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Forbes: Interview with Dan Petroski

April 2017

How A NY Publisher Became A Successful Winemaker For Two Wildly Different Brands How did a Nebbiolo-lover from the New York publishing world become an icon of hipster wine while simultaneously producing some of Napa’s most exciting Cabernet for a heritage brand in Calistoga? Because Dan Petroski is uniquely suited […]

Food & Wine – New Kids on the Block

March 2017

These are the names you need to know: We rounded up the 10 up-and-coming winemakers who are challenging expectations with new varieties and exacting styles. Massican: 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – Dan Petroski’s Massican wines – like this crystalline Sauvignon – are the California winemaker’s homage to the minerally whites of […]

Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews: Making Vermouth

March 2017

How one winemaker turned “failure” into a successful product Vermouth tends to be thought of as an apt blender in a martini—a second thought to making a fine cocktail. Its history as a modern beverage dates back to the 1800s and is celebrated on its own, as well, and as […]

San Francisco Chronicle – Great Vermouth Awakening

January 2017

[Excerpt] “…. Vermouth, if you believe the laudatory newspaper articles that appear every couple of years, has long been poised to become the next big thing — always on the verge of mainstream popularity, but never quite arriving…. Could it now finally be vermouth’s moment? …. New, local vermouth producers […]

International Wine Report – Top 100 Wines of 2016

December 2016

2015 Massican Hyde – #59: The 2015 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from Massican is an incredible showing. It instantly opens with beautiful and extremely complex aromas of lime zest, orchard fruit, fresh minerals, and buttered almonds followed by hints of sliced pear, honey and tropical fruits that resonate through the wine. […]

Decanter – Top U.S. Wines of 2016

December 2016

As often happens when writing any end-of-year listicle, the task of looking back over the last 12 months has the pleasant side effect of reminding us of the highlights. Instead of analyzing a particular moment, scenario, or trend, it’s a chance to reflect on a whole years’ worth of them. […]

Wine Specator: 2015 Reviews

October 2016

2015 Annia: Crisp lime, grapefruit and green papaya flavors are bright, crisp and elegant, set on a smooth, seamless frame. Accents of wild fennel and saline linger on the finish. Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Chardonnay. Drink now. 89 points. 2015 Sauvignon: There’s a lot of intensity and elegance in […]

Wine & Spirits: 2015 Reviews

October 2016

2015 Sauvignon: Picked during the first week of August, this white has a fresh citrus character, from lemon to grapefruit. There’s an earthy green-tea scent from the lees, but that integrate with air, the wine finishing clean. Delicious with pan roasted sole. 91 points.

Maker’s Table: 2015 Reviews

September 2016

2015 Annia – At first, when truly cold, this wine has a serious and savory nose, almost saline, wet rocks, clay—very mineral. Its clear, pale yellow chemise has greenish glints and issues a faint hint of something like pineapple or passion fruit, but definitely pear. The texture is light, and […]

Forbes: Napa Valley’s Answer to Summer is Sauvignon Blanc

August 2016

Napa Valley Sauvignon should have broad appeal, but it’s still a relatively unsung category. Chardonnay gets all the glory, although both remain tucked deep into the shadow of Cabernet. Yet Sauvignon Blanc performs well in the climate and soils of the region. And for those who passionately dislike (I stop […]