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The New California Wine

07.01.2014 in Uncategorized

I recently picked up the book, The New California Wine  by Jon Bonné.

Bonné highlights the current trend of California wineries trying to out-do one other with overly strong, overly ripe wines.  What’s lost in the process is the elegance and nuance of our unique terroir.  What happened to truthfulness in winemaking?  What happened to drinkability?  What does California really taste like when restraint is used in the winemaking process?   Bonné attempts to answer these questions and more in his book.  He also discusses the sustainability and biodinamic processes catching on in California. Thankfully, a number of smaller wineries are going back to old world methods, but adjusting these methods to truly showcase what California can offer, and we are proud to be a part of  this movement!

If you are interested in how California wines came to be what they are, and where they are going in the future, check out Bonné’s book.  It is a very interesting read!

Purchase the book here.



Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 3.54.22 PMThe grapes harvested for Prizm were only picked from the side of the vine away from the sun.  This results in a more delicate flavor, and is more akin to a European vine which receives less direct sunlight.  Read Jon Bonné’s book and you’ll find out why this is a good thing!

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Prizm is almost here!

27.11.2013 in Uncategorized

Well I certainly can’t believe it’s been over a year since I watched and filmed the very first harvest of Prizm. It’s been an exciting journey and I’ve learned so much from Kathy & Philippe. My only problem is I can’t wait to see how the wine will taste one year from now, and ten years from now! Alas, how much more fun will wine be after they’ve invented time machines and we can compare how a wine has aged while each taste is still fresh in our memory. Or is waiting half the fun? Hmmmm… nope!!

We should be able to start shipping out the wine to our pre-ordered customers next week. It’s only been in the bottle three months. Honestly, it’d be best to wait at least three more months, or even nine more months to really get a full expression of the wine. But who am I to tell you what to do? Maybe get a few bottles so you can open one soon, and open one later.

The 2013 Prizm Cabernet is well on its way and is tasting quite fantastic already! The development of flavors coming from the vineyards with our third year of Biodynamic farming is really incredible!

Even though the wine is now in the bottle and our video series documenting its progress has come to a close, I want the fun to continue on this blog. I’ll keep you updated here of any news or press regarding Prizm, and also hope to encourage discussion on the blog about not only Prizm but natural winemaking processes in general.


MV5BMTc1NTM3NzY0OV5BMl5BanBnXkFyZXN1bWU@._V1_SX640_SY720_Our narrator for the “From Vine to Glass” series was actor Bill Jones, who among other things portrays news anchor Rod Remington on the hit TV series “Glee.” Thanks Bill for all of your fantastic work and for that amazing bass voice of yours!

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