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    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 running north to south in a curving line.

    7 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

      Wine Folly - - 6 readers - Wine is a lot like art, literature and music, in that the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. However, learning can be tricky because it’s hard to figure out how to get started. What’s worse is that the path of entry is guarded by snobs. What type of wine lover are you? Are you a Wine Beginner, Wine Lush or a Wine Snob? Take this quiz to find wine personality fits you the most.

      Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

      Luscious Lushes - - 6 readers - #QPB members BrixChicks LIza & Dallas Wine Chick Melanie, with BrixChicks Xandria hiding in the center After our #QPB left Los Olivos and settled back in to WBC mode, we had one more adventure to see too before the official conference began.

      #winePW 4: Sicily

      Pull That Cork - - 4 readers - When David posted the theme for the September #winePW (wine pairing weekend) both Pete and I knew right away we wanted to participate. This month’s theme, Regional Food and Wine Pairings, leaves a whole world full of regions to consider. We pretty quickly narrowed our choice to Sicily.

      Sideways 10th Annivesary

      Wine Country Getaways - - 3 readers - 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.

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      Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

      …. This is a dry Chardonnay with a medium body. It tastes of citrus, lemon/lime, melon and tart apple. The mid palate adds pineapple, a touch of minerality and kiwi. The acidity is well-balanced, this Chardonnay will work well with food and function nicely while sipped on the back porch. The finish is lengthy, crisp and clean. The Layer Cake Central…

      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 Wine Country Getaways

      #winePW 4: Sicily

      … on the #winePW site. You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later! Stay tuned for the October Wine Pairing Weekend, which will focus on “Fall Fruits and Wine Pairings” on Saturday, October 11. Cheers!…

      4 readers - By Pull That Cork

      Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

      … 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 Noir 9…

      6 readers - By Wine Folly

      Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

      …! But before we started this barrel adventure, we had to make our way out of Los Olivos, and down the road to Beckmen. As I attempted to corral the #QPB out of the door of Tercero, what would appear to our wandering eyes but Frank Morgan – the erstwhile Drink What You Like Virginian. If you are not familiar with this breed of wine blogger, it is a unique…

      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 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