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 →