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, [...]

Get the Dirt from William Allen of Two Shepherds

21 Oct

I was a garagiste for years before moving into commercial production in 2010. Two Shepherds is a one man micro winery, committed to making old world style wines that express vintage and place. I specialize in Rhone varieties from cool climate vineyards and unique plantings, made with minimal intervention. 1. How many cases do you [...]

Get the Dirt About Hug Cellars from Augie Hug

18 Oct

Hug Cellars specializes in cultivating wines from Syrah, Pinot Noir and Grenache. As a family-owned winery, our dedication to principles of purity, integrity and balance in winemaking enable us to continually create a product with outstanding quality and character that truly captures the region’s unique terroir. 1. What was your first vintage year? Our first [...]

Get the Dirt about Felten Cellars

14 Oct

Starting with a Christmas gift, a home winemaking kit from his then-fiancee, Mary-Ellen over 40 years ago, Steve made a career of his passion for the craft. Working with some of the finest fruit in Sonoma, Napa, and the Central Coast, he has developed an instinct for balance and elegance over a wide range of [...]

Get the Dirt from Neeta Mittal of LXV Wines

8 Oct

What is probably the first wine launched by an Indian couple on the California Central Coast, LXV Wine has emerged from the teaming up of two entrepreneurial geniuses – those of Kunal and Neeta Mittal. And the talented iconoclastic winemaker Amy Butler. The style of the wine is at once classic and contemporary, showcasing the uniqueness of Paso Robles [...]

Get the Dirt About The Farm Winery from owner Jim Madsen

1 Oct

We are four friends from California & Argentina who first met at “The Farm” more than twenty-five years ago.  Back then, Santiago and Mercedes made their first pilgrimage to Napa with Jim and Azmina to stay at a bed and breakfast and do some wine tasting.   Lo and behold, the next morning, there was no [...]

Get the Dirt About Ascension Cellars

23 Sep

Ascension Cellars is a boutique winery specializing in barrel select, handcrafted Rhone and Bordeaux style wines from Paso Robles’ rich, central coast. It was our aspiration to create superior, quality wines, unique in character, that our friends and family would enjoy occassionally or turn every day into a memorable occasion. 1. What was your first vintage [...]

A Little Dirt About Samsara Wines from winemaker Chad Melville

20 Sep

Chad and Mary Melville truly believe that they are winegrowers, not winemakers – that is, that all of the important work is done in the vineyard and there is little handling or manipulation once the fruit reaches the winery. That includes the use of whole clusters in their fermentations, which lends a spiciness to the [...]

Get the Dirt about Archium Cellars from Winemakers Ian Sergy & Zach Jarosz

17 Sep

We have always been passionate about wine. The initial spark for the company came a few years back when Schrader Cab was Wine Spectator’s Wine Of The Year. When reading the cover story on Schrader I learned that he owned neither a winery nor a vineyard. That made us realize the barriers to creating our [...]

Get the Dirt about DuBost from owner Kate DuBost & Winemaker Zachary Raines

13 Sep

Our winery and vineyard is located on property that has been in the Dubost family since 1882.  We planted our first grapes in 2001.  We brought electricity to our property and broke ground in 2005 for a strawbale winery.  Our tasting room is in a corner of the barrel room. Our sons are our winemakers [...]