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Some Things are Worth Waiting For

2018 Harvest Notes In the past week, winter has finally set in along the Central Californian coast and rain is soaking the now-dormant vineyards. The harvest is officially...

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Natural Wine: how Natural is Au Naturel? Lumen Wines
Natural Wine: How Natural is Au Naturel?

There is nothing more compelling than natural beauty. Ad men always have said that sex sells (such as this photo, above, of Lane Tanner enjoying a "Pinot bath"),...

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Sexy Bombshell Baby

The Fickle Nature of Single Vineyard Pinot Noir The 2015 vintage was more temperamental than a cat in heat. In the Santa Maria Valley, high temperatures and tropical...

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WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS
When it Rains it Pours

Thoughts on the Wettest of Vintages The vineyards are flooding.  Southern California is currently experiencing what the forecasters are calling “the largest weather event in the last six...

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Hocus Pocus Vitis Vinifera
Hocus Pocus Vitis Vinifera

Are Winemakers Magicians? Years ago I wrote an article for The Surfer’s Path Magazine about my good friend, Oded Shakked, who was then winemaker at J Vineyards.  During...

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Paint by Numbers Pinot
Paint by Numbers Pinot

Will 2016 be the vintage of the decade? 2016 marks the fifth vintage that I have worked alongside my partner and friend, Lane Tanner.  One of the things...

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A Good Year's Sleep
A good year’s sleep

Thoughts on El Niño and General Lack of Z's “I don’t pay the mortgage that I do for rainy weather,” my Irish friend said to me a few...

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Estar or être…. That is The Question

The Spanish and French have argued for centuries over which side of the border Grenache originates from.  In Spain it is known as Garnacha, and is the most...

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