“Cal-Ital” wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Santa Cruz Mountains (SCM) appellation is known mainly for Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.† But wine makers around here actually do grow an assortment of other grapes including Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, and plenty of others in experimental quantities. Aside from that, many of them buy grapes from other regions and in general, make … Continue reading “Cal-Ital” wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains

A little California Nebbiolo revelation

I tried a new California Nebbiolo last week and I was totally ready get on here and start dogging it but ... well I had a revelation. And so did the wine. So a couple weeks ago Jeff invited me to his annual company party, telling me that this year it was going to be … Continue reading A little California Nebbiolo revelation

California Nebbiolo

“It grows like a weed,” Randall Grahm said to me first when I asked him to describe his experience with Nebbiolo in California. This is ironic because Nebbiolo is supposed to be one of the most difficult varieties to grow in the world. The point is that the vine does grow like a weed. But … Continue reading California Nebbiolo