Category Archives: Chardonnay

The Wines of Lawer Estates of Knights Valley

Lawer Estates is a Calistoga-based winery owned and operated by David and Betsy Lawer.   Originally from Alaska, the Lawers launched their operation in 2003.   With their extended family and the help of an experienced team of vineyard managers and winemakers,  … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is crafting some superb wines under a new project called Tongue Dancer. The unusual name was chosen to reflect his special interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. Under … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases from Napa Valley and Sonoma County

The four wines reviewed here are exemplary of the depth and breadth of Francis Ford Coppola’s wine portfolio. This foursome offers excellent Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at an affordable price and two delicious proprietary red blends. The 2016 Eleanor … Continue reading

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Morgan: 2017 Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ finest wineries. Year in and year out, it produces high quality wines at fair prices. The winery is owned and operated by veteran winemaker Dan Lee who has been crafting wine at … Continue reading

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Vergelegen: Modern Wines from a 300 Year Old Estate

Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s finest producers of premium wines. It’s located in an idyllic setting just 6 km from the sea with sloping mountainside vineyards, and winemaker André Van Rensburg is one of South Africa’s most passionate winemakers. … Continue reading

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Paradise Springs: Premium Wines from Coast to Coast*

Paradise Springs is a family owned winery with operations in Virginia and Santa Barbara. It is owned and operated by Kirk Wilde and his mother Jane Kinchiloe along with local partners.  In Santa Barbara it shares  winemaking space in Buelton … Continue reading

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Pence Winery’s Outrageously Good Wines from the Sta Rita Hills*

The Pence Winery is set on 200 acres in the Santa Rita Hills. A tiny artisanal winery, it is part of a working ranch and farm owned and operated by Blair Pence, a California realtor with a passion for wine stemming … Continue reading

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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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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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