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Winemaker Sonoma County

Interview: winemaker Nicole Hitchcock (J Vineyards & Winery)

Nicole Hitchcock has set her sights on wine for over two decades. The Carmel native earned a B.S. degree in Viticulture & Enology from the prestigious program at University of California, Davis. She recently...
Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: winemaker Steve Clifton (Palmina + Brewer-Clifton)

I first met Steve Clifton on September 29 at the Hawaii Food & Wine festival’s “Streets of Asia” event. The accomplished winemaker, based in Santa Barbara County, focuses on two unique expressions of the...
Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: Ampelos Cellars winemaker Peter Work

Ampelos Cellars and Vineyard founders Peter Work and wife Rebecca are former corporate execs from Denmark and Alaska, respectively. They purchased 82 pie-shaped acres in 1999, planted 15,000 vines in 2001 and moved to...
Winemaker Santa Barbara

Interview: Alma Rosa winemaker Richard Sanford

My recent eco-conscious tour of Santa Barbara County included an eye opening Sustainable Vine Wine Tour, led by guide Bryan Hope. Our first stop on the biodiesel van was Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards,...
Winemaker France

Interview: Jean-Charles Boisset (Domaine de la Vougeraie)

Horses plow the soil instead of machines, workers spray tisanes crafted from estate-grown herbs instead of pesticides, and cow horns are buried beneath the vines to catalyze the energy of the moon, sun and...
Wine Santa Barbara

Interview: winemaker Doug Margerum (Margerum Wine Company)

Doug Margerum has made a big impact on the Santa Barbara wine community. Last year, he revived the iconic Wine Cask restaurant and tasting room with Mitchell Sjerven in downtown Santa Barbara. He started...