Tag: Pinot Noir

Happy Grapes

Vinography Images: Happy Grapes

Happy GrapesLOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapes grow plump and ripe in a Sta. Rita Hills vineyard near Lompoc, California. The

box of wine bottles

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/12/20

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box of wine

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 7/5/20

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Santa Rita Hills

Vinography Images: Them Thar Hills

Them Thar Hills LOMPOC, CA: The Sta. Rita Hills are viewed from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard near Lompoc, California. Planted

box of wine

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/28/20

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open case of wine

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/21/20

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box of wine

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 6/7/20

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wine case

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/24/20

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vineyard and hill

Vinography Images: Intersecting Planes

Intersecting PlanesSANTA MARIA, CA: Hillside Pinot Noir vineyards along the Tepusquet Bench are seemingly on a different plane from the

Adam Lee Portrait

The Reincarnation of Pinot Noir: Adam Lee’s Clarice Project

If you went looking for a poster child, rags-to-riches wine success story in California, you’d be hard-pressed to find a

case of wine

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/17/20

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Jamie Kutch

Evolving From Strength to Confidence: The Wines of Jamie Kutch

I have written about the wines of Jamie Kutch several times here on Vinography. This is due, in part, to

Setting a New Bar for Oregon Pinot: Brittan Vineyards

Expressed briefly, making a great wine is rather simple. You find the right piece of ground; you put the right

Drew Wines, Mendocino, CA: Recent Releases

Jason Drew is talking to me about ripeness. “It’s not easy to answer the question of what ripe tastes like,”

You Bet Your Blauburgunder: Exploring Austrian Pinot Noir

Hello from Vienna, Austria, where I am spending a few days wandering around what has to be the greatest indoor

Churton Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand: Recent Releases

Sometimes we head off into the world searching for our heart’s desire only to return home to find that what

Vivier Wines, Napa: Current Releases

Most winemakers have some story of how they discovered wine. It’s quite commonplace in Europe to simply grow up in

A Walk Through the Cote de Nuits with Allen Meadows

As some of you know, I spent last week at the (always) fabulous International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon’s Willamette

2008 Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

If I were doing now what I thought I would probably do with my life as a sophomore in college,

The Funniest Wine Speech Ever?: Joshua Wesson Addresses the 2011 Graduating Class at IPNC

The International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that I attended last weekend was, true to form, delightful. This

25 Years of Collaboration: A Panel Discussion at IPNC 2011

that I attended last weekend was celebrating more than just good Pinot Noir. It was also celebrating its 25th year

Vinography Images: Veraison

Veraison ANNAPOLIS, CA – 2006: A cluster of Pinot Noir grapes is shown undergoing verasion. Annapolis is located in the

The Young Turks of Burgundy: Allen Meadows with Domaine Marc Roy and Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley

As I mentioned in a previous post, last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the World of Pinot Noir

The Wines of Rully on a Wednesday Morning

Press trips like the one I’m on are not exactly the vacations that my friends and many readers imagine them

PinotFest 2010 Tasting: November 20, San Francisco

, a low key event held every year at Farallon Restaurant. Despite practically non-existent marketing or announcement, PinotFest quietly pulls

Sea Smoke Cellars, Santa Barbara: Current Releases

Sometimes as I’m traveling through wine country, I see beautiful pieces of land that aren’t planted to grapes and I

2007 J Vineyards “Barrel 16” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

There was a time (think: late Seventies, early Eighties) when a lot of people would have put money on California

Brittan Vineyards, Willamette Valley, OR: Inaugural Releases

Expressed briefly, making a great wine is rather quite simple. You find the right piece of ground; you put the

La Paulee 2010 Grand Burgundy Tasting: March 13, San Francisco

Every budding wine lover faces what can often seem like a daunting mountain to climb. There are so many wines

PinotFest 2009 Tasting: November 21, San Francisco

One of the longest running wine tasting events in San Francisco is also one of its best. While the city

Top Wines of Sonoma: Tasting Notes from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Two weeks ago, under idyllic clear skies, I joined about 700 other wine lovers to wander around a winery lawn

Kutch Wines, Sonoma: Current Releases

Every wine has a story behind it. Some are better than others. Every wine has a dream behind it. Some

The Last Drops: Miscellaneous Tasting Notes from IPNC 2009

I like to tell people that when it comes to reviewing wines, my tasting notes are the least important part

Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 16, Napa

Serious wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine.

Patton Valley Vineyard, Willamette Valley: Current Releases

When it comes to wineries I generally know I’m in for something good when I drive down a long dirt

Notes from the Al Fresco Tasting at IPNC 2009

I go to a lot of wine tastings, and have come to really appreciate those that are done right. It

Oregon’s International Pinot Noir Celebration: Day One

Under the towering trees and across the sprawling green lawns of Linfield College in the little town of McMinnville, Oregon,

Arista Winery, Russian River Valley: Current Releases

Given the chance, I highly recommend anyone to make the investment of time and money to watch a winery evolve

2007 J. Rochioli “River Block” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

It took me a long time in my evolution as a wine lover to truly understand the amount of money

The Best Pinot Noir in California?: Tasting Pinot Days 2009

The Pinot Days grand tasting event, which took place yesterday at Fort Mason in San Francisco, brings together one of

International Pinot Noir Conference: July 24-26, McMinnville, OR

There are wine tastings, and then there are wine tastings. And then, there are experiences that completely transcend a bunch