November 28, 2022
Picpoul Blanc is white grape varietal with origins in the Rhone area of France. The literal translation of the name from French is “lip-smacker”, which tells you something about this wine. It “jumps out of the glass” with aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. The flavor profile is “lip-smacking” good with juicy strains of pomelo, lemon curd and pineapple finishing with hints of salinity and minerality. Pair this with your holiday appetizers. It’s a “show stopper”.
Kinero Wine is one of the side-projects of Anthony Yount, winemaker of Denner Wines in Paso Robles. Anthony has a passion for white wine that he says stemmed from his father’s distaste for it. This unusual blend of Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc brings aromas of lemon zest, white peach and fresh rosemary and flavors of pomelo, rosemary and green olive. The finish is light, refreshing and lingering.
Mourvedre is, indeed, an adventurous and unusual full-bodied wine. The nose reveals dark berries, plum, blackberry and juniper berries. On the palate, you will taste dark berries and plums along with a distinct earthiness and spice quality. The wine has pleasant tannins and good acidity that lingers on the finish. The grippy tannins in this wine ask for rich foods such as beef short ribs or lamb. Great for cool weather fall meals!
This is truly an “under the radar” producer. Jason Joyce, winemaker at Calcareous Winery in Paso Robles, and his wife, Kate, were surprised that I found them. This blend is a typically, BIG Paso Red that calls out for a BIG Rib-Eye steak. 75% Syrah and 25% Cabernet brings a savory, meaty quality to the wine with some substantial tannins. Be sure to give this one time to breathe. It is approachable now, but it would also be good in another 5 years or so.
This blend is full and bright with red and dark plum flavors and balanced spice notes. Even with a 50/50 split between Grenache and Syrah, the deep purple color and the pepper, cassis and smokey qualities of the Syrah move to the front with every sip. Open bottle…let breathe….and drink. Delicious!
The word, “Labrys”, means double headed ax. The ax in the hands of a Minoan (ancient person of Crete) woman symbolizes a woman in authority. This wine is a tribute to the strong women in the Boutzakis family. This strong blend brings flavors of smoke, bacon, herbs and black fruits. The black pepper qualities of the Syrah linger on the finish. This one needs a few breaths and a good steak in order to realize its full potential. It will also continue to develop in the bottle if you want to h
"Flying Cloud" is a "Co-Pilot" brand by Stephen Ross Dooley of "Stephen Ross Wine Cellar" fame. The "Aviator" blend comes from grapes sourced from warm-climate appellations north of the grade. The wine is fruity, but has a depth that is very satisfying on the palate.
Union Sacré is known for producing white wines reminiscent of the Alsace area of France. Xavier, wine maker and owner, was challenged by a friend to step outside of his comfort zone to produce a high quality red from the Edna Valley. He has done it with this Syrah. This typical cool weather Syrah has a dark berry quality. It is savory with an acidic backbone and a bright, peppery finish.
June 20, 2022
Red fruits and baking spice on the nose with ripe cherry candy, strawberry jam and roasted nuts on the palate will make your senses sing as you savor this wonderful example of SLO Coast Pinot Noir. While this is tasting great now, you will also find taut acidity and tannins present that speak to the aging potential for this delicious wine.
This Rosé is a great example of the efforts of Mikey Giugni and his wife Gina, winemakers and owners. The Gamay grape, typically grown in the Beaujolais area of France, does very well in the cool weather and acidic soils of the SLO Coast AVA. Paired with Pinot Noir, it adds notes of bright crushed strawberries and raspberries to this refreshing and bright summer wine. The grapes were handled carefully…..hand-picked and foot tramped….. by Mikey and Gina.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points Vinous
While in her 20's, Mindy Oliver, owner and winemaker at Croma Vera, developed a lifelong dream to make wine. After several decades and the passing of a good friend, she recognized that she needed to get started on realizing her dream. Her lively grenache has aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry along with flavors of sweet red berries, cherries and white pepper. It is a spectacular showing of this Spanish varietal.
94 Points Vinous
Louisa Lindquist, winemaker and owner, has been around the wine industry all of her life. She started Verdad in 2000 with the goal of making wines specifically from grapes growing in the coastal areas of San Luis Obispo County. This Tempranillo is complex and powerful with savory qualities and notes of dark cherry, spice and licorice. It comes alive with time in the glass and will be even better as it evolves over the next few years.
This vineyard is owned and operated by a local San Luis Obispo family. It sits in their backyard right in the middle of Edna Valley. The founder was born in the rough climate of the Alto Adige area of Italy where Lagrein thrives. This is a bold wine that is often used as a replacement for Cabernet Sauvignon. It has dark plum and wild cherry flavors with lots of spice and structured tannins. It is delicious on its own, but is at it's best when paired with pork chops, veal or beef.
If you have been to Del’s in Pismo Beach, you may have had some of the wines from Darren Delmore, the son of the pizzeria’s owner. With the last name of Delmore, which translates to “of the sea”, it’s no surprise that Darren would be focusing exclusively on grapes from our coastal vineyards for his wine. This youthful Syrah has a light, rustic feel with red berry fruit flavors and a satisfying savory quality. With time in your glass, the wine opens up into a delicious, deep and fruity wine.
This mouth-watering wine is the creation of Edgar Torres, owner and winemaker. This selection from Edgar’s top tier label called “Songs” is 100% Cabernet Franc. It’s not just any Cabernet Franc. The unique Carbonic Maceration fermentation process is used in order to draw out cherry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry flavors initially. Further sips reveal a full bodied and complex wine with floral and savory herbal notes on the finish.
This delicious Pinot Noir comes from Ryan Deovlet of Biddle Ranch fame. He and his partner in flavor, Grace Kegel, have been making wine under the Deovlet label since 2008. The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from 3 legendary Santa Barbara County vineyards. You will note layered red fruits, floral notes, spice and a subtle earthiness. It is approachable and easy to drink with lovely aromatics and a layered complexity that you will find very satisfying.