Wineries of Oregon – with Formaglini Vineyards

Nestled among some of the very best vineyards sites in the Chehelam Mountains AVA is where the De Lancellotti family’s first block of Pinot Noir was planted in 2007. This particular site was chosen for its silica rich, sandy soils to a set of clones destined to thrive in this AVA. The neighbors that surround […]

Posted by on 16 March 2015 | 2:40 pm

The Wines of Australia – with Tahbilk

Established in 1860, Tahbilk is one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne). The vineyard has some 200 hectares under vine which includes Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, as well as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre. Also planted are the traditional varieties […]

Posted by on 28 February 2015 | 4:14 pm

Wine in Film – “American Wine Story”

The wine industry always seems to make good subject matter for films and video. Some efforts are based on real figures, others on fictional characters. Some are romanticized versions of how we envision wineries, vineyards, and wines, while others seek to expose the unvarnished truth – embellished or otherwise. Less often, yet frequently more interesting, […]

Posted by on 9 February 2015 | 7:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 2 – Burgundy

Part 2 of the 2014 WOPN seminar on Oregon and Burgundy takes us to Pinot Noir’s homeland in Burgundy, France. We were very fortunate to have Louis Jadot’s Technical Director Frédéric Barnier, present a vertical of the Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, which included vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990, and 1985. […]

Posted by on 26 January 2015 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Bordeaux – with Château Gruaud-Larose

As with many of the Châteaux of Bordeaux, Gruaud-Larose has a fascinating history. Originally, Joseph Stanislas Gruaud was the owner of the Ténac, Sartaignac and Merle Crus in the 18th century. He united them in 1757 under the name of “Fonbedeau”, also called Gruaud. When he died in 1771, he left the property to Monsieur […]

Posted by on 15 January 2015 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Champagne – with Jacquart

‘Tis the season, as they say, so we thought we’d finish up the year with a show featuring one of our favorite wines – Champagne! The Jacquart story began in the early 1960s, as an effort by the Champagne growers’ to control their own destiny. Rather than selling their grapes or juice to the large […]

Posted by on 29 December 2014 | 7:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes – a Look at 45º North, Part 1 – Oregon

Pinot Noir’s homeland will always be in Burgundy, France. But, outside of Burgundy, is there actually a more “suited” place for growing and making world class Pinot Noir? Obviously, this is a subjective matter – one for which there may be no definitive answer. Why? Because, as we already know, every ounce of grape-growing soil […]

Posted by on 22 December 2014 | 7:51 pm

Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in […]

Posted by on 24 November 2014 | 7:30 am

The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This […]

Posted by on 11 November 2014 | 7:28 am

The Wines of Beaujolais – with Château des Jacques

Does Beaujolais have an emotional side? Guillaume de Castelnau certainly thinks so. As Director and winemaker of Château des Jacques, Maison Louis Jadot’s beautiful Beaujolais property, Guillaume is able to easily wax poetic about both the region but especially about the Gamay grape. Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the […]

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of Minervois – with Chateau Maris

Robert Eden, a bio-dynamic wine maker, and Kevin Parker, CEO of Green Partners who has financed Chateau Maris for the last fifteen years with the aim of supporting the estate in becoming one of the Languedoc’s finest while respecting the environment to the highest standards have built the world’s first hemp cellar in the Languedoc […]

Posted by on 2 October 2014 | 12:40 pm

Argentina – A Reach For Higher Ground

Interestingly, Argentina’s wine history and culture began about the same time as our’s here in the U.S. Arguably more interesting is the fact that it began with the same impetus – Italian immigration. Today, Argentina has become known as the world’s largest purveyor of Malbec. Another thing that singles out Argentina – some of the […]

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 8:30 am

Vineyards of Southern California – with Dolin Malibu Estate

When one hears the name Malibu, one usually thinks about surfing, the beach, and fun in the sun. But, if you’re into wine, the sight of the Malibu Hills can cause your mind to wander and begin thinking about grapevines. That’s what happened to Elliott Dolin. Elliott and his wife bought the property in 2001, […]

