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Pahlmeyer Introduces Three Exceptional New Releases

Napa Valley Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer has released three exceptional wines from two of California’s best recent vintages: the iconic Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay, the opulent Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and the first vintage release of Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon. 2012 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Winemaker Bibiana Gonzáles Rave has created a gorgeous Pinot Noir, perhaps Pahlmeyer’s finest ever, opulent […]

Iconic Laurel Glen Vineyard Receives Organic Certification, Releases First Wine under New Team

Glen Ellen, Calif.—The historic Laurel Glen Vineyard, 1,000 feet up on Sonoma Mountain, has received organic certification from California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), three years after wine industry veteran Bettina Sichel, backed by a group of wine lovers, purchased the vineyard, winery and brands from Patrick Campbell in 2011. The 2011 Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

FrontRunners October 2014 LEISURE

Convivial Pursuit The art of winemaking is not unlike that of matchmaking: Success in either endeavor requires a keen understanding of relationships, as Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards, well knows. In 1984, after becoming the winemaker at his father’s estate in the Stags Leap District, Shafer made the propitious decision to hire Elias Fernandez […]

Pahlmeyer Introduces Wayfarer Vineyard Wines

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast. Straddling King Ridge in the Fort Ross-Seaview Appellation, Wayfarer is perched at 1,100 feet, just five miles […]

FrontRunners July 2014: Cellar Notes

Red Bull  The harshest climates often give rise to the greatest splendors—at least in the realm of winemaking. This is the case with the Toro appellation in northwestern Spain’s Castile-León region. During summer, this arid terrain of sun-blanched hills sometimes experiences 24-hour temperature shifts in excess of 70 degrees. Yet these unforgiving conditions help shape one of […]

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