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In Memory of the ‘King of Zinfandel’ Kent Rosenblum

Kent Rosenblum with wine glass

Tributes have been pouring in since it was announced that Kent Rosenblum, the good natured veterinarian from Minnesota turned winemaking icon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night from complications following knee replacement surgery.  He was 74. Kent, a pioneer in the modern California Zinfandel movement,  was just a vet living in San Francisco’s East Bay when […]

Joseph Swan Celebrates 50 Years of Great Winemaking

black and white swan with background

Many of today’s wine drinkers might not have heard the story of Joseph Swan, but you probably know of a winery named Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Before there was a Burt Williams and Ed Selyem making cult Pinot Noirs in the Russian River Valley, there was Joe Swan, producing elegant Pinot Noirs […]

WaterMark Wines: Napa’s Best Kept Secret from the Winemaker of Diamond Creek Vineyards

watermark label and valley and mountains

WaterMark Wine is a small longtime under-the-radar boutique winery run by Phil Steinschriber. Phil is also winemaker for the much coveted Cabernet Sauvignons of Diamond Creek Vineyards and because of his long history (35+ years) working in the wine industry in the Napa Valley has access to the best fruit sources, which he uses to […]

Grower and Winemaker: Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez American Dream

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 […]

Mia Klein: The Winemaker Behind Some of the Most Iconic Napa Wines

Mia Klein

Dalla Valle, Araujo, Bressler, Spottswoode, Viader… Mia Klein’s clients describe her palate as deadly accurate. That’s why she’s one of the most sought-after winemaking consultants in America. Mia Klein is among the most widely respected winemakers in California. She is credited with an innate ability to craft wines of finesse and balance from top-quality fruit. Before […]

Winemaker Russell Bevan delivers another great lineup of Bevan Cellars wines

Bevan Cellars

Winemaker Russell Bevan’s larger than life personality is only exceed by the critical acclaim and sky high scores that his wines receive. With a countless number of 90- to 100-point scores from the most respected wine critics in the world, it has taken less than 15 years for Bevan Cellars wines to be rocketed to the top of […]

2016 Burgundy is the Vintage No One Saw Coming

2016 burgundy and grapes

The good news 2016 is a stunning vintage, the bad news there are only miniscule amounts to be had The 2016 Vintage in Burgundy April 27th will be remembered as the day that shaped this vintage as a terrible frost swept through Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.  The result is that 2016 is one of the smallest harvests the […]

2017 Winemaker of the Year Cameron Woodbridge

2017 winemaker of the year

With 3 wines featured in our Top 100 Wines of 2017, Cameron Woodbridge was a clear choice for our 2017 Winemaker of the Year. Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that Cameron Woodbridge was raised with. Growing up around the wine country […]

Winemaker to Know: Cameron Woodbridge

wine grapes in hand

Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that Cameron Woodbridge was raised with. Growing up around the wine country of southern Ontario in Canada started this journey but it wasn’t until he was much older that the real journey began. Years […]

The Winemaking Genius of Julien Fayard

Julian Fayard

We have been following Julien Fayard’s career for several years now and are consistantly impressed with the wines that he creates. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well […]