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Of Mice and Men . . . and Cats

July 31st, 2013

14031756 I awoke the other morning to my daughter asking me to quickly come over to where she was standing. There, in our house, behind a duffle bag, lay a mouse. Now my daughter loves animals and would never want to hurt them, and wasn’t sure if the mouse was alive or dead – so Read more…

On Fishing and Winemaking

July 30th, 2013

I took my youngest son Jaxon out fishing yesterday for the first time. He’s been asking me to take him for quite some time, but things just never worked out, or I just never made the time I needed to to make it happen.

So How Long Should I Store That Bottle???

July 28th, 2013

This is one of the most widely asked questions I get in the tasting room each and every day. Someone tries a wine and wants to pick up a few to ‘lay down’ for future enjoyment . . . but they want a reassurance that they can and should do this.

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.

It’s What’s Inside The Bottle (or Tasting Room) That Counts . . .

July 19th, 2011

I do a lot of tastings for my label throughout California, and I’m always amazed at what draws people over to my table. Sometimes it’s my sad puppy eyes when no one else is willing to venture over to me. Sometimes it’s the Erlenmeyer flasks that have become part of my ‘signature’ at these tastings. Read more…

One Headlight . . . and a Beautiful Week

November 1st, 2010

Driving to work this morning, I noticed that I was not able to see the road as clearly as I should . . . and then noticed that one of my headlights had burned out. Not a big deal, except when you drive around early morning and late night hours like I do. No biggee Read more…

2010 SB County Celebration of Harvest Festival

October 6th, 2010

As many of you know, I am quite the ‘homer’ for the Santa Barbara County area and all things wine-related here. Putting my time and energy into this, I am now the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association, which has well over 125 winery and vineyard members.

A Long Pour visits tercero . . .

September 30th, 2010

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Wayne Kelterer of A Long Pour a few weeks ago to talk about wine, about Parker scores, about the current harvest, and about our shared love of the Santa Barbara County area.

Give A Little Bit . . .

May 17th, 2010

As owners of a wine label, we get asked to give to a lot of different organizations – a surprisingly large number of them, many of which we have no direct tie to whatsoever. I wish that we could assist all of them, but we simply cannot.