The Cline Family Diversifies to Italian Imports

The Cline Family, who have been growing grapes and making wine for decades in Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties of California, have a new pursuit that recalls their Italian immigrant past. Fred Cline’s maternal grandparents are named Jacuzzi (as in hot tub fame) but...

It’s Cline Time Again

Fall is about to give way to something else around here. It’s a time of year where I’m as likely to use the grill as the oven and comfort food is replacing lighter fare. Short ribs, pot roasts, meatloaf, roasted root vegetables and very soon, turkey and the whole...

Happy Hallowine! Don’t Be Afraid of These!

These are perfect wines for Fall and your Halloween party. The Phantom is waiting to haunt you and your guests with its richness and depth. The Freakshow will take you on a journey into darkness and thankfully, it is a delicious trip! The Devil is smooth and wants to...

Joel Gott Rolls Along

We’ve been following Joel Gott for some time now but it’s still amazing to witness his success in the wine market. It’s seems like overnight, but he’s been bottling his eponymous wines since 1996. Starting out with some single vineyard Zinfandel from California, he...

Our Antipodal Winery of the Year

If we in Minnesota drilled a hole straight through the planet we would come out in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Perth, Australia. This is our antipode. However, with some bending and twisting along the way, I’ll pretend we came out just east of Adelaide near the...

Santa Barbara Superstars

The Central Coast in California has seen an amazing rise to prominence. The last 30 years have seen the creation of a beautiful wine region within one of the world’s greatest agricultural areas. Skillful farmers who made their money on broccoli, cabbage and lettuce...
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