SOLMINER

Above: A view of the original Syrah vineyard as seen from David and Anna’s front porch. They started farming organically there in 2012 and are currently working toward biodynamic certification.   SOLMINER (SNAIL) PO Box 935 Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9195 solminer.com For the deLaski family and the small farm where they live with …

VESPER VINEYARDS

    VESPER VINEYARDS 298 Enterprise St. Escondido CA 92029 (760) 749-1300 vespervineyards.com PEOPLE Grower and winemaker Chris Broomell’s family has been farming in the San Pasqual Valley AVA (San Diego County) for five generations. But it wasn’t until after World War II that they turned to fine wine grape growing when an Australian relative …

BEDROCK WINE CO.

BEDROCK WINE CO. (SNAIL) 21481 8th St. East Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 343-1478 bedrockwineco.com Bedrock Wine Co. is the apotheosis of the current California wine revolution. Its work with Zinfandel and other heritage grapes from California has shown the world that these grapes can produce compelling, world-class wines with immense appeal for the contemporary palate. …

DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE

Above: Domaine de la Côte’s top vineyard in Santa Barbara County, “la Côte” (the slope). A visit to their vineyards is a glimpse into why the Santa Ynez AVA is one of California’s most compelling. DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE (BOTTLE) Lompoc CA (805) 500-8337 domainedelacote.com PEOPLE Owners Steve Webster, Mark Stevenson, Sashi Moorman, and Rajat …

HIRSCH VINEYARDS

  HIRSCH VINEYARDS (BOTTLE) 45075 Bohan Dillon Rd. Cazadero CA 95421 (707) 847-3001 hirschvineyards.com PEOPLE Hirsch was planted in 1980 on the Sonoma Coast when entrepreneur David Hirsch decided that northern California was getting too crowded. The winery was completed in 2002, the same vintage would become the Hirsch family’s first estate release. Everardo Robledo …

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

Above: The view from the Stolpman Angeli vineyard, where the winery grows one of its flagship wines.   STOLPMAN VINEYARDS (SNAIL) 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 688-0400 stolpmanvineyards.com From its care for the land it farms to the overarching approach to sustainability it embraces, including the benefits it provides for its …

Daily Wines PRIZES: Our editors TOP picks from the 2018 guide to California wines

The purpose of a wine guide is that of tasting wines produced by the selected wineries and then choosing the best among them. We believe that it’s not only important to select the best wines but also to identify those that offer a healthy quality-price ratio. It’s our job to look beyond the usual names …

Great Wines PRIZES: Our editors TOP picks from the 2018 guide to California wines

Today, we’re sharing the Slow Wine California winners of the Great Wine prize. The GREAT WINE PRIZE is awarded to the top bottles tasted by our editors.   NAPA Acumen Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Enfield Wine Co. Waterhouse Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon …

SLOW PRIZES: Our editors TOP picks from the 2018 guide to California wines

Today, we’re sharing the Slow Wine California winners of the SLOW prize. The SLOW WINE PRIZE is awarded to wines that represent an expression of place, originality, and history. Quality-price ratio is another factor that our editors consider for this prize. As Northern California wine country continues to recover from the long-term effects of October’s …

Best Value Wineries in Slow Wine’s debut guide to California wines

Today, nearly a month after the outbreak of deadly wildfires in Northern California, we have finally decided to begin publishing the Slow Wine California prizes and the first profiles from the guide here on the Slow Wine Blog. As Slow Wine California senior editor Elaine Brown wrote on her blog last week, the best way …