Tag Archives: L’avion

Because of Wine, I Walk the Line


With harvest finished, Grenache barreled, and the first rainfall since March penetrating into our Limestone; November gives us a chance to take stock of our recent journeys and give thanks for the amazing opportunities we have. R E C E N T  J O U R N I E S The past three vintages enabled phenomenal wine quality and Sashi pushed the envelope in ways Read More →

Roussanne Opulence in 2014


R E D  R E C A P No doubt the 2014 red vintage will go down as a supple, voluptuous one. Sashi and the team started picking Syrah early to retain acid and ensure alcohols didn’t get out of control. By the time we finished Syrah, the fruit tasted very ripe, and the cuvees now finished with primary fermentation smack of rich fruit. Cuadrilla Read More →

Best of Tasting – August 3rd


On August 3rd we will pour 16 of our very best wines for customers seated around the large wood table in our Lompoc Winery. We selected the wines from 12 vintages to show off how Stolpman wines taste at the height of maturity, concluding with the best of the stunning 2012 vintage. There are still a few seats available at the 11am seating more info. Read More →

Roussanne: Standing Defiant


While Ruben and La Cuadrilla worked carefully to keep all of our other varietals shaded from 2014’s intense sunshine, we took the opposite approach with Roussanne. The green clusters rest against the fruit wire in a straight horizontal row all the way down the L’Avion block. The crew cut off and dropped any cluster not perfectly in line while also carefully pulling leaves away from Read More →



It is with great pride that I introduce the first Stolpman wines to be labeled “Ballard Canyon” AVA. My father Tom began dreaming about and advocating for a Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area over 20 years ago; by 2010 others saw the same light and our neighbors joined forces to begin the process of petitioning the Federal Government to officially recognize the uniqueness of our Read More →

L’Avion Roussanne: A Test of Patience in the Winery

Over Sashi Moorman’s 12 years of making Roussanne, he has experimented with countless techniques to make L’Avion as delicious as possible. Sashi influences Ruben’s work in the vineyard, coaxing the Roussanne to even ripening (BLOG LINK). Once picked, Sashi owns all responsibility for the end wine and must figure out how to accentuate every ounce of terroir. As Ruben says, “We give Sashi the best Read More →

The Indifference of Roussanne


We still can’t quite believe how early our red wine harvest came this year. We finished picking on Wednesday morning, October 16. We are now barreling down those last Grenache lots. Harvest came so fast in fact, that Ruben and La Cuadrilla had to frantically pick Sangiovese because the Grenache was already ripe and ready to be harvested on the heels of the Sangio. In Read More →

A Perfect Vintage finished before the Rain‏


Mother Nature seemed to send us a signal on Wednesday, October 8th. For over a week meteorologists forecasted rain, giving us just enough time to pick all of our red grapes off of the vine. We took it right up to the wire, finishing just before dawn on Wednesday morning. Sunrise revealed high, dark clouds, and the morning brought with it blustery winds off of 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 →

We’re shifting the wavelengths of maximum absorbance, man. Can you dig it? A quick look at blending red & white.


From Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, to Paula Abdul & MC Skat Kat, even the king of pop himself taught us to ‘believe in miracles, it don’t matter if you’re black or white’. The blending of these creative powerhouse singer/songwriters to write together, to inspire tolerance, balance & stability – taught us that opposites really do attract. These are all lessons that the folks over Read More →