Wine-CaliforniaSummit1The recent California Wines Summit, in NYC, included a conversation between Thomas Matthews, of the Wine Spectator, and Patrick Capiello of Pearl & Ash.

With 4,400 wineries and 5,900 (wine) grape growers, California is the world’s fourth largest wine producer after Italy, France and Spain.

While commenting on “natural” wines, Mr. Capiello said that he felt better after a night of drinking them, than the day after drinking fancier chemical-laden wines. Mr. Mathews quipped that it was probably because he drank more of the latter.

Wine-LuciaThree wines that we really enjoyed and recommend from the day’s tastings: Ravenswood Zinfandel 1995, Lucia Pinot Noir 2013, and Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.