Pess & eviews


the new wine pioneers of los angeles, the napa valley register august ‘19

‘Long before congested freeways and millions of residents, Los Angeles was once part of California’s largest wine- producing region, the Los Angeles Viticultural District, which comprised the counties of San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles…”


2016 AGENDA Review, Wine Enthusiast Magazine MAY ‘19

“This newer winery is one of the most promising Los Angeles County wine projects. This bottling, which includes 15% Tannat, shows cassis, black cherry and crushed purple flowers on the nose, while the palate is loaded with Morello cherry, rounded brown sugar and…”


The Surprising Resurgence of American Wine, The Wall Street journal mar. ‘19

“When it comes to American wine, most people know Napa, Sonoma, probably the Willamette Valley and maybe New York’s Finger Lakes. But Idaho? Michigan? Los Angeles? Each of these areas thrived before Prohibition and then fell out of fashion. Snake River Valley…”


2014 Contingent Review, Wine Enthusiast Magazine Nov. ‘18

“94 pts. Editor’s Choice. This is one of the most impressive wines to emerge from Los Angeles County, starting with pungent aromas of black plum, boysenberry, thyme, tarragon and bay leaf. It's lavish and layered on the rich palate, offering black black cherry and…”


2016 Tremor Review, Wine Enthusiast Magazine Nov. ‘18

“91 points. Aromas of candied blackberry, thyme and a bit of gravel make for a compelling nose in this blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Rounded and dark yet lively in character, flavors of pomegranate, black cherry and black raspberry are…


A Grape Grows in Santa Crita, Angeleno Magazine Oct. ‘18

“Byron Blatty Wines brings a rare, high-end label to market, sourced from grapes entirely from Los Angeles. Mark and Jenny Blatty are a Mount Washington-based couple whose growing passion for wine led them to ask the question “Why not L.A.?” when researching a possible location to start crushing grapes as a business…”


Beyond hipster gloss: Four artisanal winemakers to know from the Garagiste Wine Festival, Los Angeles Times Aug. ‘18

“Strange and wondrous things happen in garages. Obsessions, avocations, projects deemed not worthy of the main house spawn like mushrooms in garages. Tinkerers tinker: If you’ve got a passion project…”


How To Read a Wine Label – Wine 101 Videos (Ep. 4), Wine Folly Aug. ‘18

“Stop trying to memorize labels. There’s a better way! Did you know that there are over one hundred thousand new wines and new vintages that are released by the TTB each year…”


Why You Need To Leave The Office & Visit These Four Incredible California Wineries Today , Thrive Global Aug. ‘18

“It’s that time of year again: the end of summer is approaching, and your next vacation won’t be until the holidays, in another four months. How do you beat burnout and keep up your strength for the rest of the work year…?”


2016 Tremor Review, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue 237, June ‘18

“90 points. Made in Los Angeles County, the 2016 Tremor from Byron Blatty offers up extravagant aromas of blackcurrants, cherries, cloves and cinnamon. It’s full-bodied, jammy and intense but supple and expansive on the palate, concluding with a long, oak-inflected finish…”


Byron Batty Proves That LA County can Make Luxury Wines, WineBusiness.com June ‘18

“Byron Blatty crafts premium wines from small, largely unknown Los Angeles vineyards, realizing the potential for Angeleno terroir in high quality blends. With its first wines officially released in October 2017, Byron Blatty is rolling out locally, finding placements with some of LA’s best restaurants…”


There’s More Wine Being Made in L.A. Than You Probably Realize, Los Angeles Magazine March ‘18

“To most Angelenos, the phrase “Los Angeles wineries” probably looks like a typo. The venerable San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights is the only one, right? Once upon a time, maybe so. But these days, more and more winemakers…”


California’s Renegade Winemakers Are Pouring Weird, Wonderful Wines, Los Angeles Magazine Feb. ‘18

“The story goes like this: Renowned wine critic Robert Parker was in France, visiting some high-end chateaux to taste their latest vintage. En route to his next appointment, he passed a small farm…”