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 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 […]

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 […]

Get the Dirt about Clos Solene from Guillaume Fabre

10 Sep

Created in 2007, Clos Solene is a small boutique winery. A strong foot on the farming, we farm 4 acres, high density, located in the  westside of Paso Robles on incredible limestone terroir. The wines reflect what we try to achieved during the whole season in the vineyard. We produce our Essence de Roussanne since […]

Get the Dirt from Carl Bowker of Caliza Winery

6 Sep

Carl and Pam both spent many years in the trade show industry in San Francisco. Like many hard working professionals, they were discussing their future and what they wanted to do in the next chapter of their lives. On a drive to San Diego for a family Thanksgiving, they were lost in the heavy fog […]

Get the Dirt About ONX Wines

3 Sep

Since our inaugural 2008 vintage, the ONX team has been focused on producing wines that portray individually distinct personalities, which also in turn possess consistent commonalities recognizable as a family of cuvees.  Our six estate blends are an expression of Briarwood Vineyards (the ONX Wines vineyards), located in the Templeton Gap area of Western Paso […]

Get the Dirt About LaZarre Wine Company

30 Aug

Adam and his wife Angie are completely committed to providing the very best possible wines at any price and will continue to do so until he departs this earth.  After all, wine is a gift from God and should be enjoyed responsibly or at least naked….. They begin crafting single vineyard Pinot Noir and added […]

Get the Dirt About Turiya Wines from Angela Soleno

26 Aug

Turiya is a small producer of ultra boutique wines from the Central Coast of California. Turiya is determined to create rare, fine wines, both blends as well as extremely small releases of single cultivars, each lot personally crafted by winemaker Angela Soleno. Angela, who discovered wine only after a broken heart, worked as a Project […]

Get the Dirt About Seven Angels Cellars from Greg Martin

20 Aug

Seven Angels Cellars began in the Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles in 2009 with our first vintage of Petite Sirah, our flagship wine. Our family owned winery produces small lots of exceptional red wines made from the highest quality fruit we can source.  We currently produce zinfandel, petite sirah, syrah and two red blends, […]

Get the Dirt about The Missing Leg

8 Jul

The Missing Leg is the culmination of over 30 shared years of production and hospitality experience in California’s Central Coast wine industry. Karl and Heidi Wicka have witnessed first hand the unbelievable coming of age of Paso Robles as a world renowned wine destination. In addition, over the past 20 years we have developed an […]

Get the Dirt about Baker & Brain

2 Jul

What was your first vintage year? 2009 2. How many cases do you make per vintage? Currently up to 1200 cases 3. Do you have a Tasting Room? If Yes/Hours? If NO, can people make an appt? Via email/Phone? We aren’t currently in a position to do tastings at the winery, but try to do as […]

Get the Dirt from Paul Wilkins of Autonom

13 Feb

Autonom is the sole project of Alta Maria Vineyards and Native9 winemaker Paul Wilkins.  The focus is on limited release Rhone vareity wines sourced from vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast. 1. What was your first vintage year? 2007 2. Do you have a Tasting Room? Yes, located at Alta Maria Vineyards’ tasting room in Los […]

Get the Dirt from James Ontiveros of Native9 Wines

12 Feb

My family settled in the Santa Maria Valley nine generations ago. Despite our long history in the valley, I didn’t inherit this land; my family and I worked hard to regain a modest piece of land, primarily used as a cattle ranch along with the eight acres my vineyard sits on.  The cattle ranch was […]

Get the Dirt from Kyle Knapp of Press Gang Cellars

11 Feb

After 7 years in the cellars I was ready to start on my future.  Inspired by music and life on the road and a love affair for food and travel Press Gang Cellars was born. I wanted something different to represent my wines, something against the grain. Press Gang Cellars is all about working hard […]

Get the Dirt from Blair Pence of Pence Ranch

10 Feb

For most of my adult life, I have been obsessed with Pinot Noir. I first cut my teeth on this transcendent variety when I was inducted into the Chevaliers du Tastevin, effectively changing my palate forever. Through this association, I was able to return to Burgundy annually during the dead of winter, and over time, […]

Get the Dirt from Mikael Sigouin of Kaena Wine Co.

