Santa Barbara

    Game of Rhône’s

    … days people talk about ‘GSM blends’ and these three initials are cool, hip and easy identifiers, standing for Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre blended together, but not necessarily in that order. So there’s this group called the Rhone Rangers who are producers who either specifically focus on these wines, or have them in their larger portfolio…

    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…

    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…

    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

    … Fess Parker winery is called Frass Canyon in the Sideways movie Follow the characters in the movie Sideways. We have two days of adventures on the Sideways wine trail. It starts in the town of Los Olivos. Purchase your picnic food and supplies at the Los Olivos Market or Panino Café in Los Olivos. Head north from Los Olivos to Highway 154…

    3 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    #winePW 4: Sicily

    … in origin and high in iron. Only natural yeast is used to facilitate fermentation and the wine goes through partial (20%) malolactic fermentation. No wood is used during fermentation or aging. The Food So, what is Sicilian food exactly? We had no idea, so we did some research online. We found many seafood recipes, egg plant (aubergine) is commonly used…

    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

    … 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…

    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

    … beneficial in seeing where those wines come from. Less beneficial? Trying to snap pics from a bumpy car ride! So on Friday night (7/11), we scurried onto buses as they pulled up, unaware as to our final destinations. Each bus hit up a different winery or tasting room, and it wasn’t until ours was on its way that our host jumped up with impressive…

    2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell