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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 […]

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RE:FIND Distillery is up to even MORE fun and delicious things

RE:FIND Distillery is still the best little distillery on the Central Coast. I am somewhat biased about this, but trust me.  You need to try these spirits. I stopped in for a visit last week to see what they’ve been up to since I featured them last year–because the Villicanas (owners Alex and Monica), with […]

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Quick update: Rangeland’s new tasting room is open!

You may recall my profile of Rangeland wines in Paso Robles last summer–beautifully crafted estate wines in a gorgeous west Paso setting. The only catch was that you had to make an appointment to taste their wines–maybe you’re shy about that, or maybe it’s just a difficult thing to schedule on a weekend of wine […]

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A celebration of Lodi’s old vine Zinfandels

If you have ever uttered the words “I don’t like Zinfandel,” I humbly suggest you are most likely wrong about that. Sure, taste in wines is a hugely subjective thing, but when most people say “I don’t like Zinfandel,” what they almost always mean–whether they realize it or not–is that they don’t like the popular-10-years-ago […]

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2018 California Wine Country calendar – pretty pictures for a great cause!

Along with my usual nature photography calendar (my annual Visionary Light calendar), I’m offering a California wine country calendar this year.  It features images from the state’s beautiful wine regions, and I’m donating $5 from the sale of each calendar to the RCU North Coast Fire Relief Fund, which is helping with recovery from this […]

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Some photos from California’s 2017 harvest

Just because California (mostly) broke its five-year drought this year did not mean it was a perfect year for growing winegrapes.  Growers dealt with devastating floods early in the season–leaving some of Lodi’s most storied vineyards submerged in water until early summer!–and an unprecedented heat spike just as harvest began, with almost two weeks of […]