Oct
29

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arbe Garbe White Blend 2012

My final entry in this spotlight was long delayed due to my trip to Portugal, but the wait was worth it. Arbe Garbe’s Friulian-style blend is one of the best

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Sep
28

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Tatomer Gruner Veltliner “Paragon” Edna Valley 2013

It’s easy not to see time. We are quick to embrace its evaporation, either in satiety or fear. Distraction. Each moment but a prediction of the next. But there is

Sep
22

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2010

The Perrin family are one of the few large French producers who entered California and managed to actually make something distinctly Californian, jump start a lesser known region, push a

Sep
19

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Forlorn Hope “Que Sandade” Sierra Foothills Verdelho 2012

It is the felt life. The deeper roots we place reach their measure on instances of resonant kinship. It is the understanding that we can touch something fundamental by bypassing

Sep
13

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arnot Roberts Old Vine White 2012

Another important development in the best unusual whites coming out of California is a renewed appreciation for old vine field blends. Long the format for the best Zinfandel based wines

Sep
11

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arnot Roberts Vare Vineyard Ribolla Gialla 2012

Napa Valley. It’s not the first place you would go looking in California for an obscure Italian/Slovenian white grape. Neither is George Vare’s employment background the first you might choose

Sep
7

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Wind Gap Trousseau Gris 2013

If you thought you were free of California, think again. I realized when profiling the various Chardonnays of the so-called “new” California, that many exciting developments were occurring with unusual,