January 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I have some very exciting news to share with my happy and wine-loving Vinopanions!  While I hinted at this news earlier this year, I can now announce the official Kickstarter campaign for the fantastic new wine store and web destination, Block122 (Twitter, Facebook, WineLog).  Founded by four BOULEVARD restaurant employees, Block122 will showcase the finest, small production producers of wine from the left coast, much of which lies along the meridian 122° west of the Prime Meridian.  These boutique wineries are those that many times, only produce wines for 1-2 small stores or restaurants, have no distribution, and can’t even provide an online web store. It is these vinous finds that Block122 will revel in sharing with you on their website with stories, videos, and a retail store; all inclusive, with all snobbery excluded.

I first met Brian Kulich, the dynamic Founder and CEO of Block122, a few months back on Twitter.  At once young and fresh faced, he also shows a dash of silver wine and food wisdom streaking through his hair. He is also as down-to-earth as any wine professional that you could hope to meet. A current alum of the aforementioned BOULEVARD, and former of the also venerable Aqua, he is a Certified Sommelier and 15 year veteran of the west coast food and wine scene.  You can hear more about Block122 from Brian himself, in the Kickstarter campaign video shown below.

You can look forward to many exclusive articles about the west coast wine scene from myself and many other talented food and wine writers that are happily ensconced in this fascinating vinous meridian.  My first article is about a trip that the lady Beth Fontaine (Twitter, Rollerskating With Scissors) and I took to the longtime bubbly producers at Schramsberg Vineyards (Twitter, Facebook, YoutubeWineLog).  Later, you can find another article from the legendary Santa Maria Valley growers at Bien Nacido (Twitter, Facebook, WineLog), about their own, tiny production wine label.

So signup for future updates from Block122 (TwitterFacebook, WineLog), and follow along as they roll out their website. You can also help to support them directly by contributing to their already successful crowdsource campaign over at Kickstarter.  Cheers!

Ward Kadel - @drXeNo is the founder of Vinopanion wine blog, the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for and Le Wine Buff for (CIVB). He will try any and all wines and tends to write about the parts of his life that include virtually all of it! He and his wife grew up in Napa and Sonoma and they still live in the Napa Valley. View Ward's WineLog and check out the wines he's recommended with his WKBadges. Follow him on Twitter and Like Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: "Ward at". Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative.

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