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Mark Aselstine
August 27, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Blast from the Past: A Glass at Copain

If you're planning on tasting in or around Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley, Copain offers one of the better views around. Their winemaker Wells Guthrie has also been one of the driving forces behind the lower alcohol movement in California wines, especially Pinot Noir.  Of course, lower alcohol levels can't come about simply by a winemaker making that choice (yes, they do have some control after all) but setting the goal of being more French in style has forced Copain to look at some of the coolest growing sites in California.  All in all, it's one of our favorite places to taste in Sonoma and would suggest it to anyone on their next trip to Northern California wine country.

Time Posted: Aug 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 22, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Fall is Coming

Fall feels like it may have arrived today for much of the Bay Area.  Cool and breezy.  In Napa Valley, it's still the middle of summer it seems.  We're getting close to sugar levels in some grapes which will lead some wineries to pick earlier than normal, others will wait until the last possible minute, or the first significant threat of rain in the middle of October or later.

Time Posted: Aug 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 21, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Have a Drink

Will you be having a drink tonight?  With who?  What will you be opening?

Time Posted: Aug 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 20, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Stolpman Vineyards Zip Line

Stolpman Vineyards is home to some of the nicest people we've met in the wine industry, many of which including Peter Stolpman have been instrumental in getting our customers some incredible wine otherwise not available through other retailers.  In any case, the winery has a tasting room in Los Olivos (about 30 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara) which is perhaps my personal favorite place to taste wine in California.  A lot of people would be surprised to hear that, but the wine quality and quality/price is incredible in the area and Stolpman is one of about 30 winery tasting rooms within walking distance of each other. Plus there is a real congenial atmosphere and small town vibe in the area which is nice.  Lastly, it doesn't get quite the huge influx of weekend and summer/harvest visitors that we experience in Napa-which generally speaking, is a good thing for those who do make the trip.

Time Posted: Aug 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 20, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Pushdowns on Merlot

Our friends over at Vellum Wine Craft show what hand made truly means.  Having spent some time doing push downs on a much larger scale than this, I can appreciate the amount of effort it really does take.  Vellum's a personal favorite and an interesting project, much more French in style meaning higher acidity and necessitating the coolest weather vineyards they can find.

Time Posted: Aug 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM