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Jackson Family Wines at Artisan

A few months ago, Siduri was bought by Jackson Family Wines. This group, home of the Kendall-Jackson brand, was a project of the late Jess Jackson. His partner, Brooke Gadke, has continued in his tradition while acquiring interesting wine properties. […]

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Crawford Family Wines

The End of Bad Pinots? Garagiste Visits Solvang Overview

Garagiste Southern Exposure, Solvang, February, 2016 from Norma Schroder on Vimeo. On February 11 we headed south. Our objective was the Southern Exposure edition of the California Garagistes on February 13 and 14 in Solvang. We spent two nights at […]

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Picayune 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

We met Picayune Vineyards co-owner Jennifer Roberts at the Family Winemakers tasting in Pomona almost exactly a year ago. We loved their pinot noir and their story is great. Jennifer and her partner in wine, Claire Weinkauf, both have a […]

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Pinotfest 2015

Pinotfest 2015 Offered Four Newcomers

OK, OK, don’t give us a hard time. We know Farallon’s annual Pinotfest was last November. We have to make a living to support our wine habit … er, hobby. This year there were four noteworthy wineries that were new […]

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Scott and Gib Pagter Paso Garagiste 2015: Are We Running Out of Pinot Noir Grapes?

Paso Garagiste 2015: Is California Running Out of Pinot Noir Grapes?

Is California running out of pinot noir grapes? That’s the question that came to mind after finally getting around to reviewing the November 7, 2015 Paso Robles Garagiste Festival. We found two new wineries offering pinot noir: Pagter Brothers Winery […]

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Everyday Pinot Noir

Picton Bay

Two Bargains from Trader Joe

We occasionally buy some wine at Trader Joe's. But

Luli Pinot Noir

Luli Wines Are Welcome Additions

After a tasting at Artisan Wine Depot, we were

Pali's Joanie Hudson and Tony

Pali Wines Returns to Artisan Wine Depot

We thoroughly enjoyed tasting Pali's wines in June, so

The Two 2012s

Early Look at the 2012s

Friday we visited our friends at the Artisan Wine

Joanie Hudson pouring tastes

Pali Wines at Artisan Wine Depot

Our favorite local wine shop, Artisan Wine Depot, hosted

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Crawford Family Wines

The End of Bad Pinots? Garagiste Visits Solvang Overview

Garagiste Southern Exposure, Solvang, February, 2016 from Norma Schroder

Pinotfest 2015

Pinotfest 2015 Offered Four Newcomers

OK, OK, don’t give us a hard time. We

Solvang Garagiste Festival

Solvang Garagiste Festival 2016 Preview and Winery List

We've been looking forward to the Solvang Garagiste Festival

Scott and Gib Pagter Paso Garagiste 2015: Are We Running Out of Pinot Noir Grapes?

Paso Garagiste 2015: Is California Running Out of Pinot Noir Grapes?

Is California running out of pinot noir grapes? That’s

Garagiste 2015

A Video Preview of Paso Robles Garagiste Festival 2015

November 7 was the big day.  And what a

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