Say What? White Varietals – Pressed, Bottled & Chilled in our Coolers!

After 22 years of operation, our white wine program still remains in a state of rapid evolution. Despite L’Avion reaching Iconic status with rave critical reviews, 2008 marked the very first vintage we were able to make the wine a pure Roussanne. Just recently, we surprised our fan base with a 100% Viognier, but couldn’t promise to ever make it again. The 2010 vintage will Read More →

Check out what’s New @ the Vineyard!

The springtime provides a great opportunity to check out all of our viticultural experimentation as the bushy canopy has yet to block out all the new detailed changes La Cuadrilla has been busy implementing. Kari and I spent an afternoon hiking the hills of the vineyard, but this photo-blog shows off Ruben’s brain, not just the vineyard’s beauty!  A huge factor in why Stolpman’s wines Read More →

Feast in the Field 2012 – A Photo Blog

We came up with the great idea of bringing Stolpman’s Polyculture to our customers last year.  Not only are we lucky enough to live in the Santa Ynez Valley with fresh, local, organic groceries constantly available, but when we go out to dine we enjoy the same “farm to table” local specialties at restaurants like Full of Life Flatbread.   We met with Ruben and figured Read More →

Proof of Santa Barbara County’s Deep Wine Roots – from the Islands!

Ever since I started my quest to bring Stolpman wines to the world, I fly out of Santa Barbara Airport almost weekly. I make sure to sit in right-side window seats as we bank out over the ocean and wind south towards Los Angeles en route to LAX, Denver or Phoenix. I forget the long, cramped day in front of me as I gaze out Read More →

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 →