Blogs

Storing and Serving Wine

Storing Wine: As the weather warms, it is time to think about your wine collection and how best to keep ...
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How to Blend Wine – Part 3

Aging: Last time I talked about how varietals that grow together go together – most time, but to really get ...
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How to Blend Wine – Part 2

Review: Last week we talked about how are we going to take 8 barrels of Cabernet Franc and figure out ...
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How to Blend Wine – Part 1

Blending wine is easy: Gather some barrels of wine, Gather some friends to taste the wine, Blend the barrels you ...
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The Fly

I sit by the pond meditating. My body is relaxed, breathing is smooth and easy. I feel the rise and ...
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A Walk in the Park

Last Sunday morning a group of us met at the winery and caravanned up to Deer Park Monastery north of ...
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Bling and More Bling

About 10 days ago, I was up in Sonoma drinking some fine wine and hanging out with some friends in ...
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Baby Grapes Have Arrived

I spent last weekend hanging out in Sonoma with some friends planning some really cool stuff that you will hear ...
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5 Years Ago, Today…

5 years ago, I stood in the parking lot puffing on what was to be my last cigarette. I was ...
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Sad Times and Sad People

On Monday, Lisa was opening the winery for a yoga class and discovered that the winery had been broken into ...
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Hurry Up and Wait

I have heard the expression “hurry up and wait” over and over while working with the military for over 20 ...
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We Crushed It!

Earlier in the month, the NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) released the 2018 Grape Crush Report which is an impressive ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What’s In the Bottle?

L ast week we talked about barrels, but what about bottles? Starting about 6,000 BCE large earthenware containers called “kvevri” ...
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What’s That Smell?

A s a winemaker, I smell a lot of wine. Some wines are very aromatic and others are more reserved ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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I Decant Wait!

We are so happy to announce that we will be releasing our 2016 Syrah during August’s Wine Club Release Party ...
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Say What?

This year we are contracting for 5 tons of Grenache which is a new varietal for us @KoiZen and I ...
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Hurrying and Waiting

“Hurrying and delaying are similar ways of trying to resist the present” – Alan Watts N ow is the big ...
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Tears of Gettysburg

On July 1, 1863, the Union and Confederate forces met head to head outside of the small town of Gettysburg, ...
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Community

L ast night we hosted the Rancho Bernardo Business Association which drew a large crowd of business owners from the ...
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When Less is More

Our girls have graduated from college and now have their own apartments; however, a lot of their stuff is still ...
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Myriad Minds

I have been meditating seriously for about 3 months now. Once per day, I find a quiet spot and focus ...
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You are NOT You

O ver the last few months I have put on some weight, well maybe more that some. I could blame ...
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Connections

I was in the winery a few weeks ago and there were two ladies sitting apart enjoying a glass of ...
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Free Range Parenting?

H ave you heard that Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah signed the “free-range parenting” bill into legislation? This is bill ...
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Does Wine Make You Smarter?

I have met many wine snobs who think they know everything there is to know about anything but is this ...
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Walking in Your Shoes

T hey say if you want to gain empathy with someone, you need to walk in their shoes. This allows ...
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Time to Make the Donuts

L ast night Lisa and I got up at 5:00 am and watched the Super Blue Blood Moon which was ...
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Happy Buddha Belly

Budai: You can find the Happy Buddha – Budai everywhere in China and it is said to bring good luck ...
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The Cost of Wine

The Cost of Wine

Blame your great-great-great-grandparents for the cost of wine! Between the years of 1920 to 1033, there was a nationwide constitutional ...
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Wine Ratings – The Good, Bad and Ugly

What are Wine Ratings? If you have been following this series for the last few weeks, we have talked about ...
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Is it a Hangover or an Intolerance?

My Head Hurts: Is your aching head caused by a hangover or intolerance to wine? When the body consumes too ...
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Wine Savoring

Wine Tasting – Savoring

So far we have Seen, Swirled, Smelled, Sipped and now we get to Savoring the wine. So if you haven’t ...
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Tannin got your tongue?

Victim of a tannin? Tannic Acid So you sip that expensive Napa Cab packed with tannin and all of a ...
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Wine Sipping

Just Sip Back and Relax – The Art of Wine Sipping

Many people grab a glass of wine and just chuck it back while in mid-sentence while being highly distracted; instead ...
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Funk in your Wine? How Come?

