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…

You’ve Gotta Have Faythe

Faythe Stone-Brocka, the unstoppable force behind Cru9 Wines, is here with a mission and a message of female empowerment that women everywhere should be inspired by. Recent studies by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (or NCADV) shows that one in every three women is a victim of some kind of physical or sexual abuse…

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…

Meet Your New Favorite Neighbor

Most people in the California Wine game are no stranger to Booker Wines and Winemaker Eric Jensen. Jensen specializes in Rhône inspired blends in Paso Robles and has a history of extremely high scores from Robert Parker and other reputable wine critics. In fact, Jensen’s 2014 vintage of “Oublié,” a blend of Grenache, Mourvédre, and…

The New Patron Saint of Paso Robles

Chris Kiranbay is a winemaker for a new generation. By combining the classic styles of Old World wines, and the artistic, and often, hands-off practices of the New World, Kiranbay has created something beautiful and unique: Saint K Wines. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Chris spent 15 years in the restaurant business before working his…