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Joseph Swan Celebrates 50 Years of Great Winemaking

Many of today’s wine drinkers might not have heard the story of Joseph Swan, but you probably know of a winery named Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Before there was a Burt Williams and Ed Selyem making cult Pinot Noirs in...

2017 Winemaker of the Year Cameron Woodbridge

With 3 wines featured in our Top 100 Wines of 2017, Cameron Woodbridge was a clear choice for our 2017 Winemaker of the Year.

Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that...

Winemaker to Know: Cameron Woodbridge

Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that Cameron Woodbridge was raised with. Growing up around the wine country of southern Ontario in Canada started this journey but it...

The Truth About Terroir

At every wine tasting, especially those comparing "old world" wine to "new world" wines, the inevitable question of terroir arises. Terroir is a French term that literally translated means: earth, or soil.

The Winemaking Genius of Julien Fayard

We have been following Julien Fayard's career for several years now and are consistantly impressed with the wines that he creates.

In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted...

What Are Tannins? And Why Do they Matter in Wine?

Tannins. It's one of those 'wine words' commonly heard in tasting rooms and among wine circles, but many of us are unsure of what is actually means. Tannins are an important characteristic in wine making. They give wines complexity, structure and...

How Many Grapes in Your Glass of WIne?

Here at Wine Spectrum we get to taste hundreds of wines every year. One of the most interesting questions we get asked by our clients is how many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine? Why do some bottles cost a lot, while others cost a...

Is this the Most Sustainable Winery in Napa?

Sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles many wineries and vineyards live...

Meet the Winemaker: Justin Lattanzio

Justin Lattanzio moved to San Francisco from the East Coast in the Fall of 1996, knowing very little about wine. However, with all of the great restaurants and wine shops in the San Francisco Bay area, it was easy for him to find and to taste...

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week "Barnyard?"

B is for…Barnyard?

You will often hear people describe a wine as having barnyard aromas or related terms like "horsey, manure, animal, etc." Wines with this aroma are best described as earthy, with animal scents that remind tasters of well, a...