Author: Wes Hagen

CLUB MEMBER ASKS: ‘HOW DO I UNDERSTAND ACID IN WINE? I DON’T GET IT!’

  February 21, 2019 | Wes Hagen 30 JUN 6/30/2017: CLUB MEMBER ASKS: ‘HOW DO I UNDERSTAND ACID IN WINE? I DON’T GET IT!’ A wine like our Pinot Blanc has beautiful acidity, great for cleansing the palate between bites of cheese, salami, or a few dozen oysters! Red wine usually has lower acidity than […]

NEW FEATURE: WHERE WILL WINEMAKER WES HAGEN BE IN JULY?

  February 21, 2019 | Wes Hagen 29 JUN NEW FEATURE: WHERE WILL WINEMAKER WES HAGEN BE IN JULY? J. Wilkes Faithful: In an ongoing attempt to keep you aware of fun events and chances to eat and drink with our winemaker, we intend to publish a list of public events that you can attend […]

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 […]

DOES STUDYING WINE DECREASE THE ENJOYMENT OF DRINKING IT?

  February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 30 NOV 11/30/2016: DOES STUDYING WINE DECREASE THE ENJOYMENT OF DRINKING IT? Wine should be a pleasure to drink, never a pop-quiz. Welcome back to Wes Hagen’s J. Wilkes Wines blog.  Please make yourself comfortable and if possible pour yourself a nice glass of wine.  I’m a strong […]

HOW TO DRINK WINE LIKE A PRO

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 13 SEP HOW TO DRINK WINE LIKE A PRO How to Drink Wine Like a Pro with a subtitle: ‘….unless that pro is a jerk or snob.’ 1) Reject snobbery. There was a time when snobs ruled the world of wine. Sommeliers were as rare as meteors, and maybe […]

SUMMER IN SANTA MARIA: A 2016 VINTAGE UPDATE

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 28 JUL SUMMER IN SANTA MARIA: A 2016 VINTAGE UPDATE Images of fruit from 2016 Vintage, and checking color in juice from a small sample. It’s late July in Santa Maria Valley, California which means we are getting the cellar ready for winemaking and watching the grapes in the […]

JULY 4TH: ALCOHOL AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS: THE SPIRIT OF ’76 TURNS OUT TO BE BOOZE!

  February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 27 JUN JULY 4TH: ALCOHOL AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS: THE SPIRIT OF ’76 TURNS OUT TO BE BOOZE! Alcohol, Founding Fathers and US Presidents The Spirit of ’76 Turns Out to be Ethanol @weshagen @jwilkeswines @j.wilkes_wines (Note:  This history lesson is not meant to encourage or glorify unhealthy […]

OPENING THE J. WILKES TASTING ROOM ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016.

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 14 JUN OPENING THE J. WILKES TASTING ROOM ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016. Tasting Room Opens: 6/16/2016 2963 Grand Avenue, Suite A (Formerly Qupe’) Los Olivos, CA. 93441.  (805) 318-6680 Thursday-Monday, 11 am – 5 pm (last pour at 4:45 pm) In less than 48 hours we will be […]

J. WILKES BLOG BY WES HAGEN #2: WES AND J. WILKES GO TO WASHINGTON (DC)!

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 10 MAY J. WILKES BLOG BY WES HAGEN #2: WES AND J. WILKES GO TO WASHINGTON (DC)! Emerging canopy early in the 2016 season at French Camp Vineyard in the Paso Robles Highlands District. J. Wilkes makes 250 cases annually of PRHD AVA Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Yes! Who […]

J. WILKES BLOG #3: PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE NORDIC LEADERS SUMMIT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH J. WILKES WINES

February 15, 2019 | Wes Hagen 16 MAY J. WILKES BLOG #3: PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE NORDIC LEADERS SUMMIT AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH J. WILKES WINES, 5/16/2016 J. Wilkes wines have been featured twice in the last two weeks (May. 2016) at the State Department in Washington DC.   Two weeks ago, our 2012 […]