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Demetria Estate – Round Rich Riesling

Demetria Estate – Round Rich Riesling

The Riesling from Demetria Estate may have a little sweetness but it doesn’t have that sugar aftertaste. Instead, it’s a round rich Riesling with tangy flavors. A slightly frizaante mouthfeel hits you at first although it doesn’t appear to be sparkling.

Goose is Loose

Goose is Loose

Driving out of the horse ranch I’d called home for a few months, I wanted to say goodbye to my latest favorite pet. It was a beautiful morning and I felt like getting out of the car to savor the moment as one I will always remember. I thought Goose’s horse should know...

First Crush

First Crush

Another meeting with famed winemaker, Gray Hartley of Hitching Post Wines, was kind of like an esteemed ride along. We started the afternoon hand de-stemming and hand crushing grapes to check their sugar reading on a refractometer. It was my first crush! Then, we...

Head Fiddle

Met with a rare gem in the wine community today, Kathy Joseph from Fiddlehead Cellars. Kathy knew the Santa Rita Hills would be part of the Pinot revolution so she bought acres in this cool climate, planted, nurtured her grapes, and began selling them to winemakers....

Sort This Out

Sort This Out Cellars is doing a few simple things that’ll make you wonder why everyone else isn’t. One is, they stay open later. Brilliance sometimes comes in the enlightenment that a winery’s business hours should resemble those of a bar or restaurant rather than a...

Demetria Estate

Took a friend to Demetria Estate in Foxen Canyon and we wanted to stay and relax all afternoon. In the middle of a canyon, surrounded by vineyards in every direction, we sat outside on rustic wood listening to live music and tasting well-crafted wines. Our fave of the...


Always a stop on our tastings through Los Olivos is Carhartt for many reasons. Mike and Brook make the most of a charming space and have the best wine tasting furniture in town. We always love their Grenache Blanc for sipping on the porch when we get home. My...

Hitching Post Wines – An Amazing Story

Just returned from a fab meeting with Gray Hartley of Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Wines, I have lots of stories. The two have been partners in the business since 1979, when they first made wine together. Since business partnerships like the one Gray Hartley has with...