Tag Archives: Santa Barbara

Paradise Springs: Premium Wines from Coast to Coast*

Paradise Springs is a family owned winery with operations in Virginia and Santa Barbara. It is owned and operated by Kirk Wilde and his mother Jane Kinchiloe along with local partners.  In Santa Barbara it shares  winemaking space in Buelton … Continue reading

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Pence Winery’s Outrageously Good Wines from the Sta Rita Hills*

The Pence Winery is set on 200 acres in the Santa Rita Hills. A tiny artisanal winery, it is part of a working ranch and farm owned and operated by Blair Pence, a California realtor with a passion for wine stemming … Continue reading

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Margerum: New Releases from Santa Barbara*

Margerum Wine Company is owned and operated by Doug Margerum, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemaking entrepreneurs. It produces small quantities of premium wines made from estate-grown and purchased grapes from top neighboring vineyards.  We recently visited Doug at the … Continue reading

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Spear Vineyards and Winery: A New Promising Farm Winery in the Sta. Rita Hills

Spear is a tiny and relatively new, family-owned Santa Barbara winery that shows great promise.  Its estate vineyard nestled in the Sta Rita Hills is certified organic and sustainable.  It was first planted in 2013  on 33 acres, and its first … Continue reading

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Timbre Winery: New Releases from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties

Timbre is the new name of an outstanding 10-year old winery called La Fenetre.  The winery is based in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2005 by winemaker, Joshua Klapper  and  friend Alex Katz.  Three years … Continue reading

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Outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: New Releases from Presqu’ile Winery

Presqu’ ile Winery in Santa Maria is producing some of Santa Barbara County’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as revealed in their new releases reviewed here. When we last visited  the winery it was still under construction.  However, Matt Murphy and … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara and Rosé: A Perfect Match

During our recent trip to Santa Barbara’s wine country we tasted several rosés for our forthcoming annual rosé report.   While Santa Barbara isn’t yet recognized for its rosé wines, several producers are crafting delicious wines that merit serious attention.  We … Continue reading

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Richard Sanford: Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Pioneer

A graduate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965, and a Navy veteran, Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara.  His Sanford & Benedict Vineyard was established … Continue reading

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