Darius Miller

Get The Franc Out!

Pre-dawn one cold morning last November, Steve and I were standing in the Camp Four vineyard in Santa Ynez staring at 12 macro bins heaping with Cabernet Franc grapes. I was contracted for 12,000 pounds but what stood before us was a whole lot more.  We loaded the trailer and it groaned and complained but we were on the road, at least for a little while.   We traveled a few miles and then pulled into a gas station to…

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What’s Up Bud?

As the weather warms and the winter clouds begin to fade, the grape vines are waking up. The vineyards have soaked up the winter rains that will nourish the plants throughout the summer. As the sun warms the vineyard and the temperature rises, sap in the vines begins to flow from the root to the tip. The sap carries water, nutrients, and stored carbohydrates from the roots into the trunk and then out the cordons which look like the arms…

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Rack and Roll

As spring rolls in, it’s time to rack and roll in the cellar. The 2017 wine is getting ready for bottling and the 2018 wine is waking up and growing up. The French call this process elvage which is comparable to the word “raising” as in raising a child. This is the period of time when adolescent wine begins to mature.   This is also an ideal time to check the young wines progress. For the last few days, we…

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What’s In the Bottle?

ast week we talked about barrels, but what about bottles? Starting about 6,000 BCE large earthenware containers called “kvevri” were used in the country of Georgia; they were coated with beeswax were used for both the fermentation and storage of wine. The Egyptians improved the kvevri by adding handles to allow for the safe transport of wine called amphoras. The amphoras were made in all different sizes however all had two handles and a long skinny neck to reduce exposure…

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What’s That Smell?

s a winemaker, I smell a lot of wine. Some wines are very aromatic and others are more reserved. Some smell like fruit while others are earthier or herbaceous. Each wine has its own set of aromas based upon the type of grape, the place it was grown and how it was produced and the kind of critters (bacteria) that are in the wine. When I lead private wine tastings, the third “Zen Steps of Wine Tasting” is learning how…

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Sac or Bust

Next week a small armada of Koi Zen Cellars folks will be converging in Sacramento. Nothing starts the new year off as a trip to Sacramento for the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium. On January 29-31, thousands of merchants, vendors, distributors, producers, consumers all converge on the Convention Center for 3 packed days of everything wine. This is the largest wine conference in both North and South America. The entire convention center is packed with every conceivable piece and part…

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Waiting

The 2018 harvest is about to start and Mother Nature has decided she is not going to be easy or timid – she wants to start with a bang! The grapes have been ripening in what most farmers are calling an “average” harvest this year. The number of degree days is slightly behind delaying harvest, but not in our vineyards – everything wants to ripen at the same time. This Friday we are starting off with 4 Tons of Sonoma…

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Dream Dinners Poway CA

Dream Dinners is a unique company founded on a mission of bringing families together around the dinner table. We provide everything you need to assemble great dinners to enjoy as you relax and talk about the events of the day. Visit them HERE

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Elements Cafe & Cafe Merlot Catering

Toni & Rick Kraft formerly of Cafe Merlot at The Bernardo Winery Welcome you to Elements Cafe / Culinary Savants… Come and enjoy breakfast or lunch with our fast and friendly Counter Service at Elements Café / Culinary Savants. Perhaps OUT THE DOOR service and onto our serene patio, surrounded by the backdrop of green grass, tall trees, and potted plants. Corporate Catering is easy, stress-free and delivered to your business meeting or home. Visit them HERE

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AALL In Limo

#1 Rated Limousine Company on Yelp & Trip Advisor Aall In Limo & Party Bus offers limousine and party bus chauffeured services throughout San Diego and Temecula. Our clients love us because we do all the little things right and we go the extra mile for each and every one of them. Visit Them HERE

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Monday – closed (Private Events Only)

Tuesday – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday – 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday – 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday – 12:00 – 6:00 pm

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12225 World Trade Drive, Suite P

San Diego, CA 92128

858.381.CORK(2675)

When you need a break from shopping in Carmel Mountain, just swing on over to visit. We’d love to show you around.

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