Hi, my name is Louis Villard and this is my blog, Spiltwine.

I write about wine in California and contribute to Decanter, The Santa Barbara Independent, Edible Magazine, 7×7, Where Magazine, Zester Daily, Food & Home, Imbibe, Wine-Searcher, The Santa Barbara News-Press, and Catavino.net.

Louis Villard Spiltwine

I’ve worked in the wine industry for a bit of time now, starting in production in my native Santa Barbara at Rusack Vineyards. Eventually I moved to France and spent a few years in the Languedoc as the assistant winemaker at Domaine de la Sauvageonne. From there I moved to England and embraced the world as a sommelier culminating at the Savoy Grill for Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing.

Having spent ten years across the pond I’m now back in California writing about wine.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and did some exams for being a sommelier.
If you would like to contact me, my email is: louis[at]spiltwine[dot]com (anti-spam)

Follow me on twitter @spiltwine
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13 thoughts on “About

  1. Sam H says:

    Awesome – you make me want to drink wine. Now.

  2. Louise Hurren says:

    Congratulations on the launch of your site! Good luck with it!

  3. Nice one Louis!! Good to see you’re keeping yourself busy and off the streets. Keep on spitting.


  4. Steffi says:

    Hi Louis,

    like your homepage, always up to new stuff – will you be at the WOSA Tasting in London on the 13th & 14th?

    Sunny greetings from SA!


  5. Rupert Nicholson says:

    Damn…must have just missed you in Burgundy. I was on a bit of a road trip from Chateauneuf to Irancy this week. Found some cool new wines. Like the new blog

  6. Claire Rawlinson says:

    Loving your blog, Louis! x

  7. Nice to know more about you… Happy to share a glass of (French) wine with you!

  8. lucia says:

    Hi Loui,
    I am looking forward to test wines in England! Nos vemos at the Spencer event!

  9. Charity says:

    thanks for the great post. Best regards

  10. Dear Louis,
    hope you’re well and you r move has been successful so far. I know how stressful moves of this kind are. I’ve just done one after 15 yrs in the City.
    If I remember correctly you’ve moved to California right? I pretty much envy you! Beautiful country.
    I was wondering if, when settled, you’ll plan to write anything about that pm at the Naval Club in London. I am constantly looking for new ways to offer more visibility to these excellent products and I firmly believe Wine bloggers is one of the best way.
    Please let me have you thoughts and give me a shout if you’ll want to drink some Prosecco Riccardo from the other side of the Pond!

    Riccardo Tomadin

  11. Nick Chiu says:

    I am at Ashdown Park.
    Heard a lot about you.

  12. French Wine says:

    Great well written article and a great website. I wish I would of found this website much sooner. I certainly will be bookmarking it and checking back in the near future for more articles.

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