Posts tagged: Paso Robles

Blind Tasting Winning GSM

  In a recent “Rhone Varietal” blind tasting my tasting group awarded Alta Colina with a solid first place. We tasted the following wines: Herman Story GSM (94 RP) Booker “Vertigo” (95 RP) Frequency (93 AG) Tenet (95 RP) Big Basin (93 AG) DuMOL “Eddie’s Patch” (95 AG) Keplinger “Sumo” (94 AG) Keplinger Fuego (95 AG) Herman […]

California Chateauneuf-du-Pape Surprise!

  Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife Lynn knew they were in the place where they could produce the kind […]

Wednesday June 1st, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

MUST HAVE SPRING WHITE

  Halter Ranch is a small, family-owned winery located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida district.  The “pulse’ of Rhone Varietals in California.  All the wines produced by this small winery are 100% Estate-grown. Halter Ranch 2014 “Estate” Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99 FREE SHIPPING on 12 Use code HALTER […]

Wednesday April 13th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

FOGHAT = LATE NIGHT WINE = FREE SHIPPING

Steve Rasmussen, the longtime winemaker at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande (Santa Barbara), has been a big fan and friend of the band Foghat for years when they decided to launch their own label “Foghat Cellars”.  Foghat drummer and founder Roger Earl and his wife Linda play an active day to day role in the winery as well, […]

A 97 Point “Moaning” Syrah

John Schwartz, owner of Amuse Bouche Winery in Napa Valley, and Chef Bryan Ogden, recipient of the James Beard Award for best restaurant 2003 are the owners ofPharaoh Moans winery.  With their combined 35 years in the wine and food industry, they teamed up with winemaker Guillaume Fabre.  Their vineyards are located in the West Paso Robles […]

Friday February 5th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Herman Story descendant 3 barrel production

Giovanni Grandinetti worked his way up the wine ladder, learning the wine trade literally from the ground up.  He operated the crushpad, worked the vineyards, cleaned the barrels, etc.  But it was not until he started working for some smaller, boutique wineries that he found his passion – making wine.  He went back to school […]

Thursday January 28th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

96 Point Petite Sirah – 4 barrels produced, Only 5 cases allocated!

Alta Colina is slowly but surely becoming a real player in the “Rhone Ranger” field.  Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife […]

Saxum Winemaker Does it Again

The 2011 Epoch Red Blend sees a change in vineyard makeup, but not in quality!  The “Estate” Red wine is a blend of two vineyards (54 % Paderewski & 46% Catapult).  The wine is a blend of 38% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 10% Tempranillo  & 7% Counoise.   Winemaker of year (2010) Justin Smith (Saxum) […]

Friday February 21st, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Value Cabernet blend of the Month!

Field Recordings is winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are […]

A Gem in the Rough

This is a story of a restaurateur in Paso Robles (California’s “Rhone Valley”) that took on amazing dimmesions.  He sources from 95-100 point rated vineyards such as James Berry, Denner, Bassetti and Luna Matta.  This winery has been flying below the radar for some time, but not for much longer! Previous vintages have scored between […]