August West

4152252891 81 Dorman Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Situated in the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is Gary Franscioni's Rosella's Vineyard. With perfect southeast exposure, the 50 acres of vineyard were planted over the course of seven years (1996-2003). Gary incorporated seven clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay, and two clones of Syrah, all on two different rootstocks, to create one of the most complex vineyards in California. Other than the fact that Gary is one of the world's premier wine grape growers, the flavors emanating from Rosella's Vineyard can be traced to two other important factors: soil and climate. The deep Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil that lies beneath the vineyard provides a hospitable home for the vines at Rosella's. Gary farms the vineyard on a vine by vine basis, making sure that each vine's root system is well-established before allowing a crop to hang. These same soils could easily ripen a crop three times the size of Rosella's typical two to three tons per acre, however Gary chooses to keep the tonnage Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

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  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors

  • Back in July, I proposed a West Coast Pinot Noir throwdown on the Snooth forums.  In what was a pot-luck twist on one of Gregory dal Piaz’s “Drink My Wine” events, I suggested that any Snooth forum posters could congregate in my neck of the woods—Oakland, California—and bring a bottle of their favorite Pinot Noir from whatever region they think ... Read More

    From the article Snooth's West Coast Pinot Throwdown 2013

  • As we pass into these last weeks of August we find ourselves facing the start of harvest throughout the northern hemisphere. While we tend to think of September and October as the months of harvest, in many regions early varieties, particular whites and grapes destined for sparkling wine production, typically start coming in during the coming tw... Read More

    From the article Vintage Watch VII

  • Okay, things are rolling here.  I've put October 26 in Oakland on the calendar.  I'll start putting together the spreadsheets.  I'll hit up GdP and a couple winemakers that might be able to drop by and shill some wine, if that's acceptable. My expectation is that we either do it at my place, in which case we'll do duck tacos and eat standing up,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throw Down for West...

  • I know there have been conversations here on the Forum about wines made in the U.S. state of Texas.  I participated in one of them.  Generally, it has been difficult to find anybody from outside the state who is really excited about Texas wines.  Personally, my very limited experience has not been great.However, today I stumbled onto this articl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Anyone for a Texas Gran Reserva?

  • My wife and I will be visiting San Francisco in April for a weeks vacation. We're staying at the Executive Hotel Vintage Court who's theme is wine. They have  nightly wine tastings and wine gatherings. Also scheduled in the trip is a days excursion to the Napa Valley via bus stopping at 5 different vineyards. I have always loved Napa Valley Cabe... Read More

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  • It’s Saturday afternoon and I am still buzzing about the wine tasting I attended on Thursday night. Wadebridge wines put on a fantastic evening at the Royal Cornwall Showground. The venue was heaving with people guzzling their way through the over 100 wines on show looking for the perfect bottles to order in time for Christmas.The event was very... Read More

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  • A well-known secret lies in the heart of Southern California’s wine region: Temecula Valley Wine Country. About 85 miles south of Los Angeles and about 60 miles north of San Diego near the Interstate 15 and 215 corridors, sits Temecula. Meaning “where the sun shines through the mist,” Temecula has over 40 wineries and award-winning premium wines... Read More

    From the article Temecula Valley Wine Country

  • Hi all,This generous group was so helpful during a previous post of mine about recommendations for my four-day trip to Sonoma this August that I'm taking advantage of that generosity again.I have a week off work this November 11-18, 2012, and am having so much fun planning the Sonoma trip that I'm tempted to do another wine-oriented trip.  On to... Read More

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