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What is a Field Blend Wine?

What is a field blend wine? Have you ever wondered what field blends are? . Well you are in luck. Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley recently hosted a special virtual tasting to showcase three zinfandel’s made in an “old school” style, what they call “field blend Zins” from Dry Creek Valley, an AVA in Sonoma County. […]

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Halter Ranch Defines Purely Paso

A couple of months ago we read an article by a writer who declared that Paso Robles had finally come into its own in regards to being a wine region of respectable pedigree and it prompted some deep thoughts and soulful consideration. That introspection elicited this article from my partner and Enobytes co-founder Pamela Heiligenthal […]

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Bill Fuller, Oregon Wine Pioneer

How hard do winemakers work . . . especially at startup? Last week, I had the privilege of a long visit with Bill Fuller, co-founder of Tualatin Vineyards near Forest Grove, Oregon. Now, Bill is a good friend going back almost to his 1971 arrival in Oregon, but there is something really special about discussing […]

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Peter Lehmann of the Barossa Wines, Red Slate PDX and BBQ

Ian Hongell, the Senior Winemaker at Peter Lehmann winery in the Barossa region of Australia is a direct, concise and confident winemaker who speaks with passion and authority, not just about  wines but everything else he talks about.  If there is a wine region that is as territorial as Napa Valley about the quality of their […]

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Spain’s Holy Grail of Wine Discovery Begins and Ends in Priorato

Barcelona was frustrating to me upon arrival. Of course, it should have been after leaving the tranquil and idyllic surroundings of Bilbao. This assessment goes sharply against what I had expected, from the many tales of wonder that I had been regaled with by everyone who had ever been there before me. In our planning […]

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Lake County Wines Worth Savoring

My first trip to Lake County came from my interest in finding an area that had wine and casinos. The year was 1994. I had just moved from Chicago to San Francisco and auditioned at Stars and Joyce Goldstein’s Square One and was offered positions at both restaurants. Then my audition at the Kimpton Group came […]

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