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 […]

Get the Dirt about Rhythm Wines from winemaker Jasper Dickson

27 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 400 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, I do not. Not yet, at least. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I work with my good friend Al DeRose on the winemaking. We make […]

Get the Dirt about El Lugar Wines from winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia

20 Jan

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 was our first vintage for EL LUGAR 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250-350 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but people can call for a private tasting. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? […]

Get the Dirt about Caldera Cuvee from winemaker Sammy Papert

17 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Made 112 in ’09; 262 in ’10 and expect there to be a little less of the ’11. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Completely virtual, but if folks are in one of the retail establishments Caldera […]

Get the Dirt from Scott Shapley of Flywheel Wines

17 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 200-300 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, but tasting can be arranged by appointment – via phone or e-mail. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I am with my partner Laura Hoover. 5. […]

Get the Dirt about Four Lanterns Winery

13 Oct

A wondrous confluence of emotions has guided us through our first few years at Four Lanterns Winery.  The thrill and fear of a new venture, the anxiety of a major life change, the warmth of encouragement from friends, and the consternation of being  neophytes, are all overwhelmed by the pure excitement we feel when we […]

Get the Dirt from Erin Bush of Erin E. Wines

25 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? 2013 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 125 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room at this time, look for Erin E Wines at select, local events! 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Spent a long time […]

Get the Dirt about Overland Wines from owner/grower Dick Keenan

3 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We have grown from 400 to abut 900 cases annually 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No. But private vineyard torus and tastings are available by appointment. 707-583-1854 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Glenn […]

Get the Dirt about Last Light Wine Co. from Jared Lee

3 Jul

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room yet.  We can accomodate barrel tastings by appointment.  Please e-mail. info@lastlightwine.com 4. Who is your winemaker? Winemaker/Partners – Myself & David Sartain 5. What wine made you want […]

Get the Dirt about Halcon Vineyard from winemaker Paul Gordon

29 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Around 1400 from vintage 2014. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room. We can arrange vineyard visit (and tasting) or tasting at winery (in SF). Contact through info@halconvineyards.com 4. If not you, who is your […]

Get the Dirt about Valley Floor Vineyard from owner Ellen Duane

24 Jun

1) What was your first vintage year? Our 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is our inaugural vintage. 2) How many cases do you make per vintage? Currently we make approximately 300-340 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and approximately 20-25 cases of Rose of Cabernet. We just replanted another 3 acres and anticipate our production to increase in […]

Get the Dirt on Travieso Wines from winemaker Ray Sliter

24 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2003 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 800 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, Saturdays only from 11 to 4pm and by appointment. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We started making wine in 1999 when, my business […]

Get the Dirt about Coda Wines from winemaker Spencer Daley

24 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? This year is my first release, which includes 2013 reds and 2014 whites. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Close to 350. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? I don’t have a tasting room, but I am always open to do barrel tastings in […]

Meet the Winemakers

23 Jun

When drinking turns into tasting…and why the backstory matters. By Lisa Dinsmore, Event Director, The Garagiste Festivals Most of us don’t remember the first time we tasted wine. Those of us who have been drinking it a long time would most likely be horrified if we re-tried that first sip. Perhaps it was Boone’s Farm, […]

Get the Dirt about Prizm Winery from owner Mike Rubino

20 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 175 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room or appointments available. But we have a nice website with a behind the scenes video series! 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Philippe Armenier 5. […]

Get the Dirt about Maidenstoen Wines from Mike Callahan

19 Jun

I founded Maidenstoen Wine Corp in 2013 to focus on high quality Riesling being grown from unique and extreme sites in CA. I started working with the Zabala Vineyard back in 08’ producing some Syrah for Luis Zabala. He later would turn me on to his organically-farmed Riesling block. With many historical ties to Riesling’s history […]

The Rarest of The Best

17 Jun

Winemakers Reward VIP Guests with Super-Exclusive Wines Our winemakers always tell us that you, The Garagiste Festival fans, are their favorite audience. And now they are putting their wine where their mouth is. (and you can put their wine in your mouth!). As if the Garagiste Festivals didn’t already showcase the best in hard-to-find wines, […]

Get the Dirt about Imagine Wines with Ross Jay Rankin

15 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2004 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Approximately 1000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes. It is located at 3563 Numancia Street Santa Ynez, CA 93460. We are open from 11am-5pm daily. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? […]

What’s So Great About Being Small?

