Category Archives: Review

2021 Top 25 Wineries to Visit by Esther Mobley

By Esther Mobley, Chronicle wine critic | Updated: March 31, 2021 9:22 AM   GOING WINE TASTING is one of the great Bay Area pastimes. Visiting a winery here is a chance to experience so many of the features that make this region special: the land’s natural beauty, a rich tradition of artisanal craftsmanship and a deep, […]

From Anna Maria Island to Calistoga: The Odyssey of Seth Cripe

  Old souls have a way about them: they’re at ease, they’re empathetic, they’re suspicious, they pay attention. Comfortable navigating interior and multiple contradictions, these rare birds are interesting to be around. When I meet Seth Cripe for the first time, my immediate sense is that he possesses an old soul. One superpower of old […]

JebDunnuck LLC

2016 Lola Sonoma Coast Chardonnay All from the Sonoma coast and brought up in 2-4-year old barrels, the 2016 Chardonnay sports light gold color as well as terrific notes of brioche, caramelized pineapple, Meyer lemon, and spice. Medium-bodied, fresh and lively, it has beautifully integrated oak, good freshness and acidity, and plenty of length. At […]

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2016 Lola Sonoma Coast Chardonnay A Sonoma Coast bargain fermented with native yeast with full malolactic, aged mainly in stainless steel and partially in older French oak, the 2016 Chardonnay charges out of the gate with gorgeous lemongrass, orange peel and honeycomb notes over a core of lemon tart and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, fine-boned and lively […]


At 34, Seth Cripe has spent more years around wine than you’d think. The owner-winemaker of LOLA Wines, which he founded in 2008, moved to Napa Valley right after he dropped out of high school. He said that although he wouldn’t recommend that exact career path, he was so fortunate to work for Swanson and […]