Category Archives: USA

Carhartt Winery: Backyard Watering Hole

Carhartt Winery is located in downtown Los Olivos, right on the corner as you turn in from Route 154.  It’s almost hidden under a handful of large shady trees along the sidewalk.  It’s an unassuming building (on the road to … Continue reading

Merlot, Rhone, Sangiovese, Santa Barbara, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, USA

Chris’ Pick: Clos LaChance Grenache 2005

This month I decided to go back in time a little bit and pull out a wine from our collection.  It’s been in our collection for about 3 years now since it’s one of the wines served during our wedding … Continue reading

Chris' Pick, Grenache, USA

Curtis Winery: The Bachelor & Chocolate Truffles

It’s good to be a Firestone. On one hand, you own Curtis Winery, producing Rhone style wines since 1995. On the other hand, you got to appear on The Bachelor (Season 3 for those who are counting), propose to a … Continue reading

Grenache, Mourvèdre, Rhone, Roussanne, Santa Barbara, Syrah, USA, Viogner

Zaca Mesa: The Marathon Tasting

Right as we arrived at Zaca Mesa, a white stretch limo pulled into the driveway with what we only could imagine was a gaggle of half drunk party-goers.  When we reached the parking lot, a full on Coach bus was … Continue reading

Santa Barbara, USA

Foxen Winery: Tasting Bordeaux, Contemplating Tattoos

Foxen Winery has been around since 1985 and produces a number of different wines from their own vineyards as well as purchased grapes.  The one vineyard they own is the only dry farmed vineyard in the region, meaning the grapes … Continue reading

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Santa Barbara, Sauvignon Blanc, USA

Road Trip: Santa Barbara Wine Country

When we lived in LA, we took a trip up to Santa Barbara wine country for the day (a 2.5 hr drive).  This was a while ago so we don’t have any specific notes from that trip, though we did … Continue reading


Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc ’10

Paying a lot of money for a bottle of white is always tough for Linda and me.  We just don’t find that of a big difference between a $10 bottle and a $40 bottle.  That said, there are some bad … Continue reading

Sauvignon Blanc, USA, White Wine