York Mountain Wine

’s history and terroir have earned it a sizeable reputation, even though it is home to just one winery and a half dozen vineyards. One of California’s smallest AVAs, York Mountain nestles among oak trees on the eastern slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains, west of the large Paso Robles AVA. York Mountain gained AVA status in 1983 through the petitioning of Stephen and Max Goldman, who at the time were the owners of the York Mountain Winery. York Mountain represents one of the finest examples of a unique grape growing climate in California. The region, only seven miles from the Pacific Ocean, is significantly cooler and wetter than neighboring Paso Robles. Vineyards in the appellation are situated at an average of 1,500 feet and benefit from low-vigor soil, steep slopes, long sunshine hours and cool coastal breezes. In 2001, Martin & Weinrich became only the third owners of the York Mountain Winery, which dates back to 1882. The new owners have a solid reputation in the local wine community, and are Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Last Saturday we hosted another wine dinner with our neighbors (Rick & Debbie, the ones that introduced us to Duckhorn wines and things of this nature).  We grilled Mahi Mahi for the ladies and New York steaks for the gentlemen.  I had a nice fire going and one of those nature videos (4K resolution) was playing on our 75" LCD TV for some ambienc... Read More

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  • Good on you for giving the box a shot.  There are actually a few good winemakers trying it out.  But we need tasting notes!GregT would probably argue that PN should have lots of Syrah, right up until there's no room left for the PN.  I had a wine from Chamisal/Domaine Aflred years ago called Da Red that was a blend of the two.  It was fine for t... Read More

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  • Jack Creek Cellars Pinot Noir York Mountain Reserve Kruse Vineyard 2010


    Fairly big, fruity Paso (Templeton) pinot. There's a touch of smoke on the nose. On the palate there's dried strawberry, dark chocolate covered cherry, some decent acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium finish. This is a warmer climate wine, not your Burgundian or Oregon pinot. There's more of the darker berry fruit and a bigger body, but i... Read More

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  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

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  • Yesterday I was recovering from Monday night.  You see, Sandra & I attended a wonderful wine tasting event.  For $40 per couple, we joined Nice Legs, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Crystal City, and the Crystal City Wine Shop for a tasting of more than 45 different wines poured by winemakers, winery representatives and importers.  Here are those fol... Read More

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  • Hey everyone, if you're in town April 13th and you've got a hanker to try some excellent Napa Cabernet, vertical style, join me and GM Stephanie DeMasi for a vertical tasting from this family owned, boutique estate. Located in the Spring Mountain District, Juslyn currently only makes two red wines, both limited-production, Cabernet-dominated ... Read More

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  • Shadow Canyon Cellars Paeonia Late Harvest Pinot Blanc 2006


    This is a wonderful wine that had nice maple syrup overtones. It was quite a wonderful experience, but I am sad to say that the winery is no more. Shadow Canyon is no more, so if you are able to get your hands on one of these bottles, take care of it. Read More

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  • Well if I was on either the right or left coasts in the US during the coming month, I know where I'd be at least part of the time. NapaGirl, note the interesting new (for me, anyway) cab franc ACME's introducing. Finally, who knows how the formatting on this is going to appear.... NYC:La Paulee de New YorkLa Paulée Returns to New York February 1... Read More

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  • I'm just about to get on a plane from Aspen, back to New York, and then to London. My favorite moments from here:> Meeting Snooth users, including Gantt> Meeting Gail Simmons from TopChef/Food and Wine and not knowing who she was, hearing her say she loves Snooth and then calling her back for a do-over/re-intro>Taking the gondola to the top of t... Read More

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  • Hospice du Rhone, the brainchild of John Alban, has become Spring's epicenter for all things Rhone.  This global celebration is a warm embrace of all 22 grape varieties that trace their heritage to the lands that surround France’s 505 mile watering hole, 18 years strong, with this year, embarrassingly, being my first.  Well, it took me ten years... Read More

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