The Spire Collection Is More Than Just Maggy Hawk

Our first stop — and the motivation for this trip — was at the Spire Collection in Calistoga.  This operation is owned by Jackson Family Wines.  We’ve written extensively about Barbara Banke, Maggy Hawk, and Windracer before.  This time we […]

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Trader Joe’s 2014 “Petit Reserve” Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir

Available in the greater Silicon Valley area, we took a chance on this one and were richly rewarded. This is a major bargain at $7.99 a bottle. And

Mud House Crew Relaxing

Mud House 2014 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Artisan Wine Depot was offering a deal on Mud House 2014 Central Otago pinot noir at $16 per bottle. (The link is to our full review on New

Last Chance For Reuling Wine

Two years ago we wrote effusively about Reuling pinot noir.  We discovered them at Pinotfest 2014.  Yesterday we got an e-mail with some sad news.  Reuling plans to

Knez Tasting Room

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Day 2 Part 1

Update November 16: This article evolved into a four-part series.  Here are the links to parts 1, 2, and 4: Part 1: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/10/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-part-2/ Part 2: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/10/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-part-2/ Part 4: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/11/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-day-2-part-2/   [Update November 6

Domaine Anderson at the Festival Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Part 2

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Part 2

Update November 16: This article evolved into a four-part series.  Here are the links to parts 1, 3, and 4: Part 1: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/10/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-part-2/ Part 3: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/11/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-day-2-part-1/ Part 4: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/11/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-day-2-part-2/ Update: I just

The Venue at Goldeneye Winery Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Update November 16: This article evolved into a four-part series.  Here are the links to parts 2, 3, and 4: Part 2: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/10/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-part-2/ Part 3: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/11/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-day-2-part-1/ Part 4: http://californiawinefan.com/2016/11/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival-day-2-part-2/ The third weekend

Sean and Nicole Minor Pinot Shootout at the ARtisan Corral

Pinot Shootout at the Artisan Corral

OK, we apologize to John Sturges. James and Christine were kind enough to invite us to this event. They know us too well. We could not resist a semi-blind

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

Picayune label

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

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