Archive for the ‘Petite Sirah’ Category


Wine of the Week ~ Mendocino Wine Company Vertical of True Grit Petite Sirah

PREFACE: THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements I can’t make up their history Nor am I to try THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLES From: Mendocino Wine Company A bit of a back story, first… In 2002, […]


Petite Sirah – The State of the State, with Matt Moye of Vincent Arroyo

Here’s some Petite Sriah insight from Mathew (Matt) Moye of Vincent Arroyo: With Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon commanding an AVERAGE of $7,500 per ton, how can I put out a $40.00/per bottle Cabernet? How many people are buying $70.00+ Cabs? How did we get this expensive so fast? Is this sustainable? We’ve jumped almost $2,000 […]

When Carl Doumani Calls ~ A Petite Master Has Answers

How appropriate that I get to write about PS I Love You and Petite Sirah on Valentine’s day. Years ago, when I was loving the architecture of Carl Doumani’s Quixote Winery, in a meeting we had set up for an interview, we had finished chatting and he gifted his time-worn Hundertwasser book to me. I […]


Hurrah! Petite Masters is Happening in March 2018

Tickets are $45.00, and are being sold through Eventbrite.


Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville California, Celebrates 90 Year Anniversary

When I began to read about the Pedroncelli Winery’s celebrations for their 90 year anniversary, I was thrown back in time, remembering when I first came to meet Julie Pedroncelli. It was in the early 90s, and I had begun Cat O’Wine Tales. (I was out photographing, for what would become a feature story in […]


Petite Sirah FAQs

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005; this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back 15 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in the […]


Petite Retreat ~ Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This even has been cancelled. Petite RetreatJose Diaz2017-04-24T13:20:02+00:00 Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: The Vineyard Club – 355 Rockmound Road, Geyserville, CA 95441 – Click here to “Map It” Registration: PS I Love You Members – $80 / Non Member – $100 Registration Link ~ Agenda: 8:30 […]


White with Fish, Red with Murder ~ a novel by Harley Mazuk

White with Fish, Red with Murder, by Harvey Mazuk, is a murder mystery set in San Francisco and Russian River Valley in 1948. Harley Mazuk’s novel is one where you imagine Art Deco influences, with Humphrey Bogart (playing P.I. Frank Swiver) and Lauren Becall (Cicillia “Cici” O’Callaghan, as a brunette) getting it on in more […]


Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which […]


The 2016 California Winegrape Crush Is a Return to Normalcy

[Pictured is Alvaro Zamora, vineyard manager for The Rubin Family of Wines] The following is very interesting info from Ciatti, Global Wine & Grape Brokers, regarding the 2016 harvest. The Ciatti Company Ciatti is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bulk wine and grape brokerage frim. Aside from its home base in San Rafael, California, […]