Who Knew Bean-Town Could be a Leading Stolpman Market?!

In late 2010 I received one of the coolest emails ever from a guy named Brian Connor – here’s an excerpt – Hi Peter, First of all, let me explain that I had never heard of Stolpman Vineyards prior to my trip to Los Olivos last week and a good friend in L.A. told me I absolutely had to check you guys out. Having tasted Read More →

Let the Ballard Canyon ROAST Begin!

I started throwing little parties out under the Oak tree the year after I graduated Georgetown. I wanted to bring my East Coast friends out for a reunion and share with them the magic of the Vineyard. Everyone was blown away and I realized how much I enjoy showing people the natural beauty of Ballard Canyon. As I’ve gotten older and the vineyard has evolved Read More →

‘Ghetto Fab’ Release Party – A Photo Recap

We set off this year’s Vintners’ Weekend in style – by transforming our entire crushpad at our Lompoc Winery to host our first ever ‘Ghetto Fabulous’  pick up party .  Each of our awesome new 2010’s were on hand, the food, by our very own Brian Evans, was outstanding & as always – Uncle Bo and his band jammed out in the corner.  But – enough talkin’ – enjoy our very first photo Read More →

Sashi Tasting of 2010s: Stolpman Zing Factor

Tasting wine with Sashi almost always imparts a whiplash “wow” factor. Head bent forward spitting, and then UP with a cocked head: “what did you just say?” He has a way of speaking about wine with obscure references that opens new worlds of thought. Depending on the day, Sashi might be in the mood for tangents on cooking, classical music, travel, yeast reproduction, or dry-farming. Read More →

The Battle for Syrah II – Our search for the YUM factor

  Tablas Creek – Herman Story – L’Aventure – Denner – Booker Everyday, customers come into the Los Olivos Tasting Room on their way to or from Paso Robles. With over 180 wineries, over twice that of Santa Barbara County, Paso Robles is definitely more established than Santa Ynez Valley. We decided it was time for the Stolpman Vineyards tasting room team to travel north Read More →

Tre Angeli’s – Too Bad my Dad’s name isn’t Charlie…

My dad is no fool. When the blocks at Stolpman Vineyards began to hit maturity & produce some unprecedentedly great wines, he decided to name a new reserve after his wife, my mother, Marilyn. Her mother, my Grandma Mary, came from the walled Tuscan town of Luca, on the West side of Northern Italy & her last name, Angeli – literally means Angels in Italian. Today, Tom jokes Read More →

Rain at Last!

The past two months, Stolpman’s vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano has been stressed over the lack of rainfall we’ve received thus far in 2012. A dry winter is always nerve racking as the vines are parched from the day they bud through the growing season. With no water for relief, any heat spike in August or September pushes the vines to the brink of death. This Read More →

The Battle For Syrah – Part 1

I half-jokingly had the phrase “the Battle for Syrah” printed on the back of my business cards last year and I’ve been explaining it ever since. Wherever I travel in the county representing Stolpman Vineyards I hear similar reactions to our Syrah. Sommeliers and other professional wine buyers profess their love for Syrah, but frustrated, admit they don’t sell a lot of it.  Several veteran retailers have Read More →