My Wine Journey

Life as a Winemaker: Nathan Carlson

Life as a Winemaker: Nathan Carlson

For my second installment of my 'Life as a Winemaker' series, I am going to explore the idea that being a winemaker is glamorous, romantic & full of popping bottles. On certain days of the year, winemakers assure me that is a true statement. There are days of the year when they are tasting...Read more

A Trip to: LJ Crafted Wines

On my way back from a recent trip to the beach, I stopped into one of the newest addition to San Diego's growing list of Urban Winery & satellite tasting room locations. LJ Crafted Wines located in the Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla is a modern winery by every standard. The winery offers...Read more

Life as a Winemaker: Joel Peterson

For many, the idea of being a winemaker is glamorous, romantic & full of popping bottles. To outsiders they live a life of leisure, but it is a lot of work and grit involved in the process of growing grapes & turning it into wine. Some days winemakers are completely soaked, waist-deep in...Read more

Geographical Indications on a Wine Label

Geographical indications (GI) are common to all wine producing regions & are often featured on wine labels. A GI is a name which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country.) The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that...Read more

Comparing Pinot Noir

This month’s meeting of the San Diego Chapter of the American Wine Society was themed, Pinot Noir Wines from NakedWines. Our meeting started with some recaps from the officers about financials & membership. A brief recap of the National Tasting Project (NTP) from last year was given &...Read more

Chianti: Legend of the Black Rooster

The Gallo Nero ( Black Rooster ) is the historic symbol of the League of Chianti and has become the symbol of the wines of Chianti Classico. There are no clear records on the exact origin of this symbol, but the legend passed from generation to generation is as follows:

During Medieval...Read more

An Evening with: Tenuta Torciano Winery

For our third meeting of the San Diego Wine Guild in 2018, we had Tenuta Torciano Winery presented by Chiara & Valentina Lunare. After some quick announcements about upcoming programs, we quickly got onto introductions of the presenters. They gave us a quick description of who they were and...Read more

Pairing Wine and Cheese

A match made in heaven is how most people would describe the centuries-old tradition of having wine + cheese together. With the right combination you will experience an amazing pairing that will leave you talking about it for months to come. While an error can be costly, unappetizing or both....Read more

A Trip to: Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Today I visited the Temecula wine region for the first time in a long time, so I started with Callaway Vineyard & Winery . When I arrived at the property, I was drawn to a walkway area they have that displays all their wine grape varietals grown on the estate. It is winter now, so all the...Read more

An Evening with: Pierce Ranch Vineyards

For our second meeting of the San Diego Wine Guild in 2018, we had Pierce Ranch Vineyards presented by Josh Pierce. This small family-owned winery in Monterey County's San Antonio Valley AVA. They produce estate-grown wines focused on Spanish and Portuguese varieties. After our club activities...Read more