Winery: Bargetto Winery Location: Santa Cruz Mountains Established: 1933 Owners: The Bargetto Family Annual Case Production: 40,000 IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY A bevy of Bargettos operates the winery, and “living and working together as a family can be a challenge,” Marty admits. “It’s good we all love wine and really enjoy making a great Read More


Syrah vs. Sirah at Christopher Creek Name: Christopher Creek Location: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Owners: John and Susan Mitchell Winemaker: Paul Brasset Established: 1988 Annual Production: 2,500 cases UP A CREEK…NOW ON A CRUISE When John and Susan purchased Sotoyome Winery just south of Healdsburg in 1988, they seemed to some literally “up a Read More


Name: Mission View Estate Vineyard and Winery Location: Paso Robles, California County Established: 1981 Annual Production: 3,800 cases SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY Small winery. Big selection. That’s the hallmark of Mission View Winery, where Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat, Classic Cuvee, Muscat Canelli, and White Zinfandel are produced on a small Read More


SOUTH COAST SUCCESS AT THORNTON Name: Thornton Winery Location: South Coast, Temecula Valley Appellation Established: 1981 Owners: John and Sally Thornton General Manager: Craig W. Logan Annual Production: 25,000 cases sparkling wines, 15, 000 cases still wine WINEGROWING IN SOUTHERN CAL? Mendocino, Napa…Temecula? How can you have a Southern California appellation? The question really grates Read More


Santa Barbara is one of California’s most beautiful viticultural regions and its wine among the state’s best-kept secrets.” –Wine critic Robert Parker Name: Santa Ynez Winery Location: Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County Established: 1976 Owners: Doug and Candy Scott, Bill Foley General Manager: Stephan Bedford