9 Feb

Established in 2001 Kaena has been making some of the areas finest Grenache and Rhone blends with vineyards within the Ballard Canyon area. Named on of the most promising producers by Wine Spectator Magazine. Focus is on small lot hand crafted wines that show distinction and sense of place. 1. What was your first vintage […]

Get the Dirt with Ryan Cochrane

8 Feb

I’ve been making vineyard-designate Pinot Noir in extremely small quantities since starting my label in 2010, when I produced just a single barrel of my first wine. I made three barrels of wine in 2011 and twelve barrels last year. I’m not sure if that’s even enough to qualify for garagiste status, but I couldn’t […]

Get the Dirt from Ernst Storm of Storm Wines

7 Feb

Storm Wines is a small Boutique Winery specializing in small lot wine production. Storm Wines was founded in 2006 by Ernst Storm with the focus on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from select sites in Santa Barbara County. We make wines with strong personality of Vintage and Site. 1. What was your first vintage year? […]

Get the Dirt from Karen Steinwachs of Seagrape Wine Co.

6 Feb

We admit it, we’re island people. Dave originating from the British Isles, Karen having lived part of her nomadic life in St. Croix , and vacations always somewhere in the tropics. The Seagrape tree (Coccoloba uvifera) is found near seaside beaches and is a visual reminder of both our winemaking roots and our love of […]

Get the Dirt from Clarissa Nagy of C. Nagy Wines

5 Feb

While at Byron, I met my winemaking match and life-long partner, Jonathan Nagy.  We were married at the winery in May 2003.  We decided to make a barrel of Viognier that we would bottle and label ourselves to give to our wedding guests.  This was the original Nagy wine and so begins the story. Extensive […]

Get the Dirt from Michael Larner of Larner Vineyard

4 Feb

Michael Larner is winemaker and vineyard manager at the family-run, boutique Larner Vineyard & Winery in Santa Barbara, California. He received a MS degree from the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis in 2005 and earned a BS in Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has traveled to three continents for […]

Get the Dirt from Ron Hill of a-non-ah-mus Wines

3 Feb

A small label dedicated to limited production of terrior driven varietals utilizing as little intervention into the winemaking process as possible. 1. What was your first vintage year? 2007 2. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? Started as an internship at Babcock Vineyards in 2001. 3. What wine made you want to become […]

Get the Dirt from Kevin Law of Luminesce Wine

1 Feb

The first commercial release for Luminesce was 2006.  We are currently focusing on Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria vineyards.  Our goal is to capture the fullest expression of the vineyard by using very little new oak, picking at optimum acids and sugars, and bottling without filtering or fining. 1. How did you get your start […]

Get the Dirt from Nicholas Miller of J. Wilkes Wines

31 Jan

J. Wilkes was established in 2001 by Jeff Wilkes, a wine industry veteran of the Santa Maria Valley. Jeff tragically passed away in 2010 just as he was coming into his prime as a winemaker. Remembered as a friend, co-worker and extraordinary winemaker, the Miller Family purchased the J. Wilkes wine label. As a tribute […]

Get the Dirt from Joshua Klapper at La Fenetre Wines

30 Jan

Since I began making wine in 2005, La Fenêtre – French for The Window – has been the expression of my art: winemaking. As with any great art, this wine begins with respect for tradition. That means starting with world-class vineyard sources that have the perfect combination of soil, climate, and sustainable farming practices and it extends […]

Get the Dirt from Etienne Terlinden from Cordon Wines

30 Jan

Etienne Terlinden was introduced to wine in his grandfather’s wine cellar near Brussels in Belgium. His appreciation for wine grew from traveling the world with his family and later with the US Navy, where he made numerous trips to France. While earning his BA at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Etienne’s love of […]

Get the Dirt from Derek McLeish of El Rey Vineyard

28 Jan

The El Rey vineyard is planted on the very western edge of Santa Barbara County on a hill overlooking the La Purisima Mission lands.  This growing area is just perfect for Pinot Noir – a noble grape that thrives in this cool-climate area covered with chilly morning fog and strong afternoon winds that blow off […]

Get the Dirt from David DuBois of Cholame Vineyard

26 Jan

Drawing on my background in horticulture, I decided to find some land where we could start a vineyard from the ground up.  With the purchase of 75 acres along Vineyard Canyon Road, we realized this goal.  In our first phase, we planted 10 acres of vines. We chose our varieties carefully, matching the soil with […]

