santa maria valley pinot noir solomon hills ojai vineyard

Wine
The key to Ojai is that Adam Tolmach knows every row in every consequential vineyard in Santa Barbara County, and that he purchases his grapes by the acre, rather than by the ton. In some vintages, that can cost more than twice as much. But it gives him direct control of the vineyard work, and by extension, of the quality of the grapes he buys. In the winery, Adam prefers to intervene as little as possible, allowing each vineyard to […]

santa barbara county syrah white hawk vineyard ojai vineyard

Wine
The key to Ojai is that Adam Tolmach knows every row in every consequential vineyard in Santa Barbara County, and that he purchases his grapes by the acre, rather than by the ton. In some vintages, that can cost more than twice as much. But it gives him direct control of the vineyard work, and by extension, of the quality of the grapes he buys. In the winery, Adam prefers to intervene as little as possible, allowing each vineyard to […]

touraine le bouc domaine ricard

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When Vincent Ricard took over his family’s vineyards in 1999, his first priority was to quit selling grapes in bulk to the cooperative, which exasperated his father and antagonized his neighbors. Today he cultivates seventeen hectares planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc, with small parcels of Cot (Malbec), Cabernet Franc, and Gamay, and the entire harvest is estate-bottled. The organic farming incorporates practices taken from the discipline of biodynamics, which Vincent encountered as a young disciple of Didier Dagueneau and François […]

anjou terres de grès rosé chateau bois-brinçon

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Xavier Cailleau represents the fifth generation of his family to grow grapes at this historically important domaine, and is the first to bottle the wines at the estate. After finishing his training in viticulture and oenology, he worked for a time with François Barmès in Alsace, an experience that influenced his decision to abandon the chemical fertilizers and herbicides his father and grandfather had always relied on, and to transform the estate over to biodynamics. There are twenty-seven hectares of […]

dry creek valley cuvée blanc unti vineyards

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George Unti bought his first vineyards in Dry Creek in 1990, and for seven years sold fruit to large producers of “varietal” wines. His son Mick joined his father in 1999 after many years of working with large wineries where he learned winemaking and marketing. Currently, Mick manages the operation which covers 35 acres of vines, some of which are planted to some interesting old French and Italian varieties. Sébastian Pochan, a French ex-patriate joined Mick and George in 2001 […]