Two Shepherds, Two Philosophies, One Great Wine

It’s kind of a long story why this particular post got kicked repeatedly to the back burner when we actually tasted William Allen’s awesome syrahs last June at a Rhone Rangers tasting event. The Rhone Rangers is an advocacy group … Continue reading

Terra Sávia – An Organic Tradition in Action

It almost seems as though Jim Milone, winemaker at Terra Sávia, makes organic wines because it’s never occurred to him to do otherwise. “We hate to shower,” he joked when asked why organic. But then he got down to business. … Continue reading

La Motte – All the Way From South Africa

One of the advantages of massive tastings like Hospice du Rhone is that you get to try wines that are harder to find and from places you don’t get to see every day.  Such as South Africa. We met a … Continue reading

Anglim Winery – What a Kit Hath Wrought

    It started somewhat insidiously – with a gift of a winemaking kit one Father’s Day. “It was god-awful disgusting stuff,” said Steve Anglim, owner and winemaker of Anglim Winery. But it was enough to get him making wine, … Continue reading

Vergari Wines

It happened a few months ago, but one day, Michael gets an email in his personal box inviting him and a guest to a tasting at a local contractor’s store near us.  Huh?  It was from David Vergari – a … Continue reading

Irish Family Vineyards

The first time we went up to Calaveras County’s wine country – part of a visit to Jeff Stai and Twisted Oak Winery – we drove right past Jeff’s neighbor at Irish Family Vineyards. For some reason, we looked at … Continue reading

Schug Carneros Estate Winery

It’s hard to know where to begin when talking about Walter Schug.  This guy has been working in the California wine industry since 1966, when he was a grape buyer for Gallo.  He is still hip-deep in making some phenomenal … Continue reading

The Nelson Family Vineyards

Talk about letting your wines speak for you!  We met Greg and Missy Nelson at the Mendocino Grape Growers event in Santa Rosa last spring, which we attended on a press pass.  We enjoyed chatting with Missy, but Greg kind … Continue reading

Exploration Fun

This being the middle of the harvest, we’re pretty busy here at OddBallGrape.  Put almost 1,500 miles on the car last week and the week before in three trips to Paso Robles, California, to go pick and bring back cabernet … Continue reading

Three Sticks Winery and a (Sigh) Mess-Up

Oh, deep and profound annoyance!  We had gotten turned onto Three Sticks Winery at the Family Winemakers event in Pasadena last spring.  Then, after several rounds of phone tag and other missed opportunities, Anne finally got a chance to to … Continue reading