Tag Archives: Santa Maria Valley

Bubbles Rising: Sparkling Trend in Santa Barbara?

One thing I’ve learned from several trips to Santa Barbara County over the past year is that there’s tremendous potential for making sparkling wines here. The exciting news is that an increasing number of excellent Santa Barbara area producers are trying their hand at creating delicious sparkling wines. Continue reading

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More Santa Barbara Deliciousness: Longoria and Rusack

Two more Santa Barbara County producers I visited last month whose wines greatly impressed me possess winemakers who are highly respected by their peers. Both winemakers–Longoria’s Richard Longoria and Rusack’s Steven Gerbac–are modest, low key, high achievers who constantly experiment, searching for ways to improve their already excellent wines. 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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Exploring Terroir and Balance in Santa Barbara County

This Santa Barbara immersion confirmed for me what I’ve been suspecting for a few years now: this region is making some of California’s most interesting, compelling and balanced wines. Growers and winemakers here are earnestly delving into the varied terroirs of this region, trying to understand and appreciate their impact on their wines in great depth. Continue reading

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