Category Archives: Winemakers

8 Years in the Desert : A New Wine from Dave Phinney and Orin Swift

8 years in the desert with car background

Wine lovers across the country may not know him by name, but they have seen and drank his wines. They are everywhere, from grocery stores to high-end wine shops. Even the wine-curious, that know his many brands, such as the Prisoner and Orin Swift, know little about the mind behind some of the most successful […]

Former Screaming Eagle Winemaker, Andy Erickson’s New Wine: Leviathan

Leviathan label

His resumé is extensive, Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Spottswoode, Ovid, Dalla Valle, Staglin, Favia, Mayacamas, Mulderbosch.  Andy knows a thing or two about making wines in California. Not just any wines, he has been winemaker at some of the most legendary wineries in The United States and is now even dabbling in historic places like South […]

Meet the Winemaker: Justin Lattanzio

Justin Lattanzio moved to San Francisco from the East Coast in the Fall of 1996, knowing very little about wine. However, with all of the great restaurants and wine shops in the San Francisco Bay area, it was easy for him to find and to taste some of the finest wines from California and around […]

Rolando Herrera and Mi Sueno – More than just a dream.

Rolando Herrera was a teetotaler until he discovered he had a good wine palate. The native of Michoacan, Mexico, was working as a laborer before discovering an interest in winemaking. He is now founder and sole proprietor of Mi Sueño Winery, and his wines are poured in restaurants throughout the U.S.—and even at a 2001 […]

Winemaker Spotlight on Bridget Raymond

A decade ago, Wine Spectrum was introduced to several fantastic, but unknown, winemakers. They were just getting their start and coming into their own, making great wines, but flying very ‘under the radar.’ Some of these now familiar names and faces include Jason Woodbridge of Hundred Acre, Tor Kenward of Tor and Russell Bevan of […]

Ramey Wine Cellars. Guided by passion and a commitment to goodness in the glass.

A DELICATE BALANCE Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards. Our philosophy is our process: It’s about respect for the land. Nature guides our process and we listen – closely. It’s about terroir. The vineyards are selected for their ability to sustainably produce […]

Kathryn Kennedy; California sun with a Bordeaux style

An excerpt from the 1/14/16 edition of the New York Times Santa Cruz Cabernet: Wines You Never Knew By ERIC ASIMOV “Where cabernet grows the best is the Silicon Valley side, the high-value real estate area,” said Marty Mathis, president of Kathryn Kennedy Winery, which has made excellent cabernet sauvignon in Saratoga since Ms. Kennedy, Mr. […]

Learn about one of Napa Valley’s emerging stars!

Benoit is a star on the rise in the wine world and is devoted to continuing the tradition of producing wines of distinction and acclaim.  “For me it’s all about the mindset, about what kind of freedom you’re going to get. I’m the kind of person who likes to build something, not just maintain it.” ~ Benoit […]

Kirk Venge; The Son Tries to Out-do the Father

Winemaker for Venge Vineyards, Igneous, Hunnicutt, Macauley Vineyard, Frazier, Bacio Divino, JAX, B Cellars, Trespass, JR Wine and Calistoga Ranch. “When I was growing up, working in the vineyard and winery gave me a wonderful sense of partnership in my family’s way of life; it was hard work, but I loved it.” – Kirk Venge […]

Wine Spectrum’s 2015 Winemaker of the Year is…

A lot of things have changed in the 25 years we have been putting great wine’s on people’s tables. But one thing that hasn’t is the standard we set so long ago. We will only work with the BEST wines, and the BEST winemakers. We work with hundreds of winemakers and we taste through thousands of wines […]