The WineBarker is Steven Bastian, a California native with over 30 years of wine-tasting experience. No claim to a miraculous palate or magical olfactory skills, the WineBarker simply brings experience, perspective and context developed through sampling thousands of wines. Arduous work, yet the WineBarker sacrifices.


In general, the wines featured here have been selected for enjoyment, so they reflect the WineBarker’s preferences and his hunt for wines to savor rather than an attempt to evaluate the full spectrum of wines in the marketplace. The result is that most wines reviewed score in the upper ranges.


Stephan Vineyards, Paso Robles, California — by Steven Bastian.

One response to “About

  1. Brian Behrns

    Finally, a concise, easy-to-read guide to finding out which wines stand out in the ever-increasing sea of bottles available out there. Thank you, Steven.

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