Tag Archives: California wine

All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

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Let’s Learn About Zinfandel!  Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California although it has it’s roots in Croatia. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry. The big, ripe red wine that comes from these grapes  has some of […]

Grower and Winemaker: Ulises Valdez

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Ulises Valdez is one of California’s most prestigious grape growers, though you wouldn’t know it by just speaking with him. Despite the enormity of his accomplishments, Valdez  carries himself with great humility. An emotional speaker who gesticulates emphatically, Valdez alternates between cracking jokes (often self-effacing) and tearing up during one of the many poignant moments […]

Ten Reasons to Love California Wine

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September is California Wine Month, a time to celebrate all that California’s vintners and growers bring to our lifestyle, economy and culinary pleasures. You might say Californians are serious about wine and relaxed about everything else. Well, maybe not everything else: from a thriving technology industry to revolutionary green farming, we work hard and innovate constantly. […]

Calafia Cellars Delivers Legendary California Wine

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Calafia Cellars Randle Johnson has been working in Napa Valley for 35 years, and is currently a winemaker at Hess Collection. Calafia Cellars is the personal brand of Randle and his wife MaryLee. Made from their own estate grapes blended with small quantities of grapes from other vineyards, Randle uses his extensive experience and knowledge […]

All About California Wines

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California wine is unique. In most of the world’s major appellations, a region offers one, or even a few types or style of wine. Many areas allow only one, or perhaps a couple of different grape varietals. That is not the case with California wine. While many wine consumers and critics posit that the best wines produced […]

Best Wine Buys from Mietz Cellars

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Don’t mention “Sideways” to Keith Mietz. If you’re not familiar, that’s the film that included a profanity laced diatribe against Merlot. “When we first opened the winery in 1989, we made Merlot from the 11 acres right outside of our winery,” Mietz recalls. “That’s all we grew and the only varietal we made for quite […]