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Piper at Chef Chus

Piper-Heidsieck Visits Chef Chu’s With Artisan

Our friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us to a special food and champagne pairing on September 19. The champagne was from Piper-Heidsieck with their local expert and evangelist Kyle Kaplan.  Food pairings were from the legendary Larry Chu who […]

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Santa Lucia Highlands Hahn Visits Artisan

Hahn Visits Artisan

Long-time readers will remember our admiration for Hahn Family Wines.  We were delighted to be invited to a tasting by our friends at Artisan Wine Depot.  Hahn visits

Hop n Barley

Hop n Barley Festival, Cider Edition

[Editors note: Please welcome our new contributing author CD Schroder.  We trust that she will broaden our offerings, starting with cider.] The 9th Annual Hop 'n Barley Festival was

Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

At last, after centuries of "scientific" chicanery, we can reveal the true story of why the dinosaurs went

Winemaker Greg Adams in action featured

Three Excellent Pinots From Gregory James

We wrote a brief review of Gregory James Wines in Part 2 of our Garagiste Northern Exposure preview.  We liked their wine so much we ordered half a

La Pitchoune's Tracy Nielsen

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 2

This is part 2 of our preview of Garagiste Northern Exposure.  We advise reading Part 1 first if you haven’t already. As an overview note, many wineries were pouring

Walking In

Garagiste Northern Exposure in Sonoma Preview Part 1

On May 12 we traveled north to the town of Sonoma for the first Garagiste event north of Paso Robles: Garagiste Northern Exposure.  And we were not disappointed. 

Dilecta About Page Featured

Two GSMs from Dilecta

Dilecta was one of our discoveries on our trip to Paso Robles in January.  Following the recommendation of Wills and Kath Carter (proprietors and hosts at the fabulous

The Sean Minor Team

Sean Minor Returns

[Editor: Mr. Minor never really left.  What went missing was the author’s brain.] We were excited to get an e-mail from this old favorite.  And we were even more

Tablas Creek vineyard workers

Tablas Creek 2012 Esprit de Tablas

"Like a French Rhône, only good!" were the first words out of my mouth.  The Tablas Creek 2012 Esprit de Tablas opens with aromas of smoke, leather, and

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