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From a visit to one of my favorite wineries, Gargiulo Vineyards.

Simple but Tasty California Gamay

Today’s Story: Jolie-Laide Established by Scott Schultz, Jolie-Laide is a small, boutique winery crafting wines in Sebastopol, California. Jolie-Laide is a French term of endearment for something unconventionally beautiful that translates to “pretty-ugly,” and Scott decided to use it in naming his winery following experiences in the restaurant business. When he worked at Bouchon in … Continue reading “Simple but Tasty California Gamay”

Beautifully Pure Amador County Chenin Blanc

Today’s Story: Sandlands Vineyards Sandlands Vineyards is a small family-owned and operated passion project of Tegan and Olivia Passalacqua established in 2010. Tegan, a winemaker with a proven track record of crafting fantastic old vine Zinfandel at Turley Wine Cellars, branched out into this side project with a focus on ancient and “forgotten” varieties. In … Continue reading “Beautifully Pure Amador County Chenin Blanc”

Fresh, Elegant, and Budget-Friendly Red Burgundy

Today’s Story: Marchand-Tawse Marchand-Tawse is a Burgundian négociant created through a collaboration between Pascal Marchand and Moray Tawse. Both Pascal and Moray are French Canadians, making their success in Burgundy somewhat unusual. Pascal Marchand comes from a background in wine (after working a few years as a merchant sailor on freighters in the Great Lakes), … Continue reading “Fresh, Elegant, and Budget-Friendly Red Burgundy”

Fruity, Floral, and Refreshing Summer White

Today’s Story: Arnot-Roberts Arnot-Roberts is a boutique winery established in 2001 by Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts, two childhood friends who grew up together in Napa Valley. After college, Nathan started working with his father as a cooper of oak wine barrels while Duncan pursued winemaking throughout Napa and Sonoma counties. Arnot-Roberts began with … Continue reading “Fruity, Floral, and Refreshing Summer White”


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