Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association recently gathered six Wineries and twelve Wine Bloggers to host their first Coast-to-Coast Wine Chat. Readers of Wine Everyday are familiar with the format, tasting and tweeting our impressions of the wines and then summing it all up for you. Here are the six wines featured:
2010 Pearl Paradise Mountain Viognier by Imagine Wine
Using grapes sourced from Paradise Road Vineyard in the San Yenez Valley, Winemaker Ross Rankin handcrafted this graceful Viognier. During our Twitter Chat, Ross remarked that “Santa Barbara County is known for their Pinot Noir and Syrah, but we grow over 65 different kinds of grapes here.”
The wine presents a pale yellow hue almost champagne like; and slight perfume and floral aromas; flavors of lemon tart and peaches round out the wine with a mild vanilla finish. While it drinks very nicely alone, this wine pairs well with a fruit salad or a bit of manchago cheese.Alcohol 14.3% | 100% Viognier | $24 | natural cork closure
2011 Arneis Honea Vineyard by Palmina
This is a new-to-me grape variety, Arneis, is a white Italian grape traditionally used as a blending grape, now grown in Australia, California and New Zealand. Arneis translates to ‘little rascal’ which explains its propensity to be difficult to grow. The grapes for Palmina’s wine are grown at Honea Vineyard in the Los Olivos District of the Santa Yenz Valley.
Light yellow in color with dusty wet wood aromas; mouth-feel is bright, light with lemon citrus flavors. The wine has a clean mineral finish. This is a refreshing wine, perfect for summer sipping; I paired this wine with grilled cilantro pesto shrimp. If you’ve never experienced Arnies wines you should strongly consider adding it to your white wine line up especially at this price point!Alcohol 13.5% | 100% Arneis | $20 | natural cork closure
2012 Sierra Madre Chardonnay Summerland Winery
Sourced from grapes grown in the Santa Maria Valley AVA this wine drinks in the classic French Chablis style. Light green apple color with steely aromas along with a mouth-feel of stainless steel and lemon rind, leading to a sharp finish with plenty of acidity.
This is a wine to try if you are looking for a Chardonnay that hasn’t been oaked & buttered.Alcohol 14.1% | 100% Chardonnay | $35 | 150 cases made | natural cork closure
2010 Brewer-Clifton Gnesa Chardonnay
Grapes from Lee Gnesa (knee-sa) Vineyards are exclusively used in this Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay, the wine presents a Straw golden hue with aromas of lemon floral essences. A tart grapefruit flavor with a tart lemon finish. The theme of lemon and citrus flavors are woven into most of the wines from this evenings tasting, a great feature of this region.Alcohol 14.2% | 100% Chardonnay | $48 | 150 cases made | natural cork closure
2010 Sauvignon Blanc Fontes & Phillips
Husband and wife wine-making team Allan and Rochelle craft small lot, single vineyard wines sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. Their personal touch continues to the hand application of the beautifully crafted handmade pewter label made in South America.
A ‘shy yellow’ color in the glass; aromas of fresh linen and grass; flavors of citrus rind and tart watermelon lead to a tart clean finish. This wine paired well with a fresh salad of spinach, strawberry and toasted almonds.Alcohol 13.8% | 100% Sauvignon Blanc | $18 | natural cork closure
2012 Sauvignon Blanc Baehner Fournier Vineyards
Not just a ‘single vineyard’ wine, the grapes used for this wine are from one row of grapevines at the Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara!
Very pale tint of yellow color with aromas of a hay field and flavors of grapefruit with a crisp citrus rind finish. This wine drinks great on a hot day!Alcohol 13.5% | 100% Sauvignon Balnc | $20 | 90 cases made | natural cork closure
I hope you get a chance to visit each of these wineries, their web sites are linked within the article. If you get a chance to get to Santa Barbara, be sure to stop in and tell them Wine Everyday said Cheers!Many thanks to Bill Eyer Director of #WineChat , Morgen McLaughlin, Executive Director Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association and to the Wineries for sharing their time and their wine with us.