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A Carafe Please . . .

July 26th, 2013

I was visiting one of my favorite wine bulletin board, Wineberserkers, when I saw a thread about a restaurant in LA offering wine by carafe. That’s nothing that unusual, but what was unusual was that they were telling you the variety, vintage and region, but not the producer. Their concept was to remove some of Read more…



Blending for Perfection . . . . or just blending . . .

July 25th, 2013

I’ve spent the last couple of days prepping for a bottling run I’ll be doing at the end of August. It’s been a lot of fun going through dozens of barrels and determining how they’re all going to find a place in a bottle.



SB County Vintner’s Festival – Yep, It’s THAT Time Again . . . .

April 15th, 2011

Well, there’s been no frost since my last post – all of three days ago! – but we’ll take it thus far! I’m excited about this weekend’s Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Festival, the annual Spring get together of the 100+ wineries that are members of this association (and hopefully we’ll add the others in our Read more…



Mother Nature Once Again

April 12th, 2011

April is always a scary month in the wine business. No, not because of tax season . . .but that certainly is scary in and of itself! It’s a time when the vines have reawakened and start to grow, and bud break is in full swing. Inside each of these tiny buds, which start out Read more…



2010 Harvest – TIME OUT!

October 19th, 2010

So here we sit, more than half way through October, and I truly have no idea how to describe the current harvest other than to say that it is the strangest, wackiest, least predictable, most $$!!@@@!!! harvest on record!!!!



More Signs That Harvest Is Here . . .

September 29th, 2010

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Donut Time

September 25th, 2010

With my last blog, I set the stage for what lays ahead – a whole lot of grapes arriving shortly. And as many of you may have heard, we are in the beginning stages of a pretty big heat wave in our area, with temperatures expected to top 100 buy cialis no prescription degrees for Read more…



The Story Behind Thread Wine . . .

March 14th, 2010

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What To Do In Tougher Times?!?!?!

October 2nd, 2009

There have been a number of recent stories about wineries making changes of some sort in order to ride out the downturn in our industry. The most visible current story involves Pali Winery, a Santa Barbara County-based win discount viagra ery that actually has been proactive in trying to move wines.