November 2011




Giving Thanks

The Wine Lover's Holiday – Thanksgiving!  The time of year to be with
family and friends, sharing two of the things we love the most – food and
wine.  It’s also a winemaker’s favorite season when the harvest is
complete and we get to sample some of our latest creations.  Something I
have made a tradition of doing at Thanksgiving is bringing new release
wines to the table and discussing how they are evolving.  This year I’ll
bring the 2009 Mounts Vineyard Zinfandel and the 2009 Gopher Hill Peters




Those Who Have Come Before Me

One of the most common questions I get is “how did you learn to make wine and only be 35?”  After I mention my post grad UC Davis studies everyone seems to be satisfied with my formal learning process.  As to my hands-on learning evolution, I started in the cellar and learned from the ground up.   I wanted to take the time on this particular blog to give a nod and a thank you to fellow winemakers who take the time to engage in conversation and answer my questions about their challenges and experiences that are simi