This will not be your typical wine review site. You have been warned. There will be things you read here which will not mesh with the typical somm-speak this generation of wine-drinkers have become accustomed to. I have been drinking and collecting wine for several decades and cut my teeth on Sonoma and Napa in the 80’s and 90’s before “fruit-bowl” descriptors became de rigueur but instead grew up with CGCW, Hugh Johnson and early RP and their individual forms of wine-description. I am vehemently against today’s use of the 100-point scale in marketing. Wine transcends a number. I believe wine contains a plethora of earthy components each contributing to its interest but which are often left out of the conversation in today’s *all wines are wonderful* and *what a pretty winery* blogosphere. I will also drink bad wines and tell about them. I do not place a stigma on ‘vegetal’ or ‘brett’ as each has a place in a complex wine discussion. Over-ripeness, over-extraction, high alcohol and the issues each contribute to balance and aging will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Fruit is king, acid and balance paramount. Those who associate earthy descriptors with flawed or unpleasant wines will be disappointed on a regular basis. Wine is alive and basal and reeks of life and sex and sweat in addition to sumptuous layers of spice and fruit. Varietal-correctness and typicity will always win, and jammy concoctions designed for the tourist-trade will be left behind. This is a wine blog. It is not a winery blog or wine-lifestyle blog. I have traveled extensively throughout California wine country for 30+ years and continue to do so, but the wine reviews here are not generated in tasting rooms or on vineyard-tours. All wines receive identical treatment in the same room in the same glass at the same time nearly every day. In addition to classic producers, I am constantly looking for smaller labels which run under the radar of *usual bling suspects* on social media. Enjoy the ride. Wine is life.