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December 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, the vineyard is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine.
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FOOD
December 7, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The renowned Sashi Moorman makes the wines for Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara County's new Ballard Canyon appellation. Though Stolpman's Syrahs tend to get most of the attention, I'm more impressed with the Roussanne called L'Avion. The vineyard, farmed organically, the vineyard is actually planted on what was once the landing strip for planes in the '30s and '40s. Fermented in big French oak casks and aged on its lees for over a year, the 2010 L'Avion is rich and complex with scents of honey and jasmine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of friends gathered in Roman Weiser's Newhall garage one September day in 2005. They had with them crushed grapes from Paso Robles, compressed in an oak barrel. They added yeast. And then they waited, periodically monitoring the barrel's contents, straining it of pulp and sediment. A year later, the friends - most of them amateur vintners - had produced a barrel of wine. "Our hopes were not really to create outstanding wine," said Weiser, 51, a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
After back-to-back lean years in 2010 and 2011, the California grape harvest rebounded in 2012 to a record high of more than 4 million tons (that's up from 3.8 million in 2011 and 3.9 million in 2012). Over at the San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop SF , wine editor Jon Bonné has an astute analysis of what that means for California wine. He writes, “Aside from a flush feeling in the vineyard, what did 2012 bring? In many ways, more of the same: another record delivery of Chardonnay (up more than 30%)
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
After back-to-back lean years in 2010 and 2011, the California grape harvest rebounded in 2012 to a record high of more than 4 million tons (that's up from 3.8 million in 2011 and 3.9 million in 2012). Over at the San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop SF , wine editor Jon Bonné has an astute analysis of what that means for California wine. He writes, “Aside from a flush feeling in the vineyard, what did 2012 bring? In many ways, more of the same: another record delivery of Chardonnay (up more than 30%)
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Château de Beaucastel produces a stupendous Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, and its Paso Robles property, Tablas Creek Vineyard, turns out a white in a similar spirit called "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. " It's no mistake that so many Central Coast winemakers have gravitated toward Rhone varietals. This blend of primarily Roussanne with Grenache Blanc and a little of the livelier Picpoul Blanc is a great tribute to the Rhone with its scent of white peaches and honey, bracing minerality and lush texture.
OPINION
May 11, 2008
Re "California wine? Down the drain," Opinion, May 5 Alice Feiring claims that "today's California wines are overblown, over-alcoholed, over-oaked, overpriced and over-manipulated," and she lays the blame on wineries' desire to please the critics. Perhaps Feiring doesn't know that there are almost 3,000 wineries in California today, according to the Wine Business Monthly. In addition, there are about 100 different American viticultural areas in California representing distinct grape-growing areas.
FOOD
October 13, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila
Viognier is the one white Rhone varietal that has had a big success in California. But here's a terrific Rhone-style white that's 100% Roussanne, the grape that gives Hermitage blanc its haunting aroma. From grapes grown on the steep slopes of Paso Robles' James Berry vineyard, the 2003 Copain Roussanne has a scent of honeysuckle and white peaches. It's beautifully balanced, with a lush texture and a taste of almonds and green olives, with a drop of lemon at the end.
FOOD
February 11, 1998 | Wine of the Week S. IRENE VIRBILA..PH: Drink
A polished blend of Viognier and Roussanne grapes from the Rhone's respected enologist Jean-Luc Colombo, best known for his luscious Cornas. At first impression, this softly perfumed, pale gold wine tastes of ripe pears; later, there's a touch of grapefruit. Served slightly chilled, it's as thirst-quenching as cool spring water. It would be a terrific match with grilled whole fish or fried sand dabs--or any other fried seafood.
FOOD
February 22, 1996 | MICHAEL DRESSER, Dresser is wine columnist for the Baltimore Sun
Don't worry. You are not an ignoramus if you have never heard of Marsanne Roussanne and Viognier There are even some winemakers who have never heard of these white-grape varieties from France's Rhone Valley. It would be a surprise if even 1% of American wine drinkers had ever tasted the wines made from these grapes. Nevertheless, if you visit any serious wine shop these days, you are likely to find one, two or even half a dozen California wines made from these grape varieties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of friends gathered in Roman Weiser's Newhall garage one September day in 2005. They had with them crushed grapes from Paso Robles, compressed in an oak barrel. They added yeast. And then they waited, periodically monitoring the barrel's contents, straining it of pulp and sediment. A year later, the friends - most of them amateur vintners - had produced a barrel of wine. "Our hopes were not really to create outstanding wine," said Weiser, 51, a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Château de Beaucastel produces a stupendous Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, and its Paso Robles property, Tablas Creek Vineyard, turns out a white in a similar spirit called "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. " It's no mistake that so many Central Coast winemakers have gravitated toward Rhone varietals. This blend of primarily Roussanne with Grenache Blanc and a little of the livelier Picpoul Blanc is a great tribute to the Rhone with its scent of white peaches and honey, bracing minerality and lush texture.
OPINION
May 11, 2008
Re "California wine? Down the drain," Opinion, May 5 Alice Feiring claims that "today's California wines are overblown, over-alcoholed, over-oaked, overpriced and over-manipulated," and she lays the blame on wineries' desire to please the critics. Perhaps Feiring doesn't know that there are almost 3,000 wineries in California today, according to the Wine Business Monthly. In addition, there are about 100 different American viticultural areas in California representing distinct grape-growing areas.
FOOD
October 13, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila
Viognier is the one white Rhone varietal that has had a big success in California. But here's a terrific Rhone-style white that's 100% Roussanne, the grape that gives Hermitage blanc its haunting aroma. From grapes grown on the steep slopes of Paso Robles' James Berry vineyard, the 2003 Copain Roussanne has a scent of honeysuckle and white peaches. It's beautifully balanced, with a lush texture and a taste of almonds and green olives, with a drop of lemon at the end.
FOOD
February 11, 1998 | Wine of the Week S. IRENE VIRBILA..PH: Drink
A polished blend of Viognier and Roussanne grapes from the Rhone's respected enologist Jean-Luc Colombo, best known for his luscious Cornas. At first impression, this softly perfumed, pale gold wine tastes of ripe pears; later, there's a touch of grapefruit. Served slightly chilled, it's as thirst-quenching as cool spring water. It would be a terrific match with grilled whole fish or fried sand dabs--or any other fried seafood.
FOOD
February 22, 1996 | MICHAEL DRESSER, Dresser is wine columnist for the Baltimore Sun
Don't worry. You are not an ignoramus if you have never heard of Marsanne Roussanne and Viognier There are even some winemakers who have never heard of these white-grape varieties from France's Rhone Valley. It would be a surprise if even 1% of American wine drinkers had ever tasted the wines made from these grapes. Nevertheless, if you visit any serious wine shop these days, you are likely to find one, two or even half a dozen California wines made from these grape varieties.
FOOD
July 26, 2000
Mark Chesebro, Bernardus Vineyards & Winery "I had a white wine from Tablas Creek Vineyards, the '98 Blanc. It's a blend of Rhone varietals: Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier. I would really love to see more California wines go in its direction . . . I liked its emphasis of subtlety over power. It was complex but very subtle. It's good for summertime drinking."
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