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  • Returning to California's Roots with Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope

    Returning to California's Roots with Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope

    Illustration from The Wine Press and The Cellar, A Manual for the Winemaker and the Cellar Man After graduating from UC Davis, Matthew Rorick of Forlorn Hope Wines, made wine for clients and realized that he wasn't making wines that he wanted to drink.  "Everything I was excited about came fr...

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  • Mauritson White Zin

    Mauritson White Zin

    Pioneers in the Rockpile AVA long before it existed, the Mauritson family first planted vines on the Rockpile valley floor in 1884, when their great-great-great grandfather shipped all of his wine back to Sweden.  Nowadays, after six generations of farming, Mauritson Wines is at it again, breaki...

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  • Tejay van Garderen at the Tour of California

    Tejay van Garderen at the Tour of California

    Tejay van Garderen on the podium at the Tour of California 2013, with his daughter Rylan Last week, the St. Helena Star posted an article titled, "My Turn: The Mark of a True Champion" by David Stoneberg, a piece that directly linked our friends Teresa D'Aurizio and Dustin Moilanen of ZD Wines, wit...

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  • Stephen Ross Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2011

    Stephen Ross Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2011

    From the Olsen Ranch in Santa Lucia Highlands, Stephen Ross crafts this hand-harvested Pinot Noir.  "It's a very moderate area," said Paula Dooley, Stephen's business partner and wife.  "The region is best suited for cool weather varietals and we are blessed with consistent weather." As a small, f...

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  • Calluna Estate at Chalk Hill

    Calluna Estate at Chalk Hill

     David Jeffrey of Calluna Vineyards with JC & Irene of Bar American  When David Jeffrey, winegrower, vintner and proprietor at Calluna Estate, heard that the Lurton family of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d'Yquem had purchased the neighboring farm on Chalk Hill, he wasn't surprised.  "...

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  • A Biodynamic Red Field Blend from Salinia "Sun Hawk Farms"

    A Biodynamic Red Field Blend from Salinia "Sun Hawk Farms"

    As a true expression of terroir, Kevin Kelley's Salinia "Sun Hawk Farms" Red Field Blend 2011 consists of ten red and white biodynamically farmed varietals that are simultaneously harvested and co-fermented whole cluster, with foot-treading occurring twice daily.  Planted 15 years ago, by John S...

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  • Kevin Kelley of Salinia & The NPA, Part II

    Kevin Kelley of Salinia & The NPA, Part II

    Sauvignon Blanc Vines for "25 Reasons" Kevin Kelley argues that winemaking is a craft and not a form of art, he said of his winemaking experience: "You have raw material, and you apply your craft to that material, but you can't make it be what you want it to be...You can spend your li...

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  • Kevin Kelley of Salinia & The NPA Project, Part I

    Kevin Kelley of Salinia & The NPA Project, Part I

    Drinking, thinking and reading about wine since he was sixteen years old, Kevin Kelley perhaps didn't expect to be asked to check his bag of knowledge at the front door of UC Davis.  Adhering to the thousands of years that went into the farming and vinification techniques behind the Old World Cl...

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  • Steve Matthiasson & The New Wave of California Wines, Part II

    Steve Matthiasson & The New Wave of California Wines, Part II

    Steve & Jill Klein Matthiasson (photo credit) At the end of a dead end street in Napa, there's an illusory driveway with a road in place of a home. Continuing behind a row of track housing, the gravel leads to the Matthiasson estate – an early 20th century farmhouse on stilts, an avocado ...

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  • Steve Matthiasson & the New Wave of California Wines, Part I

    Steve Matthiasson & the New Wave of California Wines, Part I

    "It is like the indie rock of the early 80's," said Steve Matthiasson, in reference to the collective sigh away from the big wines that had come to define California.  After 15 years of Parker dominance, there emerged a "new wave" of young winemakers–Dan Petroski, Gram Tatomer, Matthew Rorick, A...

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