"Uncle" Robert got young Rob, a third generation Californian, interested in the art of fine wine making at an early age during his grade school years. Rob showed a keen interest, and with his mentor and uncle at his side, began to explore and experiment on his own. This interest carried on through high school, and having grown up in Martinez, California on the fringes of the Napa-Sonoma Wine Valley Region, it was natural that Rob would attend the University of California at Davis and study enology. He graduated from that prestigious institution in the summer of 1975 (with honors) and with a B.S. in Fermentation Science. Rob tackled his first "real" winery job at the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, California, but the job was more a hands-on training experience than anything and Rob was soon looking for bigger and better opportunities. He had heard from a fellow winemaker at a neighboring winery that some guy from Washington State (Bill Preston of Preston Winery) was asking around, trying to hire a winemaker and Rob's antenna went up. A meeting was arranged and Rob flew to the Tri-Cities to meet with Bill Preston in March 1977. Preston hired Rob and he was off and running. Rob's wine making abilities and talents were quickly put to the test. It was at the 1979 Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest's annual Northwest Wine Festival that Preston's (Rob's) 1977 Chardonnay won the "Best of Show" award. Judges and consumers alike were "thumbs up" on the wine's concentrated, fresh Chardonnay flavor. Rob was at Preston's for seven years and spent another seven years at Hogue Cellars in nearby Prosser before going it alone. By 1983 Rob was making his own award-winning wines and had 400 cases ready for market. Today that number has increased to 25,000 cases containing 10 different labels, several of which are also award winners that Rob creates. Barnard Griffin Winery wines are currently distributed and sold mostly in the Northwest, but can also be found in fine wine shops and restaurants across the country. Wines are now being produced in the newly-built Barnard Griffin Winery, a goal Rob and Deborah set back in 1975. With the support and advice of friends, relatives and fellow winemakers, Rob and Deborah have now seen their dream become a reality. The Barnard Griffin Winery was opened to the public in May 1997. Visit the Barnard Griffin website.
Displays deep, persistent dark cherry fruit; subtle blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors emerge on the finish. This sleek red's richness nicely offsets its racy structure. Balanced, focused and delicious! Should prove to be a long lived Cab with considerable aging potential. more
Offering both classic Sauvignon Blanc style and structure, this crisp, refreshing white doesn't disappoint. The melon-pear fruit is beautifully focused with a zesty lemon-citrus aftertaste. An excellent match for light seafood or wonderful as an everyday white. more
Wine which is produced and bottled under strict supervision and meets all standards to be certified Kosher.
Wine which is produced using organic practices and is free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides.
Biodynamic designation is regulated by Demeter, an international certification organization. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the view of a farm as a self-contained organism. Certified organic vineyards must meet Demeter"s additional criteria for a period of one year before earning the designation "biodynamic."
Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
Wines sealed with a screw cap as opposed to a cork, which experts report protects and preserves wine more effectively than does a cork, while also eliminating the possibility of cork taint.
All wines naturally contain some sulfites, however wines that contain less than 10 parts per million sulfites are not required to include "Contains Sulfites" on their labels.
Wines that are still in the barrel and have yet to be bottled. Futures offer the opportunity to invest in a wine before it arrives in our store.
Like futures, pre-arrivals are wines that have not yet arrived on our shelves, however they may or may not be a new release. Pre-arrivals may already be bottled and en route to our store.
The Wine Advocate is a bimonthly wine publication featuring the consumer advice of wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. Initially titled The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate the first issue was published in 1978. Accepting no advertising, the newsletter publishes in excess of 7,500 reviews per year, utilizing Parker's rating system that employs a 50-100 point quality scale.
Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.
International Wine Cellar
Since 1997, the 100% subscriber-supported IWC has also been available in French and Japanese editions.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining topics. It was founded in 1988 by Adam and Sybil Strum and reaches 686,000 readers. Its wine ratings, conducted by reviewers in major wine-producing areas of the world, are considered an influential gauge for consumers and professionals in the wine industry.
Wine & Spirits
Wine and Spirits is America's practical guide to the straightforward, enlightened enjoyment of fine wine and and premium spirits. We have for 18 years served customers and marketers alike with a lively mix of wine reviews, features, profiles, food and wine pairings, new product introductions, travel pieces, history, opinion and wine business news.
Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now subscribers in more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states. Allen Meadows spends over four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time.
James is one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian wine, matching intelligent, honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
For thirty-five years, Connoisseurs’ Guide has been the authoritative voice of the California wine consumer. With readers in all fifty states and twenty foreign countries, the Guide is valued by wine lovers everywhere for its honesty and for it strong adherence to the principles of transparency, unbiased, hard-hitting opinions.
I rate wines using the 100-points scale. I have used this point system for close to 25 years. I still believe it is the simplest way to rate a wine, with its origins from grade school in the United States. A wine that I rate 90 points or more is outstanding (A), and worth buying. If I rate a wine 95 points or more (A+), it is a must buy.
View from the Cellar
View From the Cellar, an electronic wine newsletter published bi-monthly by John Gilman.
Homepage for wine writer, Neal Martin's, "Diary of a Wine Writer".
Malt Advocate magazine is America's leading whisky magazine. It's the number one source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts.
The Rhone Report
Dedicated to the wines and grapes of the Rhone Valley
Wine Review Online
Wine Review Online was originally conceived by Publisher Robert Whitley as an all-encompassing platform for the many talented wine journalists he came across in his travels as wine columnist for the Creators Syndicate.
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