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Harvest interlude: 2020 bringing challenges, but fruit is looking good.

2020 continues to find ways to challenge all of us, and life out in the vineyard has been no exception. The summer was moving along rather uneventfully in the vineyard, and then August arrived and brought with it an extended heatwave the likes of which haven’t been recorded for 70 years. Grapevines are pretty resilient, […]

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Little winery, BIG Rhônes

One of my favorite Paso Robles wineries is up in today’s hype joint: McPrice Myers, a little westside jewel that’s producing some truly outstanding Rhône varieties. He (McPrice Myers is the winemaker/owner’s name) uses fruit from Paso Robles/Central Coast and Santa Barbara County, and my favorites are probably the intensely flavorful single-vineyard wines from Ballard […]

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Meet Markus.

I’ve told you about Markus Niggli’s wines before, and you’ll see his wines appear regularly in my Instagram feed. Because I love them. Peruse the profile I wrote on him and his wines a couple of years ago–his story is fascinating. Just as I was intrigued by Sue Tipton’s bold choice to produce stellar white […]

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My #1 hype will always be Acquiesce Vineyards.

I first encountered these wines four years ago, which you can read about here, and then about six months later I wrote a full profile on the winemaker, Sue Tipton, here. Full disclosure: I used to work for them, but this post and the recommendations herein are independently mine. I went to work for them […]

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California Wineries Need Your Help.

Hi! My name’s Robin, and I am a one-woman hype joint for small wine producers in California. I know, I know–you thought I was just another wine blogger. Which I am. But we are living in weird, volatile times. I’ve let my personal wine blog go semi-dormant while I work(ed) doing social media for an […]

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Let’s unhibernate this thing.

So, in my last post I excitedly proclaimed “I’m back!” HAHAHA. Then the universe said “Hold my beer.” HAHAHAHAHA I’ll spare you all the details, but short version: 2019 was chaos defined, but also the year I had some interesting opportunities come my way. I left Los Angeles after 20 years (and will continue to […]

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So it’s BEEN A WHILE.

Health weirdness, day jobs, and how a thing called #winestudio kept me sane & in the game Hey there, readers. If you follow me on social media you know I’m alive and well, but blog subscribers may be wondering where on earth I went for the better part of a year. Well, let me tell […]

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Robert Haas, Founder of Tablas Creek Winery, 1927-2018

I never met Robert Haas. I had very much hoped I would, at some point, as I continue work on my ongoing Year in the Life of Wine documentary project, which is set at his Tablas Creek vineyard in west Paso Robles. He died this past weekend at the age of 90. There have already […]

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Hidden in plain site: the treasure that is Lodi’s (endangered) ancient vines.

As Lodi gradually builds awareness of its place in California wine culture, and therefore as a wine travel destination, it is simultaneously losing, bit by bit, one of the most important resources that make it a wine country treasure: its ancient-vine vineyards, many well over 100 years old. Kevin Phillips, Vice President of Operations at […]

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You say garrigue, I say chaparral: why California wines deserve a native descriptor.

Old habits die hard, and there is safety in the familiar.  In the wine world’s accepted collection of wine descriptors, garrigue and garrigue herbs are often used to describe a particular herbacious quality in certain wines, particularly from the south of France–but what is garrigue?  And are we really using the term correctly in describing […]