Santa Barbara

    Game of Rhône’s

    … should know who you are, there are some 10,000 different grapes here on Planet Earth. Most suck. Beyond the Big 4 there are some amazing grapes out there, which get little attention (click for my article on the “Top 25 Odd-BallGrapes in California”). And this is where the Rhone Rangers come in. People like Larry Schaffer of Tercero in Santa Barbara…

    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

    … intensive California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS) program, for which I know hold the credential (97 baby!). With the NorCal Wine luminary Fred Swan leading the way, SF Wine School and several illustrious Santa Barbara County wineries converged on Dierberg Star Lane Vineyard in Happy Canyon to present a special deep dive class in to the terroir…

    6 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    To Santa Maria Valley, and my dinner at RN74

    …Off to Santa Barbara today, for a quick trip to the Santa Maria Valley and Cambria and Byron. I always like traveling through coastal wine country, especially at this time of the year; as you pass by the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the vast stretches of southern Monterey and the San Bernabe Vineyard – as you zip through the Central Coast…

    2 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Sideways 10th Annivesary

    … and vineyard are making the fame and fortune. The winery, tasting room and grounds are the most lavish of any of the wineries in the Santa Barbara wine region. It is definitely one of the most attractive wineries you will find in California. The winery produces 75,000 cases of wine mostly from their estate vineyards located in three different growing…

    3 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    … had a Sicilian white wine in our cellar, one we had purchased when we were last at Les Marchands in Santa Barbara. The Wine 2012 Graci Etna Bianco — medium yellow in the glass. Interesting aromas of melon and spice combine with melon, tart pineapple and hints of cedar flavors. The finish is clean. This wine has more weight in the mouth than I…

    4 readers - By Pull That Cork

    Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

    … it on the top 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…

    6 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

    Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    …After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly…

    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