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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2007

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    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s ... Interestingly (but maybe not surprisingly) there is a vibrant production of AOC Cremant de Bourgogne just south of the border with ‘official’ Champagne in the area north of Chatillon sur Seine.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands ... is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: http://wine.appellationamerica.com/maps/Monterey_County.jpg SLH... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • At what point does reverse osmosis become economically viable--or perhaps from ... ... in the back hills of Big Sur around the area of those top photographs might be interesting. As a point of perspective, when Dick Graff started growing Burgundy varietals up on that hill in the Pinnacles everybody thought he was crazy because it was so remote... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • The Coastal Commission has had large chunks of power since the '80s when ... with it as their bloodpressure rose too high, and I thus saw them as an old guard not able to engage effectively with an evolving world. Would be interesting to look at successful development examples of varying sorts since then.Turning it into a national park certain... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • DVogler,It's prolly cheap since it would be difficult to build on it.  ... ... CA (just south of Big Sur), land is relatively cheap because you are not allowed to build without water, and the wait for water meter on a newly purchased piece of land was 20-30 years last I checked!  Which means there are a lot of vacant lots sitting there.....I k... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Dmcker,I think it is very difficult to develop any "private" land in Big sur due to the land trust and Ca Coastal commission.  While these agencies are providing protection from large developments and other entities that might harm the coastline, many believe they have gone waaayyy overboard.  As far as grapes go, you would have to pull out the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • NG, was hoping to see you (and Fox) here in this discussion! Coastal ... ... level than up towards Big Sur where pop pressure is less and water availability generally greater. Plus 'water meter' is merely a symbolic name masking other intents in traditional Santa Barbara politics. One interesting exercise is to look at the population growth in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • The photos are all from three separate plots of private land that I looked ... ... On the individuals front Big Sur has historically had Sonoma beat hands down. The environs certainly look able to support some very interesting vines under far superior circumstances to, say, Paso Robles. So, why not?There is this event, of course, but the wine ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase ... hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


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