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    Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

    Since our last review of California Chardonnay, more goodies have found their way to my glass. This batch includes some impressive value-driven wines and a wide range of stylistic interpretations. All wines were received as trade samples and tasted single-blind. Review: 2012 Ripe Life Wines Chardonnay “The Clambake”- California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 ...

    6 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 22, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

    2011 Treasure Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007 Core Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard 2004 Château La Vieille Cure It was a light week, wine wise. My was was hurt in a fall so I had to pick up my work around the house. I also didn’t like drinking wine in front of her when she couldn’t enjoy a glass due to the pain killers.

    5 readers - By Cliff's Wine Picks

      The CCWP Wine Week: Alma Rosa, Whitcraft Winery and BUBBLYFEST

      Central Coast Wine Press - - 5 readers - Alma Rosa adds to team Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, has added two new employees to its team. They are Tom O’ Higgins, general manager, and Elaina Kroll, national sales director. O’Higgins most recently worked for V. Sattui in the Napa Valley, and Kroll in national sales for Domaine de Cristia, and represented McPrice Myers and the Barrel 27 line.

      Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

      Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Joshua Greene and 15 sommeliers from around the country fielding questions about domestic wines at the end of their Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt presentations To open their Top-100 festivities this year, Wine & Spirits hosted their inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt on Monday of this week.

      A Conversation with Steve Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards

      The Wine Write - - 3 readers - The Wine Write first heard of Beckmen Vineyards when I was planning our trip to the Central Coast in March, 2011. Critical reviews of the wines were positive, as were comments on the social media forums I researched. We were able to visit the tasting room outside Los Olivos. Candidly, the tasting experience wasn't that memorable, just a routine swing through the lineup.

      Celebration Continues on Sunday

      Food and Wine Safari - - 3 readers - On Sunday the celebration continued. With the passport visa, or by special invitation, attendees were able to visit wineries they may have missed or would like to revisit. Saturday, during the Grand Tasting, we met Tom Stolpman. He is a partner with his wife, Marilyn and son, Peter, in Stolpman Vineyards.

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      Sanford Winery ~ Sta. Rita Hills’ First Pinot Pioneers!

      … You might say that Sanford Winery & Vineyards is as old as the hills… the Santa Rita Hills, that is. It was back in 1971 when Pinot Pioneer Richard Sanford planted the first Pinot Noir grapes in the Sanford & Benedict vineyards, that put Santa Barbara Wine Country and Santa Rita Hills on the map. Fast forward 30 years…today…

      1 readers - By Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!

      Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

      … to be able to taste these, to see the selections chosen to represent each region, and to be included in seeing the work each group had done together. Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Somms getting ready for a group portrait TEAM FINGER LAKES: RIESLING Matthew Kaner of Covell in Los Angeles, Pascaline Lepeltier MS of Rouge Tomate in NYC, Steven Morgan…

      4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      A Summer Central Coast Wine Pictorial

      …. The gnarly head-trained vines there serve as my Facebook and Twitter cover photo(s). Here's what they look like in growing season: Down in Santa Barbara County, I finally made it out to Cambria Estate Winery. They make excellent estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I picked up a few to enjoy at home. Cambria is definitely off the beaten path…

      3 readers - By Randy Smith/ The Wine Write

      Celebration Continues on Sunday

      …, but used throughout the home. Just take a look at the site they selected for their home! As Tom had told us, there is a spectacular view from every direction. We are in total agreement! We thanked Tom for the time he had spent giving us a mini education in viticulture and the terroir of Stolpman Vineyard. All of these images will come to mind as I…

      3 readers - By Food and Wine Safari

      Wine of the Day October 15, 2014

      … focus, Sashi has been experimenting with Sangiovese and a unique skin contact white made from Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino, both of which are interesting and very tasty, as well Moorman makes the Stolpman Vineyards wines, plus his project with Raj Parr, Domaine de la Cote, crafting Pinot Noir. The latest Piedrasassi Syrah starts with blueberry…

      1 readers - By grapelive.com

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      … complexity but don’t overwhelm. Clean, fresh, notes of crushed chalk and sea shells in here as well. Clean, pure, but quite rich, this Chardonnay ends up pulling it off. I’d love to lay this down for four or five years because it’s got so much complexity to unravel. (91 points IJB) Review: 2012 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay Estate Vineyard…

      6 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      The CCWP Wine Week: Alma Rosa, Whitcraft Winery and BUBBLYFEST

      … worked with new vineyards in recent years, including Presqu’ile and Pence in Santa Barbara County, and Morning Dew in Anderson Valley. He is also sources from the same vineyards his father utilized, including Melville in Sta. Rita Hills. “It’s refreshing to see a young winemaker like Drake Whitcraft making great wine while still following the concepts…

      5 readers - By Central Coast Wine Press

      Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 22, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

      …! This is original to CliffsWinePicks.com. Copyright 2014 Cliff’s Wine Picks. All rights reserved. ***** Shameless Self Promotion ***** Here is a link to a YouTube video of me getting “coal” from Santa for being named the “Nicest Person in Social Media” in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOvQTeGR3-c Breaking news from Klout: Cliff’s Wine…

      5 readers - By Cliff's Wine Picks

      Santa Barbara Vintners 24rd annual Celebration of Harvest Festival!

      … Santa Barbara Vintners La Paulée dinner on Friday, October 10 Santa Barbara Wine Seminar on Saturday morning moderated by Matt Kettmann of the Wine Enthusiast and Santa Barbara Independent with six Santa Barbara County wine industry panelists New, convenient Festival Grand Tasting location - the Old Mission Santa Inés, Solvang Saturday night concert…

      1 readers - By Goddess of Wine

      A Conversation with Steve Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards

      … and vines at specific times in the year. Third, all of our fertilization comes from compost we make at the ranch, without using any mineral fertilizers. The philosophy is all about building healthy, enlivened soils, as well as creating a balanced ecosystem on our farm, including plant and animal diversity. It's the impact on the wines…

      3 readers - By Randy Smith/ The Wine Write

      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

      6 Intriguing Wines To Drink This Fall

      …-Roussillon, France 3. Frappato & Nerello Mascalese from Sicily Sicily was reinvigorated after we fell in love with its champion red grape: Nero d’Avola. Today, we’re starting to realize that Sicily has much more awesomeness in the realm of delicious red wines. This includes Frappato and Nerello Mascalese (‘Frap-pato’ and ‘Nair-rello Mask-ah…

      4 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

      Unnatural Sports R So Not Like Natural Wines

      … a Burgundy. We had a 1985 DRC La Tache like this. Lynne is right. Only buy wines ready to drink. Done. Finito. Nuff said. 13% 2004 Paul Lato Duende Pinot Noir $TAFI: The legend of Paul Lato has been documented on this blog several times. HE has achieved “old guard” stature in Santa Barbara wine country. He has a loyal following. His wines no longer suit our…

      1 readers - By The Best of Wines

      Sur les traces de Sideways

      … Si vous êtes un amateur de vin, vous avez assurément vu ou entendu parler de l’adaptation cinématographique du livre de Rex Pickett, Sideways. Le film a été tourné il y a dix ans dans le comté de Santa Barbara, où s’est tenue la Wine bloggers Conference plus tôt cet été. Accompagnée d’Alex, un ami anglais, j’en ai profité pour partir sur les…

      2 readers - By Marie Hélène/ L'Apprentie Sommelière