from the Rhone Valley of France mixed with the new world, [...]

Get the Dirt About Hoyt Family Vineyards from Carol Hoyt

25 Oct

My husband and I started growing in Malibu in around 2001. This property grows our estate grown, award wining, Chardonnay still today. In 2011 we aquired a ranch & vineyard in Paso Robles as well. To date our wines are bottled at Terravant in Buellton.  We currently pour: Chadonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Wine Blend, Tempranillo, [...]