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A Tribute to One of California’s Most Beloved Vintners Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez

Ulises Valdez, one of California’s most beloved vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early Wednesday morning of a heart attack.  He was 49. Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most warm and loving personalities in […]

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 […]

Four Mondavi Sisters Continuing Family Tradition with Dark Matter Wines

Mondavi sisters

Four sisters, all fourth generation of Mondavi family and grand-daughters of late Peter Mondavi Sr., among many other roles they play in the family wineries and outside, together they are also running an independent boutique winery in Napa Valley- called Dark Matter, where they produce unusual long-aged wines made from their immediate family’s vineyards. In addition, […]

Powerful Mountain Cab from larger-than-life winemaker Ed Sbragia

Sbragia

Ed Sbragia is perhaps most well known as the Master Winemaker at Beringer for nearly 30 years. Ed made the High-Mountain-Cabernet program famous there after having the best selling wine in world for over 10-years. And Robert Parker has given him more 90+ scores than any living winemaker! On top of all this he is only winemaker […]

Winemaker Spotlight: Saxon Brown’s Jeff Gaffner

Saxon Brown

Jeff began his career at Chateau St. Jean, under the tutelage of renowned vintner Richard Arrowood, who Jeff credits with teaching him the importance of being as passionate about growing the grapes as making the wine. While at Chateau St. Jean, Jeff was part of the winemaking team responsible for the winery’s celebrated 1996 Cinq Cepages, […]

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 […]

Meet Winemaking Prodigy Kale Anderson

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  Kale Anderson is only in his 30’s, but he has already been making wine for a decade. Kale Anderson grew up in Sonoma County, where he was exposed to the wine industry by a community that encouraged creativity, love for the outdoors, and stewardship of the land. The Sonoma native attended UC Davis, with the […]