Reviews & Recognition


Five White Lies About Chardonnay

By Ray Isle, Food & Wine, March 2015
FW March 2015

No wine has ever been so unfairly maligned as Chardonnay. F&W's Ray Isle debunks the myths and extols the magnificence of great bottlings at every price and in every style. Read More

Robb Report "Big Easy"

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, December 2014
Robb Report Dec 2014

When Jayson Pahlmeyer left his career as a contract attorney to become a California vintner, his goal was to produce a world-class red wine in the tradition of the great Bordeaux. He successfully smuggled illegal French clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec into the United States. This minor crime brought major success: Pahlmeyer wines attract both high scores and collectors. But because the flagship wine is most often set in cellars for aging, Pahlmeyer… Read More

Four wines worthy of the season

By Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, November 12, 2014
Houston Chronicle

Autumn demands some heft, and these offerings deliver. Read More

A Globetrotting Winemaker's Sonoma Roots Grow Deeper

By James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 27, 2014
Wine Spectator

Native Colombian Bibiana González Rave wound her way through France, South Africa and California before making Sonoma home Read More

Piece Offering

By Brett Anderson, Robb Report, October 2013
Robb Report Oct 2013

Introduced with the 2004 vintage, Pièce de Résistance has since been discreetly sold to Pahlmeyer’s allocation list. Read More

40 Under 40: America's Tastemakers

Wine Enthusiast, June 2013
WE June 2013

Meet the rising young stars who are changing the way the world drinks. Read More

Red, white and hue

By Bill St. John, Chicago Tribune, May 2013
Chicago Tribune

Glimmers of green, hints of brown all tell a tale in wine. Read More

Sonoma Coast's New A-Lister

By Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
WE Apr 2013

At age one, California's Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is already making its mark with elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Read More

California’s Best Chardonnays

By James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2012
WS CA Best Chard2

30 producers who set the gold standard for quality. Read More

Who'll Save Merlot?

By Jeffery Lindenmuth, Food Arts, June 2012
Food Arts June 2012

Having survived the slings and arrows of overexposure and bad press, is Merlot now ready for a comeback? Winemakers and sommeliers ponder the hopeful future of this stalwart varietal.  In 2006, Jeff Smith, winemaker and owner of Hourglass Vineyards, purchased Blueline, a hillside vineyard tucked away just north of St. Helena, California, planting it to Bordeaux varie­ties, including three acres of Merlot. Planted near the height of the grape’s unpopularity, these Merlot vines covered three… Read More