Monthly Archives: May 2015

Winemaker Spotlight: Thomas Rivers Brown

Turley Estate, Schrader, Maybach Cellars, Outpost, Rivers-Marie, Round Pond, ALOFT, and Kinsella. These projects and others are what prompted Food & Wine Magazine to name Thomas Rivers Brown its 2010 Winemaker of the Year. One of the most exciting young talents in Napa Valley, Thomas was born in Sumter, South Carolina. He developed an interest in wine while […]

A Vineyard Update with La Pitchoune Winemaker Andrew Berge

Winemaker Andrew Berge checks in with us after a vineyard visit that he recently made. For those not familiar with Andrew, he is a phenomenal up-and-coming winemaker. Some say he has already arrived. Andrew makes the wines at both La Pitchoune (The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from La Pitchoune was our #5 Rated Pinot […]

Jayson Woodbridge and Hundred Acre create a possibly perfect wine.

“Good” isn’t a word Jayson Woodbridge, owner, vintner and visionary of Hundred Acre would use when it comes to his wines. His motto is clear and concise, “stand amongst the very best or not at all”; he’s spared no expense assembling one of Napa Valley’s most exciting wines. Accompanied by a team of Napa Valley’s brightest […]

(VIDEO) The 2015 Sonoma County Barrel Auction

On Friday May 1st, 2015 Wine Spectrum and 250 other top trade and media guests participated in the first ever Sonoma County Barrel Auction.  “Glenn Siegel of Santa Rosa, Calif.-based retailer Wine Spectrum was one of the biggest spenders… As owner of a 25-year-old local retail operation selling to consumers around the country, Siegel said he came to […]

3 Dynamic Winemakers Highlight Last Weeks Tastings.

Rolando Herrera of Mis Sueno: Rolando Herrera is one of wine country’s best winemakers. He received his break into the business working under the famous Warren Winiarski in the cellars of Stag’s Leap. Rolando honed his craft and worked his way up from the bottom, finally becoming Cellar Master of this notable winery. After Stag’s Leap he then […]

Open up your Palate with Aperitifs

Apéritif is a French word, which, like its Italian counterpart, aperitivo, comes from the Latin aperire, meaning “to open.” An important part of France’s, Italy’s, and other European countries’ dining traditions, aperitifs are alcoholic beverages sipped as appetite-stimulating lead-ins to a meal. Think of them as the appetizers of the alcohol menu. Weighing in somewhere between […]

Learn more about one of the hottest Burgundy producers!

Remoissenet Père et Fils is one of the hottest boutique Burgundy producers, a 13.5 hectare (over 33 acres) Burgundian estate and négociant house located in Beaune. I have had the last 3 vintages from Remoissent, and every year the quality level improves dramatically. A wonderful tasting the other day with Remoissenet President Pierre Rovani, such a character and […]