COTURRI WINERY

Coturri Winery Glen Ellen CA 6725 Enterprise Rd. tel. (707) 525-9126 www.coturriwinery.com   7ac – 9,000 bt   PEOPLE The Coturri estate was founded by Harry “Red” Coturri and his sons Tony and Phil in 1975 and the winery was bonded in 1979. Originally from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, winemaking was handed down in …

BECKHAM FAMILY ESTATE

Beckham Family Estate Sherwood OR 30790 SW Heater Road (971) 645-3466 www.beckhamestatevineyard.com   14 ac – 36,000 bt     PEOPLE Andrew and Annedria Beckham purchased a Christmas tree farm in the Chehalem Mountains in 2004 to raise their family and build a studio for Andrew to make ceramic art. A year later, they were …

STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

Storybook Mountain Vineyards Calistoga (CA) 3835 CA-128 (707) 942-5310 www.storybookwines.com   38 ac – 60,000 bt   In 1883 two German brothers of the name Grimm, unrelated to the gruesome fairy tales, established the Grimm Vineyards and Wine Vaults and hence a winemaking tradition in the upper Napa Valley.   PEOPLE The vicissitudes of Prohibition …

SMITH MADRONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Smith Madrone Vineyards and Winery 4022 Spring Mountain Rd. Saint Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-2283 www.smithmadrone.com   38 ac – 48,000 bt   PEOPLE An ambitious 22 year old Stuart Smith purchased a 200 acre property in Napa’s Spring Mountain District while still attending UC Davis’s viticulture program. He named it in honor of his …

BRICK HOUSE WINES

Brick House Wines – Snail Award 18200 Lewis Rogers Ln. Newberg OR 97132 (503) 538-5136 brickhousewines.com   30 ac – 48,000 bt   How many winemakers can say they used to “throw it back” to Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News? Doug Tunnell is the only one. Tunnell was a highly regarded news reporter …

DREW

Drew – Snail Award 9000 Hwy. 128 Philo, CA 95466 (707) 895-9599 www.drewwines.com   7 ac – 36,000 bt   Jason Drew and his wife Molly purchased a 25 acre apple farm on the extreme Mendocino Coast in 2004 with the hopes of carving out a little piece of California to interpret into wine.   …

FOLDED HILLS

Folded Hills – Snail Award 2323 Old Coast Hwy. Buellton, CA 93427 (805) 694-8086  www.foldedhills.com   There couldn’t be a better estate to represent the marriage of sustainable viticulture and extreme value in the final product. Across the board, the wines from this estate have impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability.   …

SLOW WINE SCOUTING – D’AMICO

During summer and spring, we carry out most of the visits to the wineries with a view to produce the new edition of Slow Wine Guide. Besides returning to the cellars already presented in the past editions, we visit new realities and search for hidden treasures throughout Italy. In this journey, we spot so many …

The essence of essences: today we will talk about wooden barrels.

What is the impact of the wooden barrel’s quality used to age wines in the final product? How can age wine in oak influence the wine aromas and flavors?  Pier Paolo Antolini, a producer from Marano di Valpolicella, ages his Amarone in four different types of oak. Antolini, and his brother Stefano, welcomed us with …

LIEU DIT

Lieu Dit 300 N. 12th Street, Unit 4A Lompoc CA 93436 lieuditwinery.com   0 ac – 30,000 bt Coin Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent excellent value.   PEOPLE Eric Railsback and Justin Willet became friends after college while working in Santa Barbara’s wine industry. Justin began his own wine brand, Tyler, when …