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 …

TROON VINEYARD

Troon Vineyard – Snail Award 1475 Kubli Rd. Grants Pass OR 97527 (541) 846-9900 troonvineyard.com   35 ac – 66,000   Troon Estate Vineyard has been farmed the past few years organically and is in the midst of a transition to organic and biodynamic certification.   PEOPLE Dick Troon planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel on …

SLOW WINE SCOUTING – Cà du Ferrà

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 …

J. CHRISTOPHER WINES

J. Christopher Wines 17150 NE Hillside Dr. Newberg OR 97132 (503) 554-9572 jchristopherwines.com/   21 ac – 60,000 bt   PEOPLE Jay Somers was making beer for a living when he tasted a 1985 Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Champans and proceeded to lose his mind for Burgundy. As Somers says, “in 30 seconds my life …

TABLAS CREEK

Tablas Creek Vineyard 9339 Adelaida Rd. Paso Robles CA 93446 (805) 237-1231 tablascreek.com   100 ac – 300,000 bt Bottle Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE Robert Haas, who passed away this March at the age of ninety, left behind what is, perhaps, the greatest contribution of Rhône …

THE EYRIE VINEYARDS

The Eyrie Vineyards – Snail Award 935 NE 10th Avenue McMinnville, OR 97128 (503) 472-6315 eyrievineyards.com   57 ac – 108,096 bt   To drink Eyrie is to drink history. In 1965 David Lett planted the first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Willamette Valley in a temporary nursery plot near Corvallis, Oregon.   …

SLOW WINE SCOUTING – SAN-LURINS

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 …