Tag Archives: Chardonnay

Introducing Western Gate

John Faulkner might have the best job a 31 year old winemaker could dream of. He works under Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr to craft not only Stolpman wines, but also burgundy projects Sandhi,  Domaine de la Cote, and Pence Ranch even fitting in time to play with the small experimental lots of the PiedraSassi project. Just as Tom Stolpman encouraged Sashi to branch out Read More →

Ballard Canyon Chardonnay: The AVA’s Poster Child of Diversity

C H A R D O N N A Y Looking up and down the California Coast, the best Chardonnay vineyards are planted in cool climates, usually right up against the Pacific. Most assume Ballard Canyon lies too far inland for great Chardonnay, but all bets are off when it comes to the East-West Santa Ynez Valley maritime chute. When Wes Hagen wrote Ballard Canyon’s Read More →

Flipped: Cote Rotie and Ballard Canyon Harvest

A RARE HARVEST-TIME VISIT FROM STEPHANE OGIER When Stephane Ogier, the famed Cote Rotie winemaker of Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier, told us he was coming to visit on September 5, Rajat Parr and I carved out time to show him Ballard Canyon. Sashi even committed to cooking dinner in the middle of Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote Pinot Noir and Chardonnay harvest. I privately wondered Read More →

Different Shades of White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc v Golden Point

Stolpman Vineyards’ two entry level white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Golden Point, exist in two different universes. Sauvignon Blanc appears straight forward: Clearly the most mainstream varietal produced at Stolpman Vineyards, the wine is pressed and aged only in stainless steel. Sashi inhibits secondary fermentation to create a crisp, pure profile and the wine is filtered, because God Forbid, an unsuspecting punter sees clouds in Read More →

Cheap Wine VS Expensive Wine.

Caught up in our world of drinking really, really good wine all the time, it’s tough to stay connected to the typical wine consumer. Surrounded by tasty, organically farmed wine, both from Stolpman and our neighbors, and living with the constant temptation to try “cool” wines that pique our interest, or benchmark wines that serve as reference points in our pursuit of improving our palates Read More →