Meet the Winemaker: David Jeffrey of Calluna Vineyards

David is an old-school vigneron. He lives on a vineyard he planted in Chalk Hill, one of the warmer Sonoma appellations, and makes exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and blends from the vines right outside his door. But before his idyllic wine country life, David lived and worked in the fast-paced finance world of New York.
When I learned David’s story—how he turned in his suit and tie for an enology textbook and a sturdy pair of work boots—I immediately knew that I wanted to share it (I’ll admit, I identified with it). Then, when I tried David’s wines, I knew I had to share them with Vinfluence club members. They’re ripe, but restrained for California wines, and reveal layer after layer of flavor. David’s wines are inspired by the blends of Bordeaux and I hope you’ll be inspired by David’s pursuit of his dream to make world class wines as you read my interview with him below.

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Meet the Winemaker: Kieran Robinson

Kieran Robinson Wines is a hidden gem just outside of Healdsburg, Sonoma. It’s literally off the beaten path, but I think that Kieran’s wines are well worth the trek along the winding roads. He makes rich, savory Syrah and surprisingly refreshing Viognier, both remenicient of the Rhone wines that made him fall in love with the varietals. Last summer I visited Kieran for a tasting and a chat. I hope you enjoy this excerpt from my conversation with him!

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5 TIPS FOR WINE TASTING AT HOME

It’s officially cold, at least in the northeast, and that means it’s time to entertain ourselves inside. Sure, there are plenty of Netflix originals to binge (Ozark is a must), but if you’re craving something a bit more interactive here’s an idea: host a wine tasting. It isn’t rocket science, but hosting a well-executed tasting isn’t […]

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A conversation with the winemakers: Matt Nagy & Ben Brenner

Last month I sat down to chat with Matt Nagy and Ben Brenner, owners/winemakers of Benevolent Neglect, a micro-winery making exceptional wines sourced from select vineyards in Napa and Mendocino. As their winery’s to-the-point name implies, Matt and Ben believe in minimal intervention winemaking. They are part of the “New California” wave of vintners pushing boundaries and rebelling against […]

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National Rosé Day! Three ways to drink pink.

With all new food and beverage crazes, eventually comes a national ‘holiday’ and, starting last year, the second Saturday in June became National Rosé Day.

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A conversation with March Cellars owner & winemaker: Ashley Trout

March Cellars is winemaker Ashley Trout’s latest project, born from passion for great wine, great adventure and an eternal stubbornness. Sourcing fruit from both Walla Walla and Columbia Valley, WA, Ashley crafts and balanced wines with minimal intervention.

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Meet the Winemaker: Palmer Emmitt

From interest to hobby to obsession and finally to profession, winemaker Palmer Emmitt left behind a career in film to pursue his passion: wine.

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Meet the Winemaker: Blair Guthrie

Nature, science, creativity, and family. These are the things that Blair Guthrie loves about making wine. With his wife, Caroline, Blair runs Guthrie Family Wines in Sonoma, California, sourcing fruit from select vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to handcraft extremely limited quantities of age-worthy wines.

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Last minute gift ideas (not just wine!)

It’s just days before Christmas, so naturally I am still shopping for gifts. Without fail, and despite the fact that stores have been decorated for months, Christmas seems to sneaks up on me later and later every year. But, thanks to the magic of gift certificates and Amazon Prime, it is almost never too late to […]

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Meet the Winemaker: Ryan Deovlet

Ryan Deovlet learned his craft under the wings of legendary California winemakers David Ramey and Paul Hobbs, and started his own label in 2008 with just 100 cases. Now pushing toward 2,000 cases a year, Ryan makes wines that are elegant and balanced, with fruit sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards on the Central Coast.

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