Blogs

Headaches

ast week we talked about how sulfites probably aren’t causing your headache – so what causes them? The #1 reason people get headaches is due…
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Hang Time

e have pulled out of June gloom and now with the temperatures rising, the fruit on the vines will begin to ripen quicker. But is…
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The Fly

sit by the pond meditating. My body is relaxed, breathing is smooth and easy. I feel the rise and fall of each breath. My spine…
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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 Escondido. The Monastery was established…
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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 years and the same expression…
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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 164 pages of all kinds…
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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 at 12 macro bins heaping…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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. Wine club members will be…
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Hurrying and Waiting

[ct_definition title=”def” ] “Hurrying and delaying are similar ways of trying to resist the present” – Alan Watts [/ct_definition] ow is the big silence, the…
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Community

ast night we hosted the Rancho Bernardo Business Association which drew a large crowd of business owners from the local community. Many of the business…
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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 in our house. Along with…
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Myriad Minds

have been meditating seriously for about 3 months now. Once per day, I find a quiet spot and focus my attention for 20 minutes on…
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Connections

was in the winery a few weeks ago and there were two ladies sitting apart enjoying a glass of wine while distracted on their phones.…
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Free Range Parenting?

ave you heard that Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah signed the “free-range parenting” bill into legislation? This is bill is completely insane! It actually ALLOWS…
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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 ban on the production, importation,…
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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 industry. Before opening the winery,…
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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 merchant organized a blind tasting…
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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”, “soil”, or “place”. This word…
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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 fruits and minerality of the…
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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 called a Ferrari. Over the…
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Custom Label

Custom Labels

id you know that there are over 100,000 private and custom wine labels in the United States? And how many of them have your name,…
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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! On Thursday we had a…
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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 photo sessions. Photoshoots on location…
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