Get the Dirt from Sonja Magdevski of Casa Dumetz

25 Jan

As owner/winemaker of Casa Dumetz Wines, my goal is to create vibrant, balanced and approachable wines using the basic ingredients of premium Santa Ynez Valley fruit and hard work.  My limited wine production portfolio (just over 1,000 cases) is focused towards Rhone varietals.  The current line-up includes a syrah rose, viognier, syrah, five single vineyard grenaches, […]

Get the Dirt from Blair Fox

24 Jan

Blair Fox Cellars is dedicated to producing small lot, handcrafted bottlings of exceptional quality Rhone varietal wines from the most premium vineyards in Santa Barbara County. We search for vineyards which produce grapes with beautiful concentration and intense varietal character. These grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted, fermented in small lots, and basket pressed to […]

Get the Dirt from Robert Baehner of Baehner Fournier Vineyards

22 Jan

BFV was founded when Dr. Bob Baehner and his wife Vickie Fournier Baehner planted five of their sixteen acres on a hilltop in the eastern Santa Ynez foothills to French cloned vines. Their first vintage was privately produced in 2004, a blend of all three varieties grown on the property – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and […]

Get the Dirt from Ryan Roark of Roark Wine Co.

17 Jan

I started Roark Wine Co in 2009 to try my hand at making and marketing my own wine. Initially I made chenin blanc and added malbec in 2010, I added cab franc in 2011 and pinot noir in 2012. In 2012 I made about 500 cases of wine. 1. Do you have a Tasting Room? […]

Get the Dirt about Shai Cellars from winemaker Shawn Halahmy

16 Jan

I found magic in wine. Other than water & honey that comes to us naturally form Mother Earth, wine is the labor of love we all share as winemakers turning that ever so sweet nectar of the grape into this amazing magical liquid that can sometimes outlast a human life… This was magic to me […]

Get the Dirt from Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines

15 Jan

Tercero Wines is boutique producer located in Los Olivos, CA that produces high quality, reasonably priced red and white wines using grapes from leading Santa Barbara County vineyards. They make single varietal wines from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Grenache Blanc and Gewurztraminer as well as a Rose and various blends. 1. What was your […]

The Dirt from Dan Kessler of Kessler-Haak Wines

14 Jan

Kessler-Haak is a family-owned and operated 30 acre organically farmed vineyard and winery located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.  Planted in 2005, with first harvest in 2008, the vineyard supplies Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit for Kessler-Haak Wines and other small producers such as Samsara, Carr Wines and Evening Land.  Currently producing about 600 cases/year, the Kessler-Haak […]

More Dirt from Robert Behlendorf of Vin Alegre Vineyards

1 Nov

1. How did you get your start in the winemaking business? We bought the vineyard in 2002. We made home wine in 2003 which our  friends and family said was pretty good wine. We made home wine again in 2004 which again was received with enthusiasm. In 2005, a local winery made an incredible wine […]

More Dirt from Amy Butler of Ranchero Cellars

24 Oct

1. How did you get your start in the winemaking business?  I went to school for it, and it’s the only career I’ve ever had.  Starting Ranchero Cellars was my reward for making wine for others for 12+ years.  2. What’s your favorite varietal/wine to make? Why? Carignan.  Need you ask?  It’s savage, and unique, […]

Get the Dirt from Phillip Hart of Ambyth Estate

19 Oct

AmByth Estate is a 42 acre certified Biodynamic farm located in the central coast of California, in the Paso Robles AVA. The estate has 20 acres of dry-farmed, head-trained vineyards and over 600 Spanish olive trees. They are raising their own beef, poultry and bees and are dedicated to growing their own fruits and vegetables–with […]

A Little Dirt about St. Hilaire Vineyards from John Anderson

18 Oct

Planted in 1998, the vision for St. Hilaire vineyard was to develop low-yielding, high-quality fruit so that only the very best grapes go into making their wines. Owner/Winemaker John Anderson spends many hours each week perfecting his wine-making skills and managing the vineyard. His hands-on approach comes naturally. His background in biology makes him acutely aware of the […]

More Dirt about Cloak & Dagger from Ray Schofield

16 Oct

Cloak And Dagger Wines conspires to produce exceptional wines in extremely limited quantities. They are committed to growing the highest quality fruit possible, using minimal irrigation to maintain low yields for maximum intensity. They also outsource fruit from small growers throughout California, whose quality meets their demanding standards. 1. How did you get your start […]