Region on the Rise

Lodi is known for being one of the most diverse growing regions in California, but until fairly recently, it never quite got the attention it deserved. Located between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the San Francisco Bay, it’s twice the size of Napa Valley and home to a number of forgotten grape varietals from all over the world.

First Cut

For those who know the Venge name, they know it’s synonymous with truly exceptional winemaking. Kirk Venge has greatness in his blood: his father Nils Venge was an incredible winemaker in his own right, and gave him all the skill necessary to make an indelible mark on the future of the California wine industry. Today,…

Virtual Delectability

Have you ever gone to an industry wine tasting event in your pajamas? Or have a winemaker come to your house to have you taste through their creations? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I attended a Virtual Wine Tasting by Snooth.com. I was somewhat confused when I was invited to this event, as I…

Summer Wines To Beat the Heat

It’s the Fourth of July and summer is officially here. When you think of summer holidays, images of burgers and beers generally come to mind. Well, I’ve got the wine aficionados covered as well, with this list of my favorite summer wines. Union Sacre “La Marianne” Chardonnay 2016 Creamy, yet elegant, with bold flavors of lemon…

No Stone Unturned

Not many Winemakers can say they were “born in a barn,” but in the case of Unturned Stone’s Owner & Winemaker Erin Mitchell, that’s exactly what happened. In 2010, Erin and her husband, fellow Winemaker Randy Czech, began an experiment that would change their lives. And it all began, you guessed it, in a barn….

Beyond the Sea

What happens when you plant a vineyard on the beach? You get wonderfully terroir driven wines that make you feel like you’re on the open ocean with a crisp breeze in your hair. You get Aequorea. Winemaker Aaron Jackson works with a dedicated group of growers that have a passion for “ocean farming” and have…