Jim and Mary Dierberg brought more than 20 years experience as winery owners to the Santa Barbara County venture they began in 1996. In 1974, they had purchased the historic Hermannhof Winery in Missouri, located just west of their home town, St. L..
Dierberg’s Drum Canyon Vineyard high in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Dierberg Vineyards, based Santa Barbara County, produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from their estate vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon AV..
I sat down with winemaker Ryan Hodgins a couple weeks ago to taste a couple of his recent FEL Pinot Noir releases. They were very good. My reviews are below but, first, here’s some background on FEL which is a newish brand.
World of Pinot Noir, an annual celebration of Pinot Noir from around the world, takes place this March 3-4 at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, CA. Once again, it offers an enviable collection of Pinot tastings, seminars and dinners. Tickets are ..
While Santa Barbara County is well-known for its cool climate and expressive wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, those things don’t define the entire region. The Happy Canyon AVA, in the eastern-most portion of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA is w..
Foxen Vineyard was founded by Bill Wathen and Dick Doré in 1985. They still operate it today. Bill is responsible for winemaking and viticulture, Dick is general manager and runs sales. Their wines are made from Bordelais, Burgundian, Rhone, Loire ..
This article is focused on what see and do in Santa Maria Valley. For a detailed look at the Santa Maria Valley AVA, including all of its wineries and vineyards, see What Everyone Should Know about the Santa Maria Valley AVA.
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Wine-grape growing first came to the Santa Maria Valley in the 1830’s. However, it was not until 1964 that it became a modern, wine-growing region with the creation of a new vineyard by Uriel Nielsen and Bill De Mattei. It was the first commercial ..
In 1973, Jospeh Phelps bought a former cattle ranch—760 acres in eastern St. Helena—in order to plant a vineyard. Based in Colorado, his business was construction but wine had long been an enthusiasm, drinking it of course, but also making it in hi..
During my recent trip to Santa Barbara County, Wes Hagen met with me at the lovely new J. Wilkes tasting room in Los Olivos. Wes is both winemaker and brand ambassador at J Wilkes, having joined them in 2015 after a 21 year run as winemaker and vin..