Domenico Winery

(650) 593-2335 1697 Industrial Rd
San Carlos, CA 94070-4112
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Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passing down from one generation to another the love of handcrafting wine. Dominick’s passion for winemaking took him from amateur competitions, while he lived on the East Coast, to commercial status after moving to Northern California. Moving to California has enabled Dominick to choose his grapes hands-on from selected vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Central Coast, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Amador County and the Lodi District. Not to mention he is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. As of spring 2006, the wines of Domenico Read more »

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  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

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

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • 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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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Hi, EMark. Thanks for your welcome.Actually, we do drink what we like and ... ... ... and Cab -- and Domenico Winery (San Carlos) -- Primitivo and Aglianico. We'll keep you posted about other tastings and purchases.Joe&nbs Read More

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  • Greetings, fellow wine lovers!My girlfriend and I love our wine-tasting weekends and have enjoyed discovering new wine-pleasures throughout the Santa Clara Valley and central California. We hope to visit many of the AVAs of California as we are centrally located. We also enjoy Italian, Spanish and Argentine reds.We hope to educate ourselves and ... Read More

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  • I'm picking up here where I last left off, halfway through reporting on mostly the 2009 vintage in Barolo. As you can see here, and in my previous report on these wines, the vintage is a bit irregular to say the least with some powerful, structured wines being produced as well as many wines that show elevated alcohols or aggressive tannins. As I... Read More

    From the article Visits in Piedmont Part 2

  • Having just returned from visiting three dozen wineries in Piedmont I sit ready to start processing all that I’ve learned but to be honest I have come away from my annual visits distinctly confused. Perhaps it’s the vintage I’ve just tasted, 2009 in Barolo, a wildly inconsistent and unusual vintage to say the least. Then again perhaps it’s the p... Read More

    From the article Barolo Vintage 2009

  • Domenico Armani Pinot Nero 2008


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  • Domenico Wines Meritage Napa 2005


    Green notes. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888

  • Domenico Wines Syrah Russian River Valley Rouge 2005


    Layers of both tart and overripe fruit (plums and cherries), mossy bark, and boozy aftertones. This is a wine to savor by tiny sips over several hours. You'll miss it before you've finished it. Read More

    Wine review by codysisco

  • Hey everyone, this is an event I did in August but thought I'd post this on the Snooth site for anyone interested,I was approached to create a traditional Piedmontese meal with wine pairings for a visiting family from Switzerland. A family that is very well traveled and in the wine business, so you can imagine the stress. I was given almost 10... Read More

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