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 ...

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 ...