Ask the Winemaker, Take a punt
The indentation in the base of wine bottles is generally termed a punt. Its origins have been interpreted many ways so here is what I know. There are suggestions that the early glass blowers had difficulty in producing a flat base for the bottle, in many instances leaving a sharp spot where the bottle was held and subsequently marking tables and benches. They found it was more stable and less likely to scratch if an indentation was left.
Storing, Shipping & Sipping
Your touring the wine country collecting prizes from a number of wineries and you need to get them home. Wineries can only ship what they make, so they can't consolidate your shipment. Luckily there are services that do this, and more.
Santa Barbara Celebration of Harvest
The annual Celebration of Harvest is held in October each year, when Santa Barbara vintners are in the thick of the winegrape harvest and the winery staff takes a needed break to showcase their latest wines, many newly bottled!
Paso Rhone Wine Producers
Paso Robles has been growing wine grapes for decades yet it is only since the early 1990’s that Rhone grape varieties have been cultivated. The region has a similar geography and climate to the Rhone River Valley in France.
The Hills & Dells of Santa Cruz & Santa Clara
Visitors to this region can enjoy many small family owned wineries and have a better chance to meet and talk with the winemakers than in other regions. On the west side, dense redwood forests overlook the Pacific Ocean, while the east side looks down upon Santa Clara and what is known as Silicon Valley.