What We Need Now is Vigilance!

Clay Shannon is a rancher, grape grower, and businessman. He is also a man of the land and, through the operation of his estate, is attempting to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. His wine labels include both Vigilance and Shannon Ridge which are Lake...

Lyrics by Etude, Music by Santa Barbara

If you have followed this missive over the last few years you already know that Santa Barbara County contains some of my favorite wineries, vineyards and places to visit. It’s a place with wonderful terroir, bringing together ocean breezes and long, cool growing...

Tilia for Wine Value

To say that Nicolás Catena is a pioneer in the Argentine wine production is a bit of an understatement. He is often cited as the person who has helped create the high quality, modern industry that Argentina is today. The Catena family operates in many different...

Bubbles on the Brain!

POP! POP! POP! The sound of corks popping is one of my favorite things. I know many folks only drink sparkling wine at weddings or on New Year’s Eve which is unfortunate. The bubbly, whether from the actual region of Champagne or any other wine region in the world, is...

Gifts They Won’t Return

Happy Holidays! I hope you’re not too busy to enjoy the season. I have been scouring the stores looking for extra cool gifts for the folks on your list and I found some beauties if I do say so myself. Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is an icon in California wine. A bottle...

Holiday Wine Pairings

Happy Holidays everyone. As you possibly get ready for some special meals for the season I thought I’d put forth some wine suggestions based on popular food choices. The Chateau Recougne is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Milhade family. It is a...
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