Monthly Archives: February 2019

Margerum: New Releases from Santa Barbara*

Margerum Wine Company is owned and operated by Doug Margerum, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemaking entrepreneurs. It produces small quantities of premium wines made from estate-grown and purchased grapes from top neighboring vineyards.  We recently visited Doug at the … Continue reading

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Graham Beck: Exclusive Focus on Premium Sparkling

Industrialist Graham Beck founded his eponymous vineyard and winery in Robertson in 19xx [anorak]  A few years later Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck, making his first sparkling wine  (called MCC or Methode Cap Classique in South Africa) in 1991. I … Continue reading

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Spear Vineyards and Winery: A New Promising Farm Winery in the Sta. Rita Hills

Spear is a tiny and relatively new, family-owned Santa Barbara winery that shows great promise.  Its estate vineyard nestled in the Sta Rita Hills is certified organic and sustainable.  It was first planted in 2013  on 33 acres, and its first … Continue reading

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Kunin Wines: 2016 Releases from Santa Barbara*

Seth Kunin founded his eponymous winery Kunin Wines in 1998 with the aim of producing small production Rhone varietal wines. Until his untimely passing in 2017 at the age of 50 years, he was a highly respected member of the … Continue reading

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Richard Kershaw Lifts Elgin to New Heights

Richard Kershaw, South Africa’s first MW (Master of Wine), worked at wineries around the world (including Simi in California) before becoming winemaker at Mulderbosch  and then, in 2012, starting his own eponymous winery in Elgin, South Africa’s coolest growing area. … Continue reading

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Cabernet Sauvignon Reigns Supreme in Washington State

Washington State’s Cabernet Sauvignon plantings have increased dramatically in recent years, driven by consumer demand and the price premium this grape commands.  Cabernet Sauvignon plantings have also taken off in California in appellations like Lodi and Paso Robles.  So is … Continue reading

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Hermann J. Wiemer of the Finger Lakes: A Great American Winery

Hermann J. Wiemer is one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. A native of Bernkastel, Germany, he studied at the world famous Neustadt Viticultural Research Institute, took a winemaking job in the Finger Lakes, and … Continue reading

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Art-Food and Wine at Quoin Rock

Located on the slopes of the Simonsberg, the Quoin Rock wine estate just reopened its doors to the public after a lengthy, no-expense-spared renovation of the winery, vineyards and restaurant by the Vitaly Gaiduk family, which purchased the 200 hectare … Continue reading

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