Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Does It Mean to Have a Wine Culture?

Jon Bonné, former San Francisco Chronicle wine writer, was the Keynote Speaker at the In Pursuit of Balance tasting held in San Francisco a week or so ago and which I wrote about here. Bonné recently wrote a book in which … Continue reading

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I believe strongly in listening to and telling stories. Storytelling is how we share (family history), how we teach (family craft), and how we connect emotionally. There are a lot of ways to tell stories, and I will be trying … Continue reading

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Balance in Wine: It Means Less (and More) Than You Think

Even before the advent of marketing groups like IPOB, “balance” was a word that was used nearly omnipresently by wineries to describe their wines. Because of this, balance had as many definitions as it had folks employing it. For each … Continue reading

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Oh, Cabernet Franc!

Cabernet Franc is one of the classic Bordeaux varieties where it makes up significant percentages of the best wines and on the Left Bank and is the majority in the finest wines of the Right. It is the 17th most … Continue reading

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Wine is Only as Simple as You Want it to Be…or The Wonderful Complication of Tasting

I had the occasion recently to talk to my tasting room team about evaluating the bottles that we pour for our guests at the Winery. We tasted three or four bottles of each of the different vintages that we had … Continue reading

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