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  1. Samra Morris of Alma Rosa, and the Dream of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara

    Samra Morris of Alma Rosa, and the Dream of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara

    Grape Collective talks to Samra Morris about her path to wine and her winemaking philosophy.

  2. Jeff Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards on Santa Ynez and Biodynamics

    Jeff Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards on Santa Ynez and Biodynamics

    Grape Collective talks to Jeff Beckmen about the history of the estate, the grapes he cultivates, and biodynamic farming in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

  3. Massican Wine’s B-Side: Six Ways of Interpreting Dan Petroski’s Vision

    Massican Wine’s B-Side: Six Ways of Interpreting Dan Petroski’s Vision

    Dan Petroski, winemaker and owner of Massican, which makes only whites in Napa Valley, has one of the most fertile minds we’ve come across in our 50 years of enjoying and studying wine. But when we heard about his latest project, even we had to say: What the Falanghina? Essentially, the idea is this: What if he asked other vintners to create a wine that would fit under the Massican style umbrella? Considering that winemakers have such individual passions, this seems a bit out there.

  4. Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia Brings Italian Soulfulness to Lake County

    Pietro Buttitta of Prima Materia Brings Italian Soulfulness to Lake County

    The Lake County appellation is situated next door to the Napa Valley yet has a very different climate. It is much warmer and lacks the coastal influence that its more famous neighbor basks in. Lake County has mostly been known in the past for its bulk wine production, yet a new generation of winegrowers are beginning to figure out what the area’s different microclimates are capable of. These quality-minded producers are making smaller volumes of elegant wines, like those of Prima Materia.

  5. Donkey and Goat at 15: California Natural Wine Pioneers Take Stock

    Donkey and Goat at 15: California Natural Wine Pioneers Take Stock

    "For us, natural wine is continuity from soil to bottle. It's about transparency, it's about making delicious wines." Tracey Brandt
  6. Mi Sueño Americano: Mi Sueño’s Rolando Herrera Lives Out His American Dream

    Mi Sueño Americano: Mi Sueño’s Rolando Herrera Lives Out His American Dream

    “I love what I do. The name says it all, Mi Sueño—which stands for ‘my dream’—and it’s a great honor to live the true American dream in something you love." -Rolando Herrera
  7. Halcyon Days: A Chat with Tyler Elwell

    Halcyon Days: A Chat with Tyler Elwell

    Tyler and Kim Elwell of Halcyon Wines - inspired by a love for California, the Loire Valley and a constant pursuit of wisdom, balance and love.
  8. Jack Roberts: From England to France to New California

    Jack Roberts: From England to France to New California

    We talk to winemaker Jack Roberts about moving to Napa Valley, Monty Python, New California and starting his own wine label.
  9. A Wine Trip To San Francisco, Naturally!

    A Wine Trip To San Francisco, Naturally!

    Three thousand miles... that is a long way from home. But when it is to check out the local natural (and organic) wine scene of San Francisco and Napa Valley, it is well worth the travel.
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