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Richard R.

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Richard is a Sommelier who, along with his wife Jarlene, is a regular visitor to California's many wine regions, including those you've never heard of!

Martian Ranch & Vineyard – One Woman’s Biodynamic Journey

I look at my vineyard as a living entity, my third child. When I’m not here I miss my vineyard as though it were a person.

Robert Hall – Tour, Winery, Caverns, and Tasting

Robert Hall founded the winery in 1999 with his wife and grew it to become the fifth-largest in the region, winning numerous accolades including Golden State Winery of the Year by the California State Fair in 2010.

Koehler Winery – History and Tasting

Winemaker Colin Murphy and Vineyard Manager Felipe Hernandez collaborate regularly to ensure the quality of the fruit improves from year to year.
Epoch boxes Paderewski

Epoch Estate Wines: A Winemakers Vision of the Future

I’ve found that, where concrete highlights minerality in the wines, amphora aging imparts a grounding, earthy effect.
Roses at end of rows of grapevines

Roses: Fact or Fiction?

That being said, many a vineyard manager would smile at this quaint romantic notion. Their job is more sophisticated than watching the roses bloom.
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Rhône Blend Redefined – It’s “Everything”!

The addition of the Bordeaux varietals makes this wine an unusual one that is a perfect match to the American palate.
Flaunt Sparkling Wine

Flaunt Sparkling Brut – A New Surprise

The wine is a newly released wine from Dianna Novy Lee, Adam's wife, who has created the Flaunt Wine Company.
Malibu Rocky Oak Estates

Malibu Vineyards We Visited

Not many people know that prior to Prohibition, Los Angeles was the premier appellation for grape growing and winemaking in all of California.

Malibu Wine Country!! Wait. What?

Malibu Coast vintners — all 52 of them — are doing a victory dance right now.

Wineries, Coastish to Coast

You know Maine, the land of pine needles, lobsters, clams, and rocky beaches? But wine?!?