Wine Country

Wine Country

Whether it's Paso Robles, Sonoma, or wherever, it's a story on what's going on in wine country.

Dr. James Giacobine – An Eberle Icon Passes On

Dr. James Giacobine, half-brother of Gary Eberle and co-founder of the iconic Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, passed away quietly in his sleep in late January at the age of 95.

Nevada and Wineries and Bordellos, Oh My!

Tahoe Ridge Winery Vineyard
In Nevada, what do whorehouses and wineries have in common?

Siduri Surprise!

Before I even had a chance to tell you about the wonderful Siduri and Novy tasting at the Aria with Adam Lee, I was hit with a shocker.

Today’s Tasting Note: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

I didn't realize when I purchased the 2011 Plungerhead Zin a few weeks ago that it was made by The Other Guys, whose mission, it seems, is to make good wines at everyman prices.

My First WBC* – Coming Soon!

Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara
It’s still about a month and a half away, and that makes me feel like a child waiting for Santa. Oh. Wait…

California Wine Appellation Specialist – So What?

“It’s California,” I said to myself. “How hard could it be?” It was pretty damn challenging as it turned out. “This was a walk in the park,” said no CWAS student. Ever.

I’m a New CWAS. One Down…

It's not unusual to do an overnight road trip to a "Wine Country" and back over the course of a weekend. Yes, it's so close that even a tourist to Las Vegas could take a couple of days to visit Wine Country. How great is that?

Paso Robles 11 AVA Petition – A Consumer’s View

I've spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.

Paso Robles Cab Collective Wine Trail. ish.

I won't name any names, but I recently spoke with a Master Sommelier whose lip actually curled (!!!) when talking about Paso Robles Cabs. Was that a sneer or what?!?

The Estates – VSJ – So You Think You Can Drink!

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While I walked out of VSJ without joining the club, that was by the thinnest of margins and utilizing a willpower I didn't know I had.

Tale of the Hat and Old Wine

2004 Villicana Cabernet Sauvignon
Alex gave me a look and said, "You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?" And it's been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!

The Estates – Sculpterra Review

That chunky, short-haired person talking with Paul is me back then. Now I have long hair. Still chunky. Whatever.