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The New York Times, December 2019

A New Chapter for California Syrah

California syrah has been much maligned, often justifiably. As unpopular as it might have been, a small number of producers, not only in California but in Washington, too, were figuring out the syrah conundrum. Planted in the right places, grown conscientiously and produced with tender care, American syrah could in fact be something quite beautiful.

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Good Housekeeping, November 2019

10 Best Thanksgiving Wine to Pair With Turkey at Every Price Point

Thanksgiving can be a great time to test drive new wines you haven’t tried before, so don’t be afraid to pick up a new and exciting bottle to bring to the feast. Wines likes to drink American on Thanksgiving, a quintessential American holiday. But when choosing a wine to pair with the spread, there’s only one hard-and-fast rule to follow: Pick a wine that your guests will enjoy and you can’t go wrong.

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OC Weekly, August 2019

What the Vino! Three Sommeliers Give Their Summer Time Picks.

Michael Cox (Napa Rose and Falling Bright Wine Merchants): “It’s hot, of course, right now. Rosé and light whites work great. For those fun evenings at the grill, zinfandel and malbec work beautifully. Ferren and Luli rosé are perfect—great with salads and those tomatoes that are ripening beautifully in the garden right now. The Setting sauvignon blanc and Pax chenin blanc are wondrous with oysters and other shellfish.”

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New York Times, July 2019

Everything You Need to Know for a Road Trip Up the Coast

A little while ago, we asked you about your best California road trips. We got tons of great recommendations for routes that crisscross the state. But, of course, heading along the coast north of the Bay Area and Wine Country were frequent recommendations. As Norm Gilbert — a reader who sent us a detailed email that formed the backbone of our guide — put it:

“This trip can be done in a few days or a few weeks or longer. For the longer trips, just stop more, stay over night, wine taste, have spa treatments, eat in some of the world’s best restaurants and see some of the most spectacular views of nature you can imagine.”

Sona Patel, a California-based editor for The Times, put together our expandable (and shrinkable) itinerary — with help from our wine critic, Eric Asimov, as well as our California restaurant critic, Tejal Rao.

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Grapelive, April 2019

GrapeLive: Wine of the Day April 9, 2019

The once in a while rarity, Pax’s North Coast Syrah is a multi-regional blend of sites, or as Pax puts it, this 100% Syrah is a blend of all of his favorite vineyards done with 100% whole cluster, 100% carbonic fermentation(s) in concrete and with partial concrete aging with a small part of the blend raised in neutral French oak, all together for 10 months.

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Sonoma Magazine, April 2019

Russian River Valley Rosé: 15 Sonoma County Wineries to Visit.


Pax Wines’s tasting room and winemaking facility sustained significant damage from the February flooding of The Barlow. The tasting room reopened yesterday – another reason to celebrate with their Trousseau Gris rosé (also available at Crocodile French Cuisine in Petaluma and Miracle Plum in Santa Rosa). This funky wine pairs well with earthy spring vegetable dishes, like a spring pea, green garlic and ramp risotto. 

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Food & Wine, February 2019

What Do Wines Aged in Concrete, Clay and Glass Taste Like?

Photo of Nonbluot concrete egg.
Photo by Leigh-Ann Beverley of Bonafide Productions.

“Concrete aged wine has a little more pep in its step,” says Pax Mahle, owner and winemaker at Pax Mahle Wines. “We typically press still-fermenting wines [with minimal residual sugar levels] into the concrete vessel where it will age, which produces CO2. This CO2 protects the wine from any excess oxygen exposure, ensuring that the wine is bright, fresh, and filled with energy.”

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Robb Report, September 2018

The Best Wines for Fall: Six Experts Weigh In

Carignan grape clusters at Testa Vineyard.
Carignan grape clusters at Testa Vineyard. Photo by Leigh-Ann Beverley of Bonafide Productions.

Pax 2016 Carignan Testa Vineyard Mendocino

A delicious domestic find to accompany hearty fall dishes, this Rhône traveler by winemaker Pax Mahle boldly is made from old-vine Carignan planted in a Mendocino vineyard in 1912. The savory, gamey red has lots of spice and berry-cherry fruits coupled with bright acidity. Because it is not too complex or tannic, this a perfect wine for root vegetables, roasts, stews, cassoulet, or short-rib pot pie. Dishes with earthy, rich flavors make this wine irresistibly gulpable.

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Drinks Insider, April 2018

The Rise of California Syrah

Photo of Sonoma Hillsides Syrah bottle.

Think about this: Pax Sonoma-Hillsides – a California Syrah that was made with low-intervention winemaking techniques, using whole cluster fruit, little sulfur, no oak, and coming in under 13 percent – was just given a 100 point score by Antonio Galloni. If that’s not a shift in the paradigm, I don’t know what is.

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