Tag Archives: Peter Stolpman

The Roller Coaster Ride that We Call Combe

When Rajat Parr convinced us to plant our first one acre block of Trousseau, I had no idea just how madly I would fall in love with the wines. Light, fun and perfect for fresh, flavorful food. And then the orders started flowing in. Upon tasting the newly fermented wines, the Rouge still in concrete and the Pet’Nat yet to be disgorged, Rajat hinted about 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 →

I’d like to formally Welcome Jessica Stolpman to our Winery Family!

Jessica and I met over the conference table during corporate training at the Henry Wine Group. I had loathed the 8 hour all-day meeting with our bosses for weeks, until I walked through the door and laid eyes on the beautiful blonde seated across the room. The day immediately became more interesting. Thanks to a fellow red-headed colleague, we were set up to meet a Read More →

Tough Job – Staff Meetings: First Taste of our 2011 Vintage

Prior to our April 1 Release, the entire tasting room staff sat down with me to taste through the newly bottled wines. Sashi and John usually join us for these mandatory – tough job – staff meetings, but they were both in France on a research trip – yes, even tougher jobs. 2012 Rose: The Grenache (60%) portion of this wine was peachy in color Read More →

2012 Stolpman Rose: Bright & Vibrant!

Finishing up the 2012 harvest, it seems like ages ago that we decided to pick Grenache and Sangiovese for Rose. The vineyard looked great and the yields were healthy. We knew that picking a cluster or two off of each Sangiovese vine would make the 2012 Estate Sangiovese darker and more intense. Our Grenache vines also gave us a lot of clusters, especially in our Read More →

Bandol, Barolo, and a Piemontese white revalation: Vigneti Massa

With our odyssey through the Rhone completed, and with Christen and Francesco’s Portofino wedding still a week away, we made a beeline for the coast to enjoy a long weekend before heading to Italia. Lyle from Kermit Lynch raved about the raw natural beauty of Cassis, and once we figured out it was 10 minutes from Bandol, the decision became a no brainer. On the Read More →

Pilgrimmage to Syrah’s Motherland: Cote Rotie: Domaine Rostaing and Stephane Ogier

A quick five minute drive Up-River from Condrieu and we were welcomed into the town of Ampuis by E. Guigal signs towering above the cliff-like vineyards. The diagonal, pointed stakes and head pruned vines would have been a dead giveaway even without the signs, finally I caught a glimpse of the inspiration behind Ruben’s Block! Two quick right turns later and we walked into Renee Rostaing’s Cellar Read More →

The Battle for Syrah: United or Divided under the Stolpman Flag? + A sneak peak at 2010 L’Avion, Ruben’s Block, and Hilltops…

With a quick chance to breath between trips to Houston and Southern California, I met with Sashi, Erin, and John to taste through all the wines we have bottled so far in 2012. We spend so much time tasting wines out of barrel and tank, it was a great chance to analyze the results of our blending decisions. I’d looked forward to this meeting for Read More →

My Brief Refresher on Greek Shock-Value

I had never met one of our Central Valley sales representatives, Barbara, when she called me out of the blue a few months ago. She invited me to host a wine dinner at Barnwood Restaurant in a town I had never heard of named Ripon, California, pronounced Ripe-On. She told me not to worry about the location, the owner had a great following consisting of Read More →