The grounds at the Paso Robles Inn
BlastBlogFeaturedPaso RoblesPaso Robles AVAWine Country

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend Zinposium!

While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.

READ MORE →
HugBodega2
BlogFeaturedPaso Robles AVAWine Country

Changing of the Guard – Hug Cellars

It’s an end of one era, but the beginning of something just as great.

READ MORE →
clendenen cork
BlogFeaturedReviewsWine CountryWines

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.

READ MORE →
Paso Robles AVA Map
BlogFeaturedWine Country

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.

READ MORE →
Zinfandel_grapes
BlogFeatured

I Love Talking About My First Time

Jocularity and minds-in-the-gutter snickering aside, I want to talk about my first time with specific types and varietals of wines and the impact that they made on my wine-loving experience.

READ MORE →
Sobon Rose
BlogFeatured

Gold Country Rose! Yum!

On the nose I detected a whiff of watermelon interspersed with strawberries and beach. Yeah, beach. Think northern California beach, early morning, breezy and cool. Just a whiff of *that.*

READ MORE →
2004 Villicana Cabernet Sauvignon
BlogFeaturedWine Country

Tale of the Hat and Old Wine

Alex gave me a look and said, “You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?” And it’s been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!

READ MORE →
46 West Logo
BlogPaso RoblesWine Trails

Highway 46 West

This is one of the most expansive wine trails, but once you’re in “the neighborhood,” you don’t have to go far to get to the next one. In a word, Explore!

READ MORE →
Association of African American Vintners
BlastBlog

From the Archives: AAAV Event – Wine with Soul

People, like grapes, come in all colors. And like grapes, can sometimes be surprising with their personalities, characteristics, and the way that other people perceive them.

READ MORE →
Gallo Cafe Zinfandel
BlogReviewsWines

Stampeded by Coots and a Bad “Wine”

It tasted like cherry soda that had passed by a wine barrel while picking up nuances of Skittles.

READ MORE →
End of the world or what?
Blog

End-of-the-World Wine – What Are You Drinking?

Well, now that the end of the world is nigh, I figured that I may as well find something that’s worth drinking while the Earth is exploding (or we’re being invaded by aliens, Zombies have attacked, the waters have flooded the desert, blah blah blah. Or whatever).

READ MORE →
Villicana 2012 Zin
BlogWine Country

Zinfandel, Paso Robles, and Everybody Else

Paso Robles has the best Zinfandel. Period. Everybody else is fine, but for a full appreciation of this singularly American-style grape, Paso Robles has everyone beat. By a mile. (yes, yes, I know. Primitivo. I got it.)

READ MORE →