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

Creative, Cutting-edge Winemaking is Blooming in the Shadows of the Supermarkets 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 […]

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 […]

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 wendy@crawfordfamilywines.com 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 with Erick Allen

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 […]