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? 50-75 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]