Atticus 2011

Atticus is a blend of Joseph Phelps clone Syrah (97%) and Viognier (3%). Atticus comes from meticulously handpicked fruit from Elephant Mountain Vineyards in Rattlesnake Hills. The blend was made…


Moth Love 2011

Moth Love is a blend of 38% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 37% Grenache from Rattlesnake Hills AVA.  Rich velvet black fruit, chocolate, black pepper and subtle hints of red meat. A full bodied,…

AniChe Awards 2013

2013 Award Round Up

What an excellent year 2013 was for AniChe Cellars! The all women wine maker team garnered excellent scores and medals demonstrating yet again that consumers and wine industry experts find…

Dried Herbs

Geek Out With Rachael – Pyrazines

I am writing to you fresh from the famous Unified Wine Symposium held in Sacramento CA with more than a few bees in my bonnet! Although I can write about…

Food Pairing

Geek Out With Rachael – Food Pairing

Geek out with Rachael Food Pairings…again! This time of year I get many emails and questions about appropriate food pairings for special holiday meals or gatherings. I am an advocate…


Geek Out With Rachael – Zombie Wine!

Headache from Zombie-wine?   I have had the good fortune to hear from many of you that our wines do not give you headaches, while many other wines cause pain….


Geek Out With Rachael – Oak

I recently placed my order for new oak barrels. OUCH! This can be a painful and arduous process, especially under budget constraints and a recent change in cooperages. However, my…


Geek Out With Rachael – Veraison

Veraison is the point at which grapes begin to ripen, usually 50 to 60 days after bud break. This event is signified by engustment, or the color changes from green to the color of the fruit near harvest. The pips are green and hard during a lag phase that precedes veraison, but begin to soften and enlarge at the onset of veraison.

wine blends

Geek Out With Rachael – Why Blends?

“Do you have a Cab?” demands the well heeled man, with the confidence of someone who knows and expects only the best. “I have Cab in a Bordeaux style blend”,…


Geek Out With Rachael – Poly Tanks

There is a snobbery about using polypropylene tanks in a winery. We have a romantic vision of oak vats and barrels lining the walls of old world caves or of…