Craig Watts

#WBC16 Blends with Friends at Watts Winery

Blind excursions are fun because you don’t know who you will be with, what you will be drinking, and what to expect. That is probably one of the many reasons… More »

Lodi Ancient Vines

Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel & Ancient Wines During #WBC16

Are you curious about what goes on “behind the scenes” in that bottle of Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel you’re enjoying? If you’ve seen the film Sideways, you might remember the… More »

Amador County Wine #WBC16

Amador County #WBC16: Tapas & Terroirs

One of the reasons I was so eager to go on the pre-trip to Amador County – aside from tasting the Zinfandel and other wines of the region – was… More »

Meeting Christine Hanna of Hanna Wineries

  Have you ever had the magical experience of listening to a speaker who told such simple, yet heartfelt stories you felt as if you were reliving the moment with… More »

My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael

So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine. Recently I had the… More »

Meeting Christopher Silva of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Christopher Silva, CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, actually grew up in Sonoma County and as a boy, bagged groceries for St. Francis winery founder Joe Martin. That relationship… More »

The Wines of Lodi, California

Very interesting visit and tasting today with Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Craig Ledbetter of Vino Farms, who also has a position on the commission.… More »

Tasting the Wines of Rodney Strong Estate on the 25th Anniversary #RSV25

At the recent wine blogger’s conference in Santa Barbara I was able to hook up with the Rodney Strong Brothers folks, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. The story of… More »

Meeting Joan Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills

“You must be the oldest grape growing family I’ve ever met … in the USA, of course,” I say to Joan Kautz, whose family has been farming in Lodi, California… More »

Tasting Notes Week of May 5, 2014

Michael David Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Very well balanced, food friendy wine that is more “old world” than new in its bright crisp flavor profile. Compared it blind to a Sancerre… More »

Tasting Notes Week of September 3, 2013

So this week some interesting reds from Michael David Winery… Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 What was interesting about this wine was the “Lodi” factor. Though it was very fruit-led on… More »

Tasting Clos LaChance Estate Zinfandel 2010 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This week I am trying two wines from Clos LaChance, a family-owned, certified sustainable winery in the Northern Central Coast region. The winery uses modern winemaking technology mixed with old… More »

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