11 Oct10.11.2018 Vintage 2018 in Santa Barbara County, a Miracle or a Return to Normal?

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We are finishing up our 2018 Santa Maria Valley harvest here at J. Wilkes and the wines are starting to show a character and quality that will likely make this vintage a ‘classic’.  Winemakers throughout the State have been dealing with warmer-than-normal ...

09 AugBlind Tasting: Can You Know the Winemaker’s Intent?

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In late July, 2018 I received this email from a long time friend and wine lover.  We’ll call him Wayne. Wayne’s email: Subject:  Evaluating wines based on winemaker’s intent? Dear Wes: I have noticed it is common for a wine critic or ...

14 May5.14.2018 Authenticity in Wine and Why it Matters

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Authenticity in Wine:  People, Dirt, Love. Welcome back all you wine lovers and those that search for deeper wisdom in the glass. I just returned from a long 2 week+ wine sales trip throughout the Southeast and the East Coast.  In 15 ...

16 Mar3.15.2018 The Pulse of American Wine Culture: On the Wine Road from Sea to Shining Sea

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Happy 2018 from all of us here at J. Wilkes Wines: Budbreak is the first sign that a new vintage is emerging, and we are seeing budbreak throughout Santa Barbara County this week.  There’s no denying it.  Here we go again on ...

20 Nov11.20.2017 The Clone Wars–Why Grapevine ‘Clones’ Do and Don’t Matter

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I want to believe that the day will come when Americans will have their own wine culture without relying on a French inflection. In his brilliant book, Religion: An Anthropological View, Anthony Wallace explains how a religion that develops in a conquered ...

04 SepHow Does a Late-Season Heat Spike and an Unexpected Rainstorm Impact the 2017 Vintage?

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This is the Best Kind of Rain to See During Winegrape Harvest! Santa Barbara County vintages can be summed up in a single sentence: “Long, cool, consistent growing seasons punctuated by heat spikes in September and October.” There have been a few ...

07 JulLos Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe hosts Wes Hagen

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Click on the photo to start your adventure with Wes and Shawnda (one of the owners of Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe).

05 Jul7.5.2017: ‘History of Wine in About 5 Minutes’: New and Revised with Wes Hagen

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Thanks to Vince and everyone at V is for Vino for the production!   Love Wes’ education?  Make sure to follow him at @weshagen  @jwilkes @j.wilkes_wines and J. Wilkes Wines on Facebook and Instagram!

30 Jun6/30/2017: Club Member Asks: ‘How do I Understand Acid In Wine? I Don’t get it!’

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A wine club member emailed me today with the question in the title. My response took just enough time that I thought it would be prudent and useful to post it here for everyone to read: ACID IN WINE EXPLAINED, by Wes ...

29 JunNew Feature: Where Will Winemaker Wes Hagen Be in July?

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J. Wilkes Faithful: In an ongoing attempt to keep you aware of fun events and chances to eat and drink with our winemaker, we intend to publish a list of public events that you can attend each month. July included a lot ...