Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Friday, May 16, 2008

Salacious Dirt!

No, I'm not talking about Spitzer's whore. I meant Siliceous soil. I mean after three trips to Paso Robles, I'm just beginning to get the inside scoop on this blowout region. Yesterday, at L'Aventure, I met Stephan Asseo, Jacob Toft, and Tom Rice. More about Stephan and Jacob later. Tom and his partner Tracy G. Cervellone self-published "Paso Robles: An American Terroir." This is the ultimate insider's guide to Paso Robles wines and vines. Tom is not only a soil scientist, but a great writer. You can always ignore the siliceous side and go for the salacious, but you will learn an awful lot from this book. As Frenchman Stephan says, it is "no bullsheet." With no publisher and no editor to satisfy Tom was able to write what he wanted about whatever he wanted to write about - geology, soil science, history, people, wineries, terroir - kind of like a long blog on paper. Tom writes about many Paso wineries, but with so many new wineries cropping up, it's impossible to cover them all. I'm on about number 20 out of 180, 200, 250.... Get the real dirt from this insider gem by e-mailing Tom at: Tune in during the next few weeks for more of the real dirt on Paso Robles and Santa Barbara.


  • At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Thomas J. Rice, Ph.D., C.P.S.S. said…

    Hello Gene,

    It was great to have met you at L'Aventure last Thursday (May 15). While doing a 10-year vertical tasting of the Cadenza meritage wines at Carmody McKnight Estate Wines on Sunday, a fellow told me to go to your blog to see your article. Thanks for the nice compliments!

    To buy our book ("Paso Robles: An American Terroir") online, your readers can go to our web site:

    Remember, those rocks and soils are "Siliceous" not "Salacious!

    Tom (Thomas J. Rice, Ph.D., C.P.S.S.)


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