Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve written about Jessica Gasca in the past, if you’d like to refresh your memory, click HERE!

Jessica was a person I met on one of our initial trips to Santa Barbara. At that time, she was working at Sanguis. She asked me to help bottle there once. First impression after watching her work as Assistant Winemaker was that she was meticulous, very thorough, and all business. I knew from there, she was going to be an amazing winemaker.

I always love tasting with Jessica as well since she has such an amazing palate and has a beautiful energy when sharing wine. I don’t know if it’s a technique, or if it’s just natural skill, but Jess doesn’t overload tasters with notes. She kind of floats around the tasting group and brings such a relaxing vibe, all while providing crucial info. She really is the total package.

Well, she has taken on a new venture with her husband, Brady. A brand new tasting room in Los Olivos for her new label, Story of Soil. I’d seen pics popping up on Facebook and HAD to send her an e-mail to get the skinny on the news. Also, saw my friend Ken Adams was in Los Olivos and asked him to take pics for me…and he did! So shout-out to Ken for getting me some great pics for this post.

Let’s get to Jess’ responses:

SBWT: When did you decide on getting a tasting room?

Jess: Pretty recently. But, my mailing list customers kept asking me where they could taste my wine. Having people over to my house was fun, but thought a tasting room would be the best place for requesting strangers to visit. 😉

SBWT: Where is the tasting room?

Jess: The mighty little town of Los Olivos. (2362 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos CA)

SBWT: What about the site made you feel like this was the right spot?

Jess: If you’ve ever been to Los Olivos, you know what an amzing town it is! I live one mile north and absolutely love the idea of investing in the community that I already love so dearly.

SBWT: From the pictures I’ve seen, it’s absolutely beautiful. Who came up with the design?

Jess: Honestly? My budget. That may sound silly, but (this winery and now) tasting room is not built from big money. It’s built from passion and hard work. Much of what is a part of my tasting room was completed with friends and locals from the community that helped this vision come together.

SBWT: Did you have anyone help you build the website?

Jess: My husband Brady, who is my better half and the other half of our business.

SBWT: Are you offering a wine club?

Jess: Yes. With our small production of 1,000 cases our wine club will be the only way to try some of our limited wines (that highlight the best vineyards on the Central Coast).

SBWT: Who will be pouring at the site?

Jess: Myself and my husband… It’s truly a small family operation.

SBWT: You’ve worked with some amazing labels (Grassini, Sanguis, Costa de Oro, Fess Parker), and recently with Dragonette. Will you be continuing with Dragonette or are you forging ahead with your label?

Jess: I will continue to work with the Dragonette Cellars team as long as they’ll keep me!!!! Those three guys are a true inspiration and are paving the way for the ‘little guys’ in the world of wine. I am where I am today because of them.

SBWT: What lineup will you be pouring to start?

Jess: Mirabella Vineyard (Los Olivos District AVA) Sauvignon Blanc , Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir (biodynamically farmed), Gold Coast Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley AVA), Slide Hill Grenache (Biodynamically famred) and Larner Vineyard Syrah (Ballard Canyon AVA)

As you can see in the pics below, the space looks AMAZING! My family and I will be in Los Olivos in August and I can’t wait to see it in person. If you’d like to visit Jess & Brady, please feel free to contact them at the details listed below:

Story of Soil Website: http://storyofsoilwine.com/
Tasting room address: 2362 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos CA 93441
Hours: Open every day, 11-to 5
Phone: 805.220.8248
Facebook: Story of Soil
Instagram: storyofsoilwine


Jess & Brady


New sign!

Photos from outside:


Beautiful chalk map of the valley


Info!


Brady workin’ the bar


Jess!

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Hello, and welcome to “Santa Barbara Wine Talk,” a blog dedicated solely to the wines of the Santa Barbara area. Santa Barbara has so much to offer the wine world. The area is relatively young compared to its Northern California counterparts, but its fame is skyrocketing. Pioneer Richard Sanford planted the first Pinot vines in the diatomaceous earth of the Santa Rita Hills in the 70’s. Around that same time, Jim Clendenen, Bob Lindquist, and Adam Tolmach worked together at Zaca Mesa on the Foxen Trail and established the fabulous Rhone varietals in the area. Fast forward to today, where Manfred Krankl’s wines garner a hundred points and a bunch of young guns are making world-class wine. The Santa Barbara growing region is incredibly diverse. From cool climate sites like Watch Hill, Thompson vineyard, and the aforementioned Santa Rita Hills, to the warmer Santa Ynez Valley and new American Viticulture Area (AVA) Happy Canyon. There is also the only north-south valley in California, the Ballard Canyon (the NEWEST AVA), Santa Maria, and perhaps the most famous vineyard, Bien Nacido. The towns of Los Olivos, Solvang, and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto have seemed to double the number of tasting rooms in the past few years! Happily for those with full tasting schedules, most sites are within twenty minutes of each other (at least when I’m driving!). As for me, I’ve had a passion for wine since 2004. In the grand scheme of things, that is a mere blip in the wine game. It wasn’t until my wife and her parents took me to Napa/Sonoma that I realized, “I love this stuff!” Ever since then, I’ve been on a quest to learn as much as I can about wine. I don’t think my wife’s family knew they were going to create such a monster… After a few trips to Sonoma/Napa, my wife and I decided to give Santa Barbara a try. Not expecting much, we woke up early to beat the LA traffic and headed up the coast. We had the great pleasure to meet with Greg Brewer at Brewer-Clifton. His chards and pinots left us speechless. Next appointment was with Larry Schaffer. Anyone who spends five minutes with Larry will be ready to run through a wall, jacked to try some Rhones. I’d never had a Grenache before…or a Syrah from a cool climate site and in neutral oak…again my mind was blown. A tour around Clos Pepe with Wes Hagen was an absolutely amazing experience and taught me the uniqueness of the Santa Rita Hills. Jaffurs was the last stop before we headed back to San Diego. I instantly fell in love with their wines. I couldn’t believe how amazing they were. I’ve been hooked ever since. As good as the wine is in this region, the people and the hospitality are even better. I’ve never had so much access to winemakers, facilities, and wines, and all are shared with great enthusiasm and passion. It’s because of this that I felt a need to share this special place with as many people as I could.

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