Author: Wes Hagen

Vintage 2018 in Santa Barbara County, a Miracle or a Return to Normal?

October 11, 2018 | Wine | Wes Hagen Vintage 2018 in Santa Barbara County, a Miracle or a Return to Normal? 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 […]

Blind Tasting: Can You Know the Winemaker’s Intent?

August 9, 2018 | Wine | Wes Hagen Blind Tasting: Can You Know the Winemaker’s Intent? 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 […]

AUTHENTICITY IN WINE AND WHY IT MATTERS

February 22, 2019 | Wes Hagen 14 MAY 5.14.2018 AUTHENTICITY IN WINE AND WHY IT MATTERS 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 […]

THE PULSE OF AMERICAN WINE CULTURE: ON THE WINE ROAD FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

  February 22, 2019 | Wes Hagen 16 MAR 3.15.2018 THE PULSE OF AMERICAN WINE CULTURE: ON THE WINE ROAD FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA 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 […]

CHARDONNAY: THE EDITORIAL MODEL OF THE WINE CATWALK

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 13 FEB CHARDONNAY: THE EDITORIAL MODEL OF THE WINE CATWALK Let’s agree to discuss three types of viticulture and the wine styles they produced: Ancient World, Old World and New World. Ancient World will refer to wines grown and created from the Paleolithic Era through the life of Louis […]

NEW WORLD WINES WITH WES HAGEN

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 13 FEB NEW WORLD WINES WITH WES HAGEN Let’s agree to discuss three types of viticulture and the wine styles they produced: Ancient World, Old World and New World. Ancient World will refer to wines grown and created from the Paleolithic Era through the life of Louis Pasteur (19th […]

THE CLONE WARS–WHY GRAPEVINE ‘CLONES’ DO AND DON’T MATTER

  February 22, 2019 | Wes Hagen 20 NOV 11.20.2017 THE CLONE WARS–WHY GRAPEVINE ‘CLONES’ DO AND DON’T MATTER The Romanee-Conti Vineyard Has Been Replanted Using Massal Selection for Centuries.No Clones About It! I want to believe that the day will come when Americans will have their own wine culture without relying on a French […]

HOW DOES A LATE-SEASON HEAT SPIKE AND AN UNEXPECTED RAINSTORM IMPACT THE 2017 VINTAGE?

  February 22, 2019 | Wes Hagen 04 SEP HOW DOES A LATE-SEASON HEAT SPIKE AND AN UNEXPECTED RAINSTORM IMPACT THE 2017 VINTAGE? 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 […]

LOS OLIVOS WINE MERCHANT & CAFE HOSTS WES HAGEN

  February 21, 2019 | Wes Hagen 07 JUL LOS OLIVOS WINE MERCHANT & CAFE HOSTS WES HAGEN   Click on the photo to start your adventure with Wes and Shawnda (one of the owners of Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe). Tweet Comments Commenting has been turned off.

‘HISTORY OF WINE IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES’: NEW AND REVISED WITH WES HAGEN

  February 21, 2019 | Wes Hagen 05 JUL 7.5.2017: ‘HISTORY OF WINE IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES’: NEW AND REVISED WITH WES HAGEN     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 […]