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Failla’s Keefer Ranch Pinot: A work of outsourcing

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without the word “outsourcing” being mentioned in a negative global context.  But in the wine business, outsourcing domestically is considered a good thing.  In fact, outsourcing wine work is normally a really good thing, especially to value conscious consumers of the vino. This is all a... Read More

Halter Ranch: Wine and a walkabout

Posted on: October 6th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Along one of the most beautiful rural drives that the Paso Robles wine country has to offer, is a rustic vineyard property simply known as Halter Ranch.  There, you can enjoy a wide variety of wines along with an Old California experience that is well worth some extra time. This is because their tasting... Read More

Change it up: Grilled game hens and Pinot Noir

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Tempted to drag out the burgers and beer again for this year’s late season barbeques?  Maybe this time you may want to “go poultry” and change it up a little, nothing major, just “Hens and Pinot”.  This combination has been tested over and over, and for a cookout that’s a little different, it’s worth... Read More

Wine Not?

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

With Fall officially upon us, whether it feels like it or not, so begins the start of wine harvest season. According the the California Wine Institute, there are 20 million people who visit California’s wineries for tours and tastings each year. No need for us to make a trip out of state to have... Read More

Rhone varietal hill country: Alta Colina in Paso Robles

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you’re searching for top notch wines made with Rhone varietal grapes here in the US, the somewhat elusive hunt for them can force you to venture well off the beaten path.  And the extreme is tracking down great Mourvèdre and Grenache wines, but the rewards are worth it. One of the best places... Read More

Hillside Spot casual dining: Gourmet food and wine in the ‘Tuke

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

For many of us, when deciding where to go for an informal dining experience, great food and wine are essentials to consider in the final choice.  And you can bet that good restaurants know all too well about this basic key to success. But the only the best restaurants totally understand that you can’t... Read More

A sumptuous red blend that will get a “wink” from wine lovers

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

If you know for sure that your next guest of honor likes big wines with the beef course, no matter what, there are a lot of choices out there right now.  But for beef, there are few to compare with the big Cabernet blends from California’s 2008-2010 vintages.  Grill it up, and these wines... Read More

Santa Rita Hills: Surprising Pinot Noirs north of L.A.

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

In most of California’s wine growing areas, microclimates are created by mountains that block cool winds from the ocean, creating hot days and cool nights.  But Santa Rita Hills is known for how the mountains don’t block, but actually funnel, the ocean air inland 24/7. So, even though the sun in this Santa Barbara... Read More

Ancient Peaks Cabernet: Soil plus climate equals luscious

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Contrary to conventional “wine wisdom”, when it comes to California’s Cabernet Sauvignons, they are not all are created equal.  In fact, their taste can vary to the point of distraction.  Even when produced in the same geographic area, it sometimes seems like the same grape isn’t even contained within the glass! This is especially... Read More

Summery white wine from Dominio del Plata

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Because Argentina is so well known for their Malbecs, white wines from this major producing country don’t usually get their due of oohs and ahhs.  But when it comes to summery quaffing beverages, wines made from the Torrontés grape in this country of wine are hard to beat. And fortunately for us, Argentine exporters... Read More

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