Posted by on 2 September 2014 | 8:30 am

Retrospective – Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s

Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the 1990s are coming into their own now. The obvious question is – are they ready to drink now? And if not now – when? Join us as we talk about our tasting of eight wines from the 1990s to see how the wines are evolving. We’ll taste them so you don’t have […]

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 8:30 am

Wines of the Mosel – with St. Urbans-Hof

Viticulture has been taking place in the Mosel since the Romans brought cultivated grapevines here two millennia ago. It turns out the region’s unique geologic and climatic conditions are perfect for growing great Riesling along the Mosel and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. The cool continental climate, the slate soil, and the steeply-hilled topography […]

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 8:30 am

Vineyards of Sonoma County – with Charles Heintz

Located in the Occidental region of Sonoma County, the Heintz Ranch has been owned by the Heintz family for nearly 100 years. Charlie’s grandparents purchased the land in 1912, and Charlie’s father farmed here. Apples remained in production until their first Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1982. The family still maintains about 8 acres of […]

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 7:30 am

Wineries of Oregon – with White Rose Estate

Greg Sanders will easily admit that he doesn’t do anything half-way. So, it didn’t seem like a big deal for him to venture to Oregon to buy some land. But then the land turned into a vineyard, and the vineyard into an Estate…and then there was the winery. Planted in 1980 to own-rooted Pommard clone […]

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 6:23 pm

A Beaujolais Primer

Located north of Lyon in eastern France, the Beaujolais wine region overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The steep Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River on mainly granite terrain. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region, and the region has ideal growing conditions, receiving plenty of sunshine. The […]

Posted by on 7 July 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of Sonoma County – Sebastani

It’s a rarity in these times of consulting rock-star winemakers that someone would actually stay at a single wine producer for any length of time. But that’s exactly what Mark Lyon did – for 35 years! Mark graduated with a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1978 and was […]

Posted by on 30 June 2014 | 8:30 am

The Wines of Burgundy – with Maison Louis Jadot

The Louis Jadot name, as well as its readily identifiable label should be very familiar, even to casual wine lovers. Established by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859 in the Burgundy region of France, Maison Louis Jadot has grown over the past 150 years to own 280 acres of the Côte d’Or’s most prestigious Premier […]

Posted by on 13 June 2014 | 3:50 pm

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – Hollywood and the Vine

We’re on to another of the seminars from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. This one had something of a unique twist – combining Hollywood and wine…or Vine, in this case. The focus here was to talk about wine themes in film by honoring two wine movies, Sideways and Somm. This was also the 10th […]

Posted by on 2 June 2014 | 11:46 am

Retrospective – 2005 Red Burgundy

The 2005 vintage in Burgundy has been hailed as…dare we say, ‘the vintage of the century.’ Hyperbole? Maybe. But one thing’s for certain – it’s been a long time that a Burgundy vintage has been as highly regarded – maybe since 1978! The obvious question is – are they ready to drink yet? And if […]

Posted by on 20 May 2014 | 8:30 am

Wineries of the California Central Coast – with Chamisal Vineyards

Located half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Edna Valley is recognized as one of the finest Central Coast grape growing regions in California, known in particular for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhone grape varieties. With the Pacific Ocean just a few miles away, the coastal fog and breezes combine to create one of […]

Posted by on 7 May 2014 | 2:59 pm

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 2

We’re back with Part 2 of the Insider Wine seminar from the 2014 World of Pinot Noir. Previously held in the Central Coast city of Shell Beach, the event moved to the gorgeous Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara beginning this year. In a return engagement from his outstanding Burgundy seminar at the 2013 WOPN, Don […]

Posted by on 25 April 2014 | 8:30 am

2014 World of Pinot Noir Seminar – The Insider Wines of The Côte d’Or, Part 1

One of the biggest thrills in wine, is finding bottles that perform above their price level. And, while Burgundy is not particularly known for bargains, there are still some excellent quality-to-price values to be found from several, shall we say, “less travelled” appellations and villages. These “insider wines” are often sought out by knowledgeable Burgundy […]

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 8:30 am