With Thanksgiving next week, many of us are headed to the wine store to grab a few bottles to drink up at the family table. And while I could write a thing on how Pinot Noir, or a Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre blend pairs well with turkey (which they do), I thought I should help you out onContinue reading

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Harvest 2017 is now wrapped. Wine is in barrels and tanks, and the grape vines are shutting down for the winter. It has been a rough harvest for two reasons: deer and fire. One affected me directly and seemed like a big fight until my perspective was shifted. I fought deer, while virtually everyone IContinue reading

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Wine is as basic a thing as bread. Flour Salt Bread + Yeast + (flavoring) = Grapes Oak Wine   And Jesus knows, they go together well! Here the core components are quite simple, but there are thousands of different styles for each. Each style was initially determined by the greater environment. Short time toContinue reading

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Last week I met a woman who was 22-23 years old and got really excited when she learned I was a winemaker. She thought wine was really cool, but always felt intimidated by the whole procedure/tradition/ritual of ordering wine at a restaurant, especially when she was dining with someone important. So, I gave her theseContinue reading

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The other day, I went into a new wine and cheese bar with a fun name, some bright and cheerful décor, and some decent wines. The food menu was in need of a few small dishes that were veggie heavy, but otherwise it was a smart and well done menu. Their wine list however wasContinue reading

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Aug 2016 A few weeks ago (just before brew fest) I followed up on a lead from a family friend, and went with dad to go and check out this small vineyard across the way from my parents, right next to the sledding hill we went to when it snowed when we were kids. It’sContinue reading

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As it is January, let’s discuss the Wine & Grape Symposium that’s going on this week. Every year on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the last full week of January, wine industry people from California, Washington, the east coast, and the rest of the world, descend on downtown Sacramento, CA. For 3 days youContinue reading

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