Bacteria can cause wine to have a Funk Is there a Funk or a Skunk in my wine? Hopefully many ...
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Wine Tasting – Smelling

I hope you all had a chance to take a moment to LOOK at your wine over the last week; ...
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Wine Tasting: Look Before You Sip

Photo Credit: Wine Folly If you are wine tasting, or just having a glass, before you take that next sip ...
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Our Mourvedre & Bottle Shock

Last weekend we had a small bottling run and bottled about 105 cases of Mourvedre which is a typical run ...
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Its Willamette Dammit

Last week Lisa and I took an afternoon and investigated the northern half of the Willamette Valley in Oregon just ...
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Koi Zen Cellars 1st Anniversary

Koi Zen Cellars 1st Anniversary

On April 24th, 2016 Koi Zen Cellars celebrated our 1 year anniversary. We planned 5 days of events and right ...
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Put a Cork in IT

Cork Production, Sustainability and Carbon Footprint: This week we will be exploring natural corks and their use in the wine ...
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Phylloxera Diagram

Are Old World Wines the same as New World Wines?

Last week I wrote about how wine generally can be classified as either Old World, or New World. Well here ...
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Judgement of Paris

Judgement of Paris

Old meets new at the Judgement of Paris 40 years ago. On May 24, 1976, Steven Spurrier,  a British wine ...
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Leaf Break Paso Robles

Paso Robles and Terroir

Lisa and I just spent two wonderful days in Paso Robles exploring wine country and attending the WiVi (Wine & ...
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Grapes and Global Warming

Grapes and Global Warming

Is Global Warming causing early Bud Break? A lot of people ask me how the drought and global warming is ...
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Highlights of Events and Parties

Highlights of some Koi Zen Cellars Parties

During our Parties, we have been having a lot of fun over @KoiZenCellars; here is a video of some highlights ...
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Terroir – Or Not

Terroir is a French word with no literal translation in English and the closes we can come to is “earth”, ...
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Tasting Minerality in Rocks

Minerality in Wine

If you haven’t tried our 2014 Pinot Gris from Monterey then you haven’t had to opportunity to taste the fresh ...
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2016 Ferrari

Check out our new Ferrari convertible! Our Ferrari is a manual corking machine made in Italy and yes it is ...
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Local Artist – Ramon Britton

LOCAL ARTIST GALLERY SHOWING SAVE THE DATE: Friday February 5, 2016 We are so exited to host Ramon Britton as ...
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The Winery and Winemaking

This year, the grape harvest has been a roller coaster for the growers and winemakers; we are just about finished ...
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Custom Label

Custom Labels

Did you know that there are over 100,000 private and custom wine labels in the United States? And how many ...
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Meet Up Group

Meetings, Meet-ups and Networking

We have been having so much fun hosting meetings and meet-ups at the winery. There are so many interesting people, ...
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Book your Wine Blending Party

Wine Blending Party Creation They say that winemaking is part science and part art and the artistry shows while blending ...
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Opening an Urban Winery

We have been so blessed by all of the great people who have come into our urban winery and shared ...
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Our Grand Opening

Thank You!!!! We cannot extend enough gratitude to everyone who attended our grand opening week, or helped us get ready! ...
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Pre Grand Opening

Hi All: Photography Update: Even though the studio has been completely transformed into an Urban Winery, we are still shooting ...
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Construction

Winery Construction – The Transformation of a Photography Studio

Update – Winery Construction Efforts: This is an update on the winery construction project that we have started. We hope ...
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Wine Pairing for Valentines

Today we are all about Valentines, celebrate with a cool wine pairing technique. Wine and Chocolate…It’s all About Sugar Baby! ...
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TTB Application Under Review

Hi All, Breaking News: We have just been informed that our TTB federal application is under initial review!!! Let’s hope ...
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Paperwork Reduction Act?

Hi All, This month was all about getting our CA ABC winery license and our TTB license. There are so ...
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Monday was De-Pressing

We can’t wait to tell you about the status of our first vintage! Freshly pressed grape skins Monday, October 20, ...
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We are having a Grape Day!!! How about you?

Hi All, Syrah Grapes We just wanted to let you know about some happenings at the Miller residence.  Some of ...
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Hours

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)

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