Scott Butterfield

Scott Butterfield

Scott Butterfield is a published novelist, short story writer, and wine concierge. He has over a decade of experience as a wine buyer for retail locations and wine bars. A lucky little mortal, he’s traveled to wineries in Bordeaux, Tuscany, Austria, South Africa, New Zealand, and of course, Washington, Oregon, and California. He lives in Los Angeles and is at work on a book about the philosophy of wine tasting.

Wine Tasting Masterclass in Burgundy France with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

2023 Wine Festival Calendar

By Scott Butterfield

We scoured the web to put together this 2023 Wine Festival Calendar. It features 16 California Wine Festivals (including the big event in Santa Barbara), Nantucket, Oregon, and Colorado wine festivals,…

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best wine for mediterranean food from Victoria Taylor

Best Wine for Mediterranean Food from Sommelier Victoria Taylor

By Scott Butterfield

Pairing the best wine with Mediterranean food is notoriously difficult. There’s a menagerie of spices and herbs that don’t mesh easily with white and red wine varietals. 

One of the best wines to pair with Mediterranean dishes is the Halleck Vineyard Hillside Cuvee Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,…

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Best Wine with Salmon

Best Wine with Salmon at Mourad in San Francisco

By Scott Butterfield

Among the best wine with salmon pairings can be found at Mourad, a San Francisco Michelin-star restaurant that fuses the rich and vibrant style of Moroccan fine dining with the local,…

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Sonoma Wineries Help Sebastopol Charity Nourish Community

By Scott Butterfield

Donors, Sonoma wineries, local businesses, and community members rallied to help Sebastopol charity Ceres Community Project raise over $300,000 at this year’s Harvest of the Heart fundraiser on Sept.…

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The Barlowe in downtown Sebastopol offers an eclectic mix on wine tasting rooms, restaurants and shops.

Top 12 Sebastopol Wine Tasting Spots (with Map)

By Scott Butterfield

For over 150 years, Sebastopol was known as a farming and agricultural center of northern California. Once a plum and apple growing industry, the area is now a diverse paradise of flowers,…

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Red Wine, Pinot Noir, wine writing, wine review, Russian River Valley

DeLoach Pinot Noir vs Three Sons Cuvee (Wine Review)

By Scott Butterfield

Although they are based in west Santa Rosa, DeLoach has every right to call themselves a Russian River Valley winery. Sure, they also source fruit from the Sonoma Coast,…

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wine, wine review, wine tasting, red wine, pinot noir

Acacia Pinot Noir vs Halleck Vineyard (Wine Review)

By Scott Butterfield

If Pinot Noir were an animal, it’d be a chameleon. There seems to be no other grape that takes on its environmental surroundings quite like this highly-adaptable varietal. Preferring a cool climate,…

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Ross Halleck and Caroline Styne

Food and Wine Pairing: Sonoma Whites & Pinots at AOC

By Scott Butterfield

The Los Angeles Wine Writers’ Group recently attended a special food and wine pairing at AOC, the restaurant featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s “50 hot tables” and on Food &…

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small wineries, wine tasting, wine experience, red wine, white wine

7 Best Small Wineries in Sonoma 

By Scott Butterfield

The best small wineries in Sonoma are boutique wineries – those which make less than 5000 cases annually – are more high touch than high-tech. These places are labors of love.…

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Russian River Valley

Top 7 Russian River Valley Wineries to Visit

By Scott Butterfield

The Russian River Valley has viticulture history unlike any other in California. Grapevines were first planted by immigrants from the Mediterranean region in the 19th century. Most were “gardens” that families used for personal consumption,…

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