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 ...
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27 JunJuly 4th: Alcohol and the Founding Fathers: The Spirit of ’76 turns out to be Booze!

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Alcohol, Founding Fathers and US Presidents The Spirit of ’76 Turns Out to be Ethanol @weshagen @jwilkeswines @j.wilkes_wines (Note:  This history lesson is not meant to encourage or glorify unhealthy drinking habits, instead it is a view into a different time with ...

30 Nov11/30/2016: Does Studying Wine Decrease the Enjoyment of Drinking It?

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Welcome back to Wes Hagen’s J. Wilkes Wines blog.  Please make yourself comfortable and if possible pour yourself a nice glass of wine.  I’m a strong believer that wine education should always be accompanied by vino in our glass.  Would we study ...

13 SepHow to Drink Wine Like a Pro

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How to Drink Wine Like a Pro with a subtitle: ‘….unless that pro is a jerk or snob.’ 1) Reject snobbery. There was a time when snobs ruled the world of wine. Sommeliers were as rare as meteors, and maybe they took ...

28 JulSummer in Santa Maria: a 2016 Vintage Update

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It’s late July in Santa Maria Valley, California which means we are getting the cellar ready for winemaking and watching the grapes in the vineyard carefully for signs of ripeness. Lots of folks have been asking about Vintage 2016 and how things ...

14 JunOpening the J. Wilkes Tasting Room on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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Tasting Room Opens: 6/16/2016 2963 Grand Avenue, Suite A (Formerly Qupe’) Los Olivos, CA. 93441.  (805) 318-6680 Thursday-Monday, 11 am – 5 pm (last pour at 4:45 pm)   In less than 48 hours we will be opening the doors of the ...