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Sanford & Benedict: Historic Vineyard’s Story Told for First Time by Co-Founder

In sum, it appears evident that Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict’s instincts regarding planting in a cooler site like this portion of the Santa Ynez Valley certainly paid off. They also appear to have been fortunate in getting a good selection of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Karl Wente as the base for their vineyard. They also lucked into benefiting from the Santa Rita Hills’s soils, which seem to have a special affinity for Pinot Noir. Continue reading

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Santa Maria Valley: Low Profile, Cool Climate Excellence

With the new developments at these three Santa Maria producers, I expect the appellation’s profile will soon be rising. Savvy wine buyers already know that Bien Nacido on the label is a signal that the wine inside is bound to be good. Some of the other producers who are making wonderful wines from grapes grown in this region include Chanin, Foxen, La Fenêtre, Paul Lato, Summerland and Tyler. Continue reading

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California Wine Gets More Diverse: The Balance Movement

It’s an exciting time to be following the wine industry in California. Things are changing. The dominance of big, fruit-forward, super-ripe wines is starting to fade. The diversity of wine styles available to the consumer is growing. This includes lower alcohol, higher acid, more minerally wines that winemakers are striving for by picking earlier, growing in cooler locations, and using less new oak, among other things. Continue reading

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