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Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

| April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, while I was attending the Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire event, I was bouncing around tables with my crew when someone said, “There is a gentleman walking around that is looking to start a vineyard and winery”. We just so happened to end up at one of the tasting tables […]

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Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

| March 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few years back, I went to one of the famous Au Bon Climat (ABC)/Qupe Open Houses in Santa Maria. If you are into Santa Barbara wine, and have NOT attended one of these, you MUST! I remember I parked my car on the dirt road, and had to walk about a quarter mile to […]

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Nine Days in Heaven: Day Two: BIG Day of Tasting! Part 1

Nine Days in Heaven: Day Two: BIG Day of Tasting! Part 1

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Day Two started hangover free. Which was surprising considering the night before, I capped Day One’s festivities with fellow Berserksers, Jim Salvito and Charlie Fu. Fun filled night of Burg and Pliny. Day Two was going to be my busiest day. We had a morning appointment with Drake Whitcraft, an afternoon appointment with Mark Horvath […]

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Nine Days in Heaven: Day One: Start-in SLO

Nine Days in Heaven: Day One: Start-in SLO

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve never taken a trip to Santa Barbara wine country for granted. I used to drive from San Diego for even one-day visits! Now that we’ve moved to the United Kingdom, our trips to my favorite place in the world are even more valuable. The trip previous to this one was really short. This last […]

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Vintage 2014 Twitter Event on 12/10/14@5:30pm (Pacific)

Vintage 2014 Twitter Event on 12/10/14@5:30pm (Pacific)

| December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The grapes of Santa Barbara are about to take a different kind of lead role. Thanks to the vision of Wil Fernandez, folks will be able to see a full documentation of the 2014 growing season and harvest through a series of short films. The project is titled, “Vintage 2014: The Stories Behind the Vines“. […]

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Deadline for Comments on Sta. Rita Hills Expansion Ends Soon (DEC. 5)!!

Deadline for Comments on Sta. Rita Hills Expansion Ends Soon (DEC. 5)!!

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Photo I took while at the 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance “Wine & Fire” event The due date to submit comments on the proposed expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills (SRH) American Viticultural Area (AVA) is December 5th! This rather controversial proposition could, if approved, radically change the composition of this esteemed AVA. Now […]

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If You Don’t Know…Now You Know! 6 Santa Barbara Winemakers to Watch

If You Don’t Know…Now You Know! 6 Santa Barbara Winemakers to Watch

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the most exciting thing about following Santa Barbara wine is watching good people and their labels develop before your eyes. There are always new folks to meet and new wines to get to know. In my first post on this new blog, I thought it would be fun to profile a few folks that […]

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