Now out: the second issue of “Loam Baby: A Wine Culture Journal,” a wine zine that focuses on the Santa Cruz Mountains for this issue.
The author is a mystery, going by the nom de plume R.H. Drexel. Loam Baby is a very personal read, something different from the usual run of wine mags. You won’t find points or articles on trends. You will find profiles and visits of two great Santa Cruz Mountain vintners, Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards and Jeffrey Patterson of Mount Eden, plus a quirky itinerary for visitors to Santa Cruz and environs, and a wonderfully silly “Horoscope Elevage” with each sign matched to a grape.
Our author also pays a visit to Bob Varner of Varner Wine in Portola Valley, and to Richard Alfaro of Alfaro Family Vineyards and drops in on Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards to taste his Grenache.
I just wish he’d had the time and space to create a playlist for this itinerary the way he did for his inaugural Central Coast issue.