11 Jun

By Doug Minnick, Co- Founder, The Garagiste Festivals What’s the big deal about small production? What difference does it make, and who really cares how much wine a winery makes? We know that “craft beer” has re-shaped the brewing industry, but what does that really mean when a “craft” producer such as Sam Adams makes […]

Get the Dirt about Incendium Wines from Winemaker Vincent Kalny

10 Jun

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 150 cases of two to three varietals. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room. We only sell direct to consumer, stores and shops. If you visit Incendiumwines.com we list where we will be pouring and […]

Get the Dirt about Pace Family Wines from Randy Pace

26 Mar

My wife and I have been making wine since 1981. The first year we made wine from Zinfandel grapes grown along the Trinity River near Willow Creek in Northern California. Over the years we made a variety of wines including a Zinfandel that won an award at the Home Winemakers Classic wine tasting in Napa […]

Get the Dirt about Tierra y Vino from Caren Rideau

23 Mar

1. What was your first vintage? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 475 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No, we do not have a tasting room, but we do take reservations by email, caren@tierrayvino.net 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? (If willing to share.) Andres Ibarra […]

Get the Dirt about J. Ludlow Vineyard

20 Mar

J Ludlow Vineyard is set in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, CA. The owners, Allan and Jane Jones, developed an interest in wine at Westerly Stud Farms, a magnificent ranch in Happy Canyon with a history as rich and flavorful as J Ludlow’s wines. Built in 1966 by Fletcher Jones, a Renaissance man […]

Get the Dirt about Scott Cellars from Peter Fraser

17 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2005 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 1000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? I have a tasting room at 316 North F Street Lompoc, CA 93436. We are open Friday–Sunday from Noon – 5pm. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? I make the […]

Get the Dirt about Mattina Fiore from Scott Williams

16 Mar

Our adventure in wine began many years ago in San Luis Obispo California where we first met as college students. As a husband and wife team, with our four sons, we have traversed the gamut of the premium wine business on the Central Coast for nearly 30 years as the purveyors of Depalo & Sons, Specialty Provisions, Spirits and […]

Get the Dirt about Barbieri Wines

13 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2005 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 750-1000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes we do. It is located at 2369 Alamo Pintado Avenue in Los Olivos. We are open from Thursday to Monday, 12PM-5PM. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Owners Paolo Barbieri & Erin […]

Get the Dirt about Conarium Wines

12 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage?  We began at 50 cases and now are at 800. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Our tasting room will be opening this Spring, 2015, at our winery in Lompoc.  Currently , we schedule tastings by appointment.  Please […]

Get the Dirt about La Montagne Wines from winemaker Kimberly Smith

4 Mar

1. What was your first vintage year? 2010 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 800 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, 12-5 Friday-Sunday. I do private appointment, too 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Went back to school to find out why Good Pinot Noir […]

Get the Dirt about Falcone Family Vineyards from Helen Falcone

3 Mar

Our family’s team approach makes our wines truly special. John oversees farming aspects of our estate vineyard and outside vineyard sources while Helen co-produces the wines and markets them. In 1998 we celebrated the arrival of our daughter Mia, the namesake of our family vineyard. Mia assists with punch-downs, yeast cultures and grape sorting. 1. […]

Get the Dirt about Graef Wines from Andrew Graef

2 Mar

1.What was your first vintage year? 2008 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 500-1000. 3. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Working cellar, making wine for others. 4. What wine made you want to become a winemaker/start your own winery? Williams Selyem Pinot Noir. 5. What varietals do […]

Get the Dirt about Ferguson Crest with Pat Ferguson

24 Feb

Set at the highest point in Solvang and overlooking the splendor of the Santa Ynez Valley, Ferguson Crest is a family-run boutique winery devoted to producing top-quality varietals. Founded by Pat Ferguson and his daughter Fergie in 2006, the 6 acre estate winery excels in capturing the essence of Santa Barbara County terroir and reveals […]

Get the Dirt about Big Tar Wines from Winemaker Aaron Watty

20 Feb

Big Tar began with money I earned from harvest work, which allowed me to buy some Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Three Creek Vineyard, now Crown Point. I made 200 cases of wine. After working 15 years in the restaurant business I was able to call upon friends in the industry to buy some wine. It […]

Get the Dirt about RN Estate from Roger Nicolas

27 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2003 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 1250 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? Tastings by appointment only, phone or email. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? After much of exposure to to the greatest wine of the […]

Get the Dirt about Kale Wines from Kale Anderson

24 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? My first harvest was in 2001 at J Wine Co. Our first Kale Wines vintage was in 2008. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We started out at about 300 cases annually, but now we are up to 750. 3. Do you have a Tasting […]

Get the Dirt about Starfield Vineyards from Tom Sinton

22 Oct

1.What was your first vintage year? 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 150-250 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? There is no tasting room. Wine is available from the website only. 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Kian Tavakoli, who formerly worked at Opus One, consults with me […]

Get the Dirt on DENO Wines from Dennis Sharpe

22 Oct

Alto Pomar (DENO’s estate vineyard) was initially planted in 1993, as the dream of a frustrated farmer. From Southern California city boy to a farmer planting grapes, was a long journey. In 1992, me and Marty Diffley found a property which became Alto Pomar in the Templeton Hills of the Paso Robles winegrowing appellation. A move from […]

Get the Dirt About Irie Wines from Justin Murphy

20 Oct

Irie Wine began with three barrels back in 2006 and has continued to be a passion of mine. Beyond crafting a wine that knocks your socks off with exceptional body, aroma and mouth-watering taste, my goal with Irie is to bring you an experience that comes with sharing a great bottle of wine with family, […]

Get the Dirt about Diablo Paso Wines from Enrique Torres

16 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? 2012 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 250 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No but we can provide Barrel Tastings by appointment only. 4. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? I began working in the wine industry during Harvest […]

Get the Dirt about Stolo Family Vineyards from Maria Stolo Bennetti

15 Oct

Stolo Family Vineyards & Winery is a welcomed addition to the hidden gem, Cambria CA. The farmhouse & old dairy barn date back to the late 1800’s. With the addition of the new rustic tasting room and winery, visitors are treated with the full winery experience. Stolo Family Vineyards is the only Estate winery, tasting […]

Out of the Garage: Part 2

13 Oct

Where did we leave off? Ah yes, in the garage. Around the time of the first Festival and having been inspired by our fellow garagistes, my wine-loving compatriots (we nicknamed ourselves the Four Stooges – just come and watch us work some time) jumped in and made our first vintage with the help of many friends in […]

Get the Dirt about Vino Vargas from Vicky Vargas

10 Oct

1. What was your first vintage year? Our first commercial vintage was 2011 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 1000 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room, please call or email for appointment. Winery@vinovargas.com or 805-369-1440 4. If not you, who is your winemaker? Pedro Vargas 5. How did […]

Get the Dirt about Dane Cellars from winemaker Bart Hansen

7 Oct

My career in the wine industry began as a summer job. During that first harvest, my job was to deliver five tons of grapes at a time, down the mountain, in a one-ton truck. It was from that experience that I knew I wanted to be a winemaker. I began my professional career with Kenwood […]

A Little Dirt about Artisan Uprising from David Vondrasek

6 Oct

Specializing in ultra-premium wines grown in Paso Robles, Artisan Uprising was created after years of making wine solely for our family. We quickly found ourselves making more wine than the family could drink. Now that we make enough to share, we have held true to our process and mindset of how our wines should be […]

Get the Dirt about Trojak-Knier Winery from Eric Trojak

1 Oct

The winery was started as a home wine making project by Jim Knier and me in Jim’s garage in 1993. We made one 30 gallon barrel of Zinfandel and one 30 gallon barrel of Cab. After several years of increasing production we realized that we were making too much wine for the space and moved […]

I Am a Garagiste. Literally.

25 Sep

Be careful what you wish for. or Dreams do come true…Depends on the day.   By Doug Minnick The blog below was originally written in 2011. Much has happened since then, so we’re reprinting this again to get you caught up. Then we’ll get into what we’re up to now. But first, a look back […]

Get the Dirt about Cowan Cellars from Jim Cowan

24 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? I made one barrel of Syrah in 2007 (not commercially available) and have made wine every year since. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? About 600-700 over several varieties. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? No tasting room; folks may make an appointment at either […]

Tasting Like a Pro: What’s the point?

18 Sep

By Melanie Webber “Fresh-Cut Garden Hose!” In the documentary Somm, that phrase is used as an aroma descriptor for a wine by one of the Master Sommelier candidates. Really? I don’t know, call me crazy, but I have a hose and a garden and yet would still be challenged to recognize that aroma in a glass, […]

Get the Dirt about Tlo Wines from Andy Zaninovich

17 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? We began making wine in 2008 but we did not sell our wine until May of 2013 starting with our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We make 500 cases per vintage. 3. Do you have a Tasting Room?  We do not […]

Get the Dirt from Patrick Lynch of Lynch Wines

12 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? Lynch Wines first commercial vintage was 2012, We made 94 cases of our 2012 Strummer Syrah 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? We have tried to increase case production by 50% each year, we hope to have 125 cases of 2013 Strummer Syrah (depending how […]

Get the Dirt about J. Brix Wines

8 Sep

1. What was your first vintage year? 
 2010 (after our true-garage vintage in 2009)2. How many cases do you make per vintage? 
As we’ve grown, our production has increased from 75 cases to about 700 cases.3. Do you have a Tasting Room? 
We don’t have a tasting room, but we’re always happy to welcome guests […]

My Second Career as a Winemaker

3 Sep

By Lisa Dinsmore Well, not MY second career. When we were trying to come up with a seminar topic that was unique to our Festival this idea just jumped out. I mean, both of our co-founders make their own wine and have had success in completely different arenas (acting and the music business) which certainly […]

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 […]