All About Wine

Please follow the links below to read more about all topics related to wine: winemaking and production, regions, reviews, tasting information, my vintage experiences, and more.

Successful Wine Fermentation - Introduction, Selecting the Right Yeast (Part I, Part II), Preparing Juice/Must for Inoculation, Indigenous Yeast, Inoculation, Yeast Propagation (Part I, Part II, Part III), Fermentation Monitoring, Red Varietals (Part I, Part II).



Biodynamics - Basics, Preparations and Composting.

Wine & Health - Wine Headaches - Don't Blame Sulfites, Wine Headaches - So What is It?,

Production & Packaging - Speed Settling, Pressing Issues, Wine Bottle Shapes, Counterfeit Wine & the Jefferson Bottles, Tap the Keg!.

Winery Equipment - Wine PressesRed Varietal Fermentation Vessels.

LaboratoryWine Laboratory Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Wine Tasting - What Wine Should I Drink?, The Language of Wine. 

Wine Regions
       California - Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Paso Robles, San Diego County, Napa Valley (Part I, Part II). 
       New Zealand - Gisborne, Marlborough, (Part I, Part II).
       Australia - Margaret River.
       Indonesia - Indonesian Wine. 

Cal Poly Wines (see also Vintage 2008 below) - Gold Medal Wine Club Selects 2008 Cal Poly Wines, Cal Poly Wines, Production Notes - 2008 Cal Poly Wines, Cal Poly Wine - Homecoming Events, TDW 2006 Cal Poly Vineyard Syrah, Cal Poly 2008 Mustang White, Cal Poly 2008 'Signature' Pinot Noir.

San Diego Wine & Food Festival, 2010 - San Diego Wine & Food Festival 2010,San Diego Wine Rave Tonight at Eden, San Diego Wine & Food Festival - Grand Tasting Today, A Rainy Saturday - San Diego Wine & Food Festival, SD Wine & Food Festival - More Photos.

    Reviews  
           California Wines - Cal Poly 2008 'Signature' Pinot Noir, Souverain 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Fratelli Perata 2004 Paso Robles Sangiovese, Firestone 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Merlot, Kenwood 2007 Sonoma County Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Surfrider 2007 Hang Ten Red, Wattle Creek 2006 Yorkville Highlands 'Triple Play', Valley of the Moon 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Hall 2007 Paso Robles Merlot, Cal Poly 2008 Mustang White, Carpe Diem 2007 Pinot Noir, Campion 2006 Edna Valley Pinot Noir, Cardinal Zin 2005 California Zinfandel, Tobin James 2004 Liquid Love, Norman Vineyards 2005 'The Monster', Tangent 2007 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Tolosa 2006 Edna Ranch Pinot Noir, Laetitia 2006 Brut de Blancs, TDW 2006 Cal Poly Vineyard Syrah, Peachy Canyon 2004 Jester, Sebastiani 2002 Sonoma County Merlot.
           Other US Wines - The Honorable 2009 Washington Riesling, Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Solena 2004 Pinot Noir Grand Cuvee. 
           South America Wines - Santa Carolina 2010 Premio Red, MontGras 2009 Reserva Carmenere, Rutini 2006 Mendoza Syrah, Catena 2007 Mendoza Malbec, Porta Reserva 2005 Maipo Valley Carmenere, Aresti Reserva 2006 Maipo Valley Syrah.
           New Zealand Wines - Seresin 2009 Leah Pinot Noir, Montana 2007 Terrior Series Waihirere Chardonnay, Te Kairanga 2008 Pinot Noir, Longbush 2007 Tui Viognier, Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir, Millton 2007 Riverpoint Chardonnay, Hihi 2007 Gisborne Viognier. 
           Other World Wines - Hatten NV Alexandria, Fita Preta 2008 Blanco Vinho, Campo Viejo Reserva 2005 Tempranillo, Langmeil 2004 Three Gardens, Bodegas Castano 2003 'Solera' Vinas Viejas, Cuvee du President Red Wine, L.A. Cetto 2002 Nebbiolo, Torbreck 2004 'The Factor', Porta Reserva 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.


    Vintage 2013 - Margaret River, Australia - Vintage 2013 with Vasse Felix, And It Begins, Nearly Through the Whites, Halfway Through the Reds, Picking (at) the Right Time, A Good Finish.

    Vintage 2012 - San Luis Obispo, California - Vintage is Nearly Here!, Christian's Report, Slow Start, Two Pinots, Aromatic Gruner Veltliner,, Lines of Trucks, Rain Rain Go Away, What Day is It?, Another Rain Scare, Last Week of Grapes, It's All Over.

    Vintage 2011 - Gisborne & Blenheim, New Zealand - Back to New Zealand, Long Time Coming, Harvest Update - Plenty of Grapes, Harvest Update - Change of Pace, Harvest Update - Is It June?, Wine Region - Marlborough, Part I, Wine Region - Marlborough, Part II

    Vintage 2010 - Napa Valley, California - Find a New Home - Napa Valley, Roughin It, Harvest Update - All Sparkles, Harvest Update - Trickling In

      Vintage 2010 - Gisborne, New Zealand -  Back to Work, Harvest Update - Just a Few Days Away, Harvest Update  Working out the Kinks, Harvest Update - Already Halfway, Harvest Update - The Good Stuff, Harvest Update - Getting Tired, Harvest Update - Pushing Through, Harvest Update - Back to Days, Harvest Update - Syrah is Here, Empty Bench, Empty Lineup..., Harvest Update - Nothing Left, Harvest Update - All Done, Relics.

        Vintage 2009 - San Luis Obispo, California - Harvest Update - Winery Nights, Harvest Update - Nearly There, Harvest Update - The Last Push,Cal Poly Wines, Harvest Update - Vineyard Games, Harvest Update - Last Week, Pressing Issues, Edna Valley, Harvest Update - All Over


          Vintage 2009 - Gisborne, New Zealand - Beginning Vintage, Speed Settling, April Showers Bring..., First Weekend of Freedom, Wine Region - Gisborne