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 […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Birds in Flight

THE GIFT An unprecedented collection of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, comprising six 750 mL bottles each of every vintage from 1992 to 2002 (except 2000, when no wine was made), from the cellars of Soutirage, and a vertical flight of magnums of the 2003 to 2013 vintages, from the estate’s own […]

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