WINE NERD Edu.
PEOPLE WE DIG.
Here is a partial and growing list of people and things we are particularly grateful for (not already mentioned within the site) that we would like to thank.
The LF image and identity all started with a sketch of a beetroot that Val crafted and the rest is history. Val resides in her home country of England with her husband and is most passionate about bees. She really likes wine too. http://pencilandleaf.blogspot.com/
Jeremy & Michelle Ball, Bottle Branding
This Lompoc dynamic duo is poised to possibly take over the world. Seriously. Jeremy has epic photography skills (lucky for us there are some shots that grace this site) and he dares to dream big with his lovely wife Michelle who is an equally talented artist and graphic designer. Amazing chefs, creative masterminds, great friends – "What aren't they good at?" is perhaps the suitable question. http://www.bottlebranding.com/
Amazing beyond belief graphic designer, illustrator and artist. Janet just plain rocks, she crafted up the Rosé label which was inspired by a bottle of 1919 Graves we enjoyed with another one of our favorite people, Erik. http://www.janetallinger.com/
Erik Kelley, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Erik is a walking encyclopedia of anything and everything to do with wine and food – including of course, cheese. http://www.cheesestorebh.com/
Jon McDaniel, Sommelier
The Sommelier and Wine Director at The Gage in Chicago (formerly at the local Los Olivos Café), Jon has been an LF believer from the start. He's someone to always be watching. He is also the fellow who coined the second nickname (the first being pinkcrack of course ;) for our Rosé - the "Reverse Mullet" - party in the front, business in the back. http://www.facebook.com/#!/mcvino
Phil Carpenter, Santa Barbara Wine Talk & Michael Tou, Central Coast Uncorked
Two guys who are so obsessed with Central Coast wine that they have dedicated countless hours to promoting the area and it's people – all while holding down full time day jobs NOT in the wine industry. Thank you both for your incredible enthusiasm and support! santabarbarawinetalk.com / centralcoastuncorked.blogspot.com
VENDORS WE DIG.
You guessed it, Wax. calwax.com
This section is dedicated to wine education, articles and blogs. Basically, stuff we dig and thought you might, too.
The Society of Wine Educators
How to taste Wine Like a Pro by Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier
Great unpretentious Wine Basics from Lisa Dinsmore of Daily Wine Dispatch
Indie Online TV Show featuring various personalities in the Wine Industry chatting on topics in a casual and unpretentious way
Descriptions and Causes of Wine Faults and Flaws
Info on the Use of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) in Winemaking
Basic Info on Malolactic Fermentation (ML)
Farming and Soils
Organic vs. Non-Organic Farming: The Growing Debate
Moon Gardening Calendar / Today's Moon (UK)
A breakdown of Fruit, Leaf, Flower & Root days
Do Fruit and Root Days really affect the way a wine tastes?
How Diatomaceous Earth Works For Humans and Pets
Semi debunking Native Yeast Fermentation
Nerd out on Vineyard Site Evaluation and The Winkler Scale of Growing Degree Days. East Coast focused but overall some great material.
Winkler Scale of Growing Degree Days which determines an AVA's Region #.
Stellar site on Natural Wine and "that crazy French woman" who has rallied around it in a big way
SIP Certification Official Site