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Jake Checks In from Dubost Winery!

May 13th, 2011 No comments

Vintage Cellars’ own Jake Austad checks in with us again from his California wine tour, telling us all about his latest find.  “I stumbled upon Dubost on the west side of Paso Robles,” says Jake.  “Sure, the sign said tasting room open, but after a half mile trek down a one lane dirt road, I was unsure.  Once in the gravel parking lot, the only car there, I met Curt.  Fourth generation on the family ranch, Curt had to get off the tractor and take off his farmers hat to put on his wine hat and pour.”  Curt made the atmosphere of Dubost very pleasant, sharing numerous stories with Jake from his 60+ years of experience.  Of the wines he tasted, Jake found the Granache and Zinfandel to be his two favorites.  “The zin was accompanied by a story of how the family stumbled upon the 2 tons of fruit from the cushion vineyard near the now famous James Berry Vineyard by Saxum,” relays Jake.  “It was a gem of a Zinfandel for the Dubost family.”   Jake, well aware of the recent trend to label yourself “boutique” in the wine world, believes the term aptly applies to Dubost.  “The wine was the very definition of boutique. All small case lots of 100 to 200 cases were made for each varietal.”  Summing up his positive experience, Jake had the following to say: “If you want family owned where you can taste the passion in each wine, if you want to search out the very definition of boutique winery, you can find it at Dubost.”  And Jake also recommends trying their estate olive oil, too!  “It’s worth the trek down a single lane dirt road for the wine, olive oil, and stories…”

Dubost Zinfandel

Interview with a Vintner

January 11th, 2011 No comments

Dave Breeden discusses the art and science of winemaking from Scienceline on Vimeo.

During the harvest season, I got the chance to interview New York winemaker Dave Breeden. Dave is a chemist and a philosopher who makes award-winning wines at Sheldrake Point Winery in the Finger Lakes area. The question I came to Dave with was, “Is winemaking an art or a science?” His response was fascinating. Watch the video above and read the full profile here.

San Diego Wineries

April 1st, 2010 No comments

With the great wine areas of Napa and Sonoma just a short trip away, it’s easy to forget about wine tasting options that are closer to home.  But the San Diego area, along with great beaches, great restaurants, and lots to do and see, has many quality wineries.  A great springtime weekend activity to to gather a group of your friends and tour a few wineries (you might want to rent a car service first).

Here is Sign On San Diego’s list of wineries in the San Diego area.  It focuses on wineries in San Diego proper, but if you’re also interested in wineries in Temecula, please also check this link as well.

When you’re wine tasting, don’t forget our five steps to a proper tasting: look, smell, taste, note, and enjoy.  If you need a crash course on the right way to taste wine, click here or read more here on some local San Diego wine shops. Cheers!

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