February has been all about Santa Barbara County Wine Love!
As usual, on Tuesdays from 6-7pm PST I’ve been participating in Wine Studio, and this month, the theme was Santa Barbara Love and wow, did we feel it! And we’ll feel it even more on Sunday, February 28 at the Rotary tasting in Lompoc!
In week one of Wine Studio, we opened a bottle of Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (a 2009 from Santa Maria Valley Bein Nacido to be precise) from Ojai Vineyard and chimed in when Phil Carpenter @TheRealPhilC led our discussion of the region. (Note: I am a wine club member of Ojai Vineyard, and purchased this wine at the wine club discount).
In week two, we tasted chardonnay and Pinot noir with Dan Kessler aka @KHVines of Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines. Kessler moved from Michigan to California and from the tech industry to grape industry. We definitely fell in love with his seductive wines!(Note: these wines were provided as samples for my review consideration and for participation in #winestudio.)
During week three, February 16, we met Kimberly Smith of La Montagne Winery. Kim aka @LaMontagneWine studied with Wes Hagen to know what made good Pinot Noir tick. We tasted her Pinot noir and her Malvasia; we were impressed with the delicate, vibrant touch of both wines, and by the number of different wines she makes by very small lots. (Note: these wines were provided as samples for my review consideration and for participation in #winestudio.) Update: read more about Kimberly Smith’s wines here.
During the final week of February, we tasted three Rhone wines made by Larry Schaffer aka @tercerowines of Tercero Wines. I met Larry in July 2014, when prior to the Wine Bloggers Conference I stopped by his tasting room– and left with quite a few bottles of wine and an appreciation of his bread baking skills! (Note: these wines were provided as samples for my review consideration and for participation in #winestudio.) Update: read more about tercero red wines here and tercero white wines here.
Since we live in Ventura County, just south of Santa Barbara County, Que Syrah Sue and I decided we should head up to visit the wineries, meet the wine makers, and taste more of their wines! Plus we’d have more to say and a better story for subsequent blog posts about each winery.
Our schedules worked out for us to go up on Sunday, Feb. 28, so we will be experiencing the best that the Lompoc wineries have to offer at the 27th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction. Tickets available at the door for a $50 donation to support rehab of the BBQ at Beattie Park and help with the Veterans Memorial. The Lompoc Rotary Club Wine Event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 100 E Locust Ave, Lompoc CA 93436.
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And here’s the real tip of this blog post from Lisa McKinnon AKA @805Foodie: On Sunday nights, go to Scratch Kitchen. Some wine ghetto vintners pour what’s left of weekend tasting room bottles there and then!