Posts tagged: Russian River Valley

Chardonnay of the Year!

  Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my […]

Happy HalloWine!!

Le Pich, meaning “golden eagle” in Waipo Indian is a project from Purlieu Wines. Purlieu’s objective is always balance:  healthy fruit picked at peak ripeness, with power and freshness; with balance comes the capacity for wine to age, fascinate and excite. Winemaker Julien Fayard trained in France, was the assistant to director of winemaking for […]

What is a Microclimate?

Microclimate is a word English teachers love: the definition is self-explanatory. But while it seems easy to understand, the wine jargon that often accompanies wine tastings and tours makes microclimates seem complex and confusing. In truth, microclimates are easy to see and even easier to feel. Unlike “malolactic fermentation” and other mysteries of winemaking, microclimates […]


  2014 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were down from the previous vintage, so that might be a problem, especially when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand. I would say that this might the best release ever from this winery. I hear from the owner Kerry Muprhy and winemaker Andy Smith […]

Must have Magical 6 Barrel White

  The “Benandant” name is rooted in the Friulian culture of the winemaker. The Benandants were said to be vagabond healers, born “with their shirt on”, or wrapped in their placentas, which infused them with their healing powers. According to the Friulian legend, these Friulian shamans were repeatedly sighted in the Valleys of the Natisone […]


  Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many ideas […]

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ZinSation of the Month

  Gamba Vineyards is a small, family owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma County. The  110 year old 27 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley on gently rolling bench land above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily […]

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94 Point Parker Rated ZinSational Offer

   In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won […]


  Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California.   It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop […]


Over the past 25 years Kistler has been synonymous with Top Chardonnay, kinda the White Burgundy Grand Cru version of California.  Kistler wines sell for $100+.  The past 5+ years Jason Kesner has been at the helm of this much sought after winery. But did you say $100+?  I have good news Jason has been making his […]