Tag Archives: Rajat Parr

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 →

This is why they call it Bastardo…

The Trousseau vines, or as the Portuguese call them, Bastardo; grew vigorously in only the second year after grafting. Rajat Parr assured us this was the nature of the varietal, as it produces less concentrated, light-colored red wines and roses. Weeks ago, we picked the first two tons to make Pet-Nat (Petillant Naturel), a naturally sparkling wine that will partially ferment in tank and then finish 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 →

Concrete Waffles – Not Eggs: Focus on Authentic, Natural wines

The wine world has gone crazy for Concrete!  It seems modern winemaking has finally cycled through a complete rotation, and it only took forty years! Wineries went from rooms crammed with shining stainless steel tanks and stacks of pristine new barrels to building the same Concrete tanks that were used in Europe for a millennia. To take advantage of the wonders of modern winemaking, every Read More →

What the hell fairyland did we just fly over and land in? – Un Nouveau Chapitre – Burgundy

Early July 7th Jessica and I hopped to LA on the Skywest puddle-jumper and on to Houston, to catch our long Flight to Paris. Pounding the Pavement in the name of Stolpman Vineyards paid off once again, and we were able to upgrade ourselves to first class on hard-earned miles. On our layover in Houston, I texted back and forth with Rajat Parr while enjoying Read More →

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 →