Santa Barbara

    Game of Rhône’s

    … make nothing but Rhone wines and such is the dedication of many winemakers that they are practically obsessed with these wines. And that’s good for everyone. So this is a chance to sample different things, new things, diabolical things! Rhone grapes do very well in many parts of California, from the Sierra Foothills, to Napa, Paso Robles and parts…

    2 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

    Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

    …The Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards in Monterey (south of San Francisco) and Santa Barbara (just north of Los Angeles) in California. Even though northern California is cooler than southern California, both regions have similar climates due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, cool breezes and morning fog…

    6 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

    Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

    …Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me. One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013. Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin canyon…

    7 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    A day in the life: My trip to Santa Maria Valley

    … Nacido and Byron’s Nielson, which was the first modern vineyard (1964) ever planted in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Maria Valley is remarkably cool despite its southerly latitude because its east-west orientation allows maritime air to funnel in. This photo of Jonathan looks toward the west; you can see that fog out there by the Guadalupe Dunes…

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    …. There is so much more here than just Pinot Noir Miles! With it’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara County has a unique terroir, in part due to the transverse range that suddenly hangs a left at Albequerque and heads east, away from the ocean. With foggy, cool breezes, and coastal influences, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrives on the west…

    6 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    To Santa Maria Valley, and my dinner at RN74

    … which you feel subtly in your fingertips but can’t precisely define – is perhaps the more important way to understand terroir. The emotive and intuitive sense always has been important in a thorough understanding of wine. I had dinner last night with the Master Sommelier, Sur Lucero, who spoke of perceiving wine in terms of colors and shapes. I…

    2 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Sideways 10th Annivesary

    …: Althought these two wineries are not in the movie, there are along the way and worth a visit if you have the time and inclination. Zaca Mesa Winery Continue on Foxen Canyon Rd. to the Zaca Mesa Winery. This winery has a very spacious and modern tasting room. The winery concentrates on Rhone-style wines and produces excellent Syrah wines. The wines…

    3 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    …” foodwineclick is sharing “Minnesota Wine at the Midwestern Table” Pull That Cork will be sharing “winePW 4: Sicily” Confessions of a Culinary Diva will blog about “New Mexico: Burgers, Bubbles and Beer” Rockin Red Blog will share about “A Rustic Meal in Valpolicella” Cooking Chat is blogging about “A Paso Pairing: Grilled Tuna with Halter Ranch…

    4 readers - By Pull That Cork

    Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

    … of your fridge Close it with a wine preserver and put it in the fridge for tomorrow Remove the Coravin and put the bottle back in your cellar 8. What does ‘ABC’ mean to you? The alphabet. How does this relate to wine? ‘Always Buttery Chardonnay’ Drink up! ‘Anything but Chardonnay’ and it’s what I live by ‘Au Bon Climat’ in Santa Barbara. Good Pinot…

    6 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

    Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    …, with dried herbs and banking spices wrapped around bright cherries and raspberries. Kaena Tiera Alta Syrah - Luscious blackberries, cassis and grilled meat, bacon fat and gingerbread Thank you for such a great visit! If you find yourself in Los Olivos, be sure to stop in and taste both Beckmen and Kaena. You won’t be sorry! Google The post Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories appeared first on Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog.…

    3 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    The Last of our WBC14 Posts. We Hope.

    … it seemed like every winery in the Santa Barbara region had some representation, why were the wineries owned by women mostly absent? Now, it is possible that Cold Heaven Cellars (owner and winemaker Morgan Clendenen), Riverbench (winemaker Clarissa Nagy), Fiddlehead Cellars (owner and winemaker Kathy Joseph) and Rideau (owned by Iris Rideau) were all…

    1 readers - By oddballgrape.com

    2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling...

    …2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling from Santa Barbara! Stone fruit, yellow and white flowers, honeysuckle, and cashews on the nose. Candied lemon rind, thyme, and floral notes on the palate with a tease of sweetness on the finish. 3/5 bones $ Riesling 12% abv Santa Barbara County, California, USA…

    By Shiba Sommelier

    The Personal Pursuit of Balance

    …. I’m looking forward to the changes and creative process though. I will also continue to work on longer pieces, but will do so with an eye to publishing them as eBooks on wine regions. I’ve got close to enough material on the wonderful Santa Barbara County wine region to make that my first eBook, to test out the format. I would probably follow…

    3 readers - By Richard Jennings/ RJonWine.com

    Wining and whining with the #WBC14...

    …JD & The GoW at #WBC14 Opening The Goddess of Wine and First Acolyte, JD, attended the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in fabulous downtown Buellton. The weather was perfect, the Marriott Santa Ynez and Zephyr Adventures did a good job accommodating the large group of winos...ahem...bloggers, and people were enthusiastic, outgoing, and cheerful. Mostly. This was my first WBC and will probably be…

    2 readers - By Goddess of Wine

    WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

    …The Sta. RIta Hills from Sanford Winery & Vineyards Arguably the best part of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2014 (WBC14) experience was the chance to get out into the countryside of the region the conference highlighted. The Santa Barbara Vintners did their best to introduce us to the wines at the hotel, but there is something intangibly…

    2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell