In 1975, a passion for Burgundy-style Pinot Noir led Josh Jensen to take the leap and buy a secluded property (an old limekiln) in the Gavilan Mountains, east of the town of Salinas. He believed that limestone-laden soils were essential to great Burgundy, where the greatest domains have grown grapes in limestone soils for centuries.  […]

Santa Barbara Winery

In 1962, Canadian-born architect Pierre Lafond founded the first post-prohibition commercial winery in Santa Barbara County. Two years later, he established a winery on Anacapa Street, just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The 70 acres of estate vineyards are planted along the banks of the lower Santa Ynez River, a cool microclimate near the Pacific […]

Ridge Vineyards

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards, and built a winery from native limestone. The first vintage was produced in 1892. This […]

Mount Eden & Domaine Eden

Mount Eden holds a unique place in California wine lore: one of the country’s most esteemed wineries, yet located in one of the state’s most criminally overlooked wine regions. Developed in 1945 by the legendary vintner Martin Ray on a rugged mountaintop in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today, the site consists of 40 acres of […]

Lafond Winery

Many will be familiar with the style of Lafond wines: they share a winemaker, in addition to vineyards and barrels, with Santa Barbara Winery. Indeed, the Santa Barbara and Lafond whites are produced in the Santa Barbara Winery, while the reds for both properties are produced at Lafond Winery just outside of Buelton (Anyone seen […]

Ancient Peaks

Ancient Peaks is a family-owned winery specializing in wines from the sustainably-farmed estate Margarita Vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA on California’s Central Coast. Occasional small lots come from Wittstrom Vineyard and San Juan Vineyard, both of which are owned by the proprietors of Ancient Peaks Winery